Principles of freedom, liberty, and equality only thrive in a culture that recognizes the God of the Bible. Without God, a culture quickly descends into depravity. Humanism and Atheism as governing principles bring oppression, not freedom. Humanist Manifesto II regards other belief systems with contempt, especially Christianity. Nations degenerate very quickly without God and biblical principles as foundations!
Last week we looked at how the founding principles of the US recognize God as sovereign ruler and creator. We’ll contrast these foundations with the French Revolution founded on Humanism. The French principles appear similar: liberty, equality, and fraternity with one significant difference, the lack of any reference to God. The French Revolution articles are a purely Humanist document! The first six articles show the revolution’s Humanist principles
French Revolution Articles 1789:
- Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Social distinctions may be founded only upon the general good.
- The aim of all political association is the preservation of the natural and imprescriptible rights of man. These rights are liberty, property, security, and resistance to oppression.
- The principle of all sovereignty resides essentially in the nation. No body (group) or individual may exercise any authority, which does not proceed directly from the nation.
- Liberty consists in the freedom to do everything, which injures no one else; hence, the exercise of the natural rights of each man has no limits except those, which assure to the other members of the society the enjoyment of the same rights. Only law can determine these limits.
- The Law can only prohibit such actions as are hurtful to society. Nothing may be prevented which is forbidden by law, and no one may be forced to do anything not provided for by law.
- The law is the expression of the general will. Every citizen has a right to participate personally, or through his representative, in its foundation. It must be the same for all whether it protects or punishes…
As the French Revolution progressed, it did not give birth to the realization of its founding principles. Without reverence for God or His rule, human depravity took control and resulted in the “Reign of Terror.” This new government, established by the above articles murdered more than 40,000 of its own citizens. The guillotine removed more than fifteen thousand heads, and another twenty-five thousand were executed across the nation. This revolution eventually was overthrown by a second revolution. Left unchecked, it would have destroyed the country entirely.
Two more examples of how foundations of the Bible or Humanism influence the history and health of a nation, both positively and negatively are:
Positively: William Wilberforce’s campaign to rid England of slavery based on Christianity.
Negatively: The rise of the Nazi regime, Hitler, and the Third Reich, based on Humanism.
Nations built on Biblical principles grow to thrive, Nations built on Humanist principles don’t long survive.
This blog is from portions of “Cultural Context” in my book ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.” Charlie is also the author of Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! http://yourchristiananswers.com
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