(Greg Epstein humanist chaplain at Harvard since 2005 and at MIT since 2018)
When Satan first endeavored to deceive Adam and Eve, he did so by discrediting God. His sly twisting and contradictions of God’s clear instructions stoked sin in the human heart. The resulting curse consigned the creation to decay and mortal man to eventual death.
In the generations that followed, mankind strayed further and further from the living God. Recognizing the existence of a spiritual realm beyond our physical senses, many cultures fashioned and worshiped false gods. Satan and his entourage of rebelling spirits lurked behind every idol crafted by the hands of men.
“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition” 2 Thess. 2:3
In today’s upside-down world, there are men and women who profess to be Satanists. They laud the devil as lord and seek to purposely offend God Almighty. Their eventual recognition of truth will be tragic and swift if they pass from this life adhering to such foolishness.
Additionally, a rising chorus of people — especially in the former Christian West — now assert their rejection of any belief in God. They claim an enlightenment that frees them from belief in any deity. These self-claimed atheists instead worship humanity. Calling themselves humanists they believe that mankind will elevate its collective consciousness, leading to a utopia without suffering, want, or war.
When asked about their religious affiliation in nationwide polls, more and more young people are declaring themselves to be “nones” — meaning that they refuse to affiliate with any religion, especially Christianity (see the Pew Forum).
Our own culture’s slide into post-Christian oblivion was deceptively slow over the past century. But lately, the rush toward secularism is accelerating with shocking speed.
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