The World’s Second Oldest Religion (III)

God creates us; He does not coerce us. Because the humanistic state is not our creator, it can only remake us into its appointed image by coercion. Thus, education in the hands of the state is coercive, compulsory, and a form of humanistic predestination. In every sphere, the state is coercive because it is anti-God, anti-Christ. It insists on playing the potter with the lives of the people. But nothing is more evil or more deadly than a non-god playing god. We then have the triumph of the demonic.[1]

Education in all parts of the world is not in a good state. Why? We’ve excluded God from it. The State, the institution that clearly has a vested interest in manipulating education for its own ends, has for 150 years in Australia made itself responsible for ensuring education took place, while the family has been quietly but systematically excluded from the process. And meanwhile, the Church has effectively had its head in the sand.

Whenever God is excluded from any human endeavour, we can expect that endeavour to go into a steep decline. It no longer has the ability to move forward with meaning or legitimate purpose.

How do we know this?

God’s original command to Adam and Eve was to “be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Gen.1:28). But when this command is ignored in an educational context (or any other), there is no foolish, stupid or nonsensical idea that comes into the human heart, that will not be ignored.

We know this, because the Bible warns us of it in Romans 1:21-23:

…Even though they knew God, they did not honour Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

When the human heart rejects the knowledge of God, our hearts turn from the Creator to the creature-in worship! The very things we were supposed to rule over begin to rule over us, and we begin to idolise them: corruptible man, birds, four-footed animals and crawling creatures. This partially explains the modern environmentalist movement. Rushdoony’s comments here are helpful:

To abandon the triune God of scripture and His infallible word is ultimately to abandon all things, to abandon meaning for nothingness. Modern man has retreated into nothingness in his flight from God. Even there, however, all things are unendurable, and modern man is haunted by dreams of terror, unreason, and destruction, because, having fled from God, he flees also from God’s creation, which includes his own being. To flee from God to nothingness is to run headlong into judgment. Philosophy becomes pretension and evasion, and man’s despair a façade for his wilful sin.[2]

This explains why modern man has run to the hopelessness of existentialism and nihilism and any other ism he could find, that excused him from facing up to the God of the Bible. Anything but God! But like a man on a tread-mill, the more he runs, the more he realises he is going nowhere. He can’t get away from the facts of God which he views every day in all of creation (including himself), so well expressed by the Psalmist’s rhetorical questions: “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there” (Ps.139:7-8).

 If God did indeed create heaven and earth and all things therein, then nothing can have any meaning or interpretation apart from God. Inasmuch as all things came into being by virtue of His sovereign decree, all things have meaning only in terms of His eternal counsel. The only true interpretation of any fact, including man, is in terms therefore of God the Creator and providential Controller.[3]

Christians will never defeat humanism, the world’s second oldest religion, until they are finally prepared to identify it accurately as a religion implicitly linked to Statism: an idol for destruction. It must be dragged up from the ground root and branch. Then, parents will be able to continue to ensure that the education of children is a family responsibility, completely unrelated to the State. And then, the nations of the world will have liberty they have never dreamed of.  

As Van Til puts it, ‘Either presuppose God and live, or presuppose yourself as ultimate and die. That is the alternative with which the Christian must challenge his fellow man.’ [4]


[1] Rousas Rushdoony, “Romans and Galatians,” 1997, p.178.

[2] Rousas Rushdoony, “The Death of Meaning,” 2002, p.83.

[3] Rousas Rushdoony, “By What Standard?” 1959, [1995], p.9.

[4] Rousas Rushdoony, ibid, p.112.