there is a way . . .

There is a way that seems right to a man,
but in the end it leads to death.  Proverbs
14:12 NIV

(humanism—a theme song)
a teaching rhyme
by JD Collier


there is a way that seems so right to man
with empathy a kind and bleeding heart
does not condemn or judge but understand
that man is central
has the leading part
religion stifles
it is not astute
to give man rules or put him to the test
to place restraints or hinder his pursuit
but leave him free to do what he thinks best

there is no god but man
and he it is that can
bring peace to earth
give it new birth
they say praise be to man

Jerusalem no longer has control
as people build new shrines to take its place
diversity and tolerance extol
this standard of great progress to embrace
as men join hands with all the human race
to nurture and express his dulcet art
of dialogue
respect each others place
affirm the basic good that shrouds the heart

there is no god but man
and he it is that can
bring peace to earth
give it new birth
they say praise be to man

to self-determine is the key to all
in commonality will answers come
and darwin progress though it be a crawl
will bring to man deliverance from the scum
and moral change decided by the sum
of human species global in its scope
(as culture beats its anthrocentric drum)
will place in man its future and its hope

there is no god but man
and he it is that can
bring peace to earth
give it new birth
they say praise be to man

this way that seems so right and good to man
that lifts him up and claims to make him whole
will it take him to a place he did not plan
a place where he’ll be harmed with death to soul [i]
there lives a pride so cunningly adorned
that coaxes one to think not as he ought
but trust in self
refusing to be warned
that man is not as good as he has thought

the God who is has sent His Son in love
to tell the truth that mankind went astray
and needs for Him to save the man out of
his darkness and provide a lighted way
He took the pride and nailed it to a tree
from every sin He set the sinner free
and only trust in Jesus
God’s own Lamb
who died and rose
can give new life to man

there is a God
not man
and He it is that can
bring peace to earth
give it new birth

through Christ
both God and Man
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


[i] Isa 50:10-11 illustrates this point. Verse 10 describes what the Lord asks of us:  “Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the word of his servant?  Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God.”  Verse 11 describes the result of those who walk by their own light (humanism):   “But now, all you who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches, go, walk in the light of your fires and of the torches you have set ablaze.  This is what you shall receive from my hand:  You will lie down in torment.” NIV (emphasis mine).  The way may seem like the right way to go but the end is not very pleasant.

 

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