How does Secular Humanism oppose the Bible?


By BibleAsk Team

Secular humanism and the Bible represent two contrasting worldviews that offer distinct perspectives on life, morality, and the human condition. While the Bible presents a framework rooted in divine revelation and religious faith, secular humanism advocates for reason, science, and human autonomy as the primary sources of knowledge and morality. This exploration delves into the ways in which secular humanism opposes the Bible, examining key principles, values, and beliefs from both perspectives, and highlighting areas of divergence and conflict.

Foundation of Secular Humanism

A. Human Autonomy:

Secular humanism asserts the autonomy and agency of human beings as the ultimate arbiters of truth, morality, and purpose. It rejects supernatural explanations and divine authority in favor of human reason, critical thinking, and empirical evidence as the basis for understanding the world and making ethical decisions.

  1. Psalm 146:3 – “Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.”
  2. Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

B. Naturalism and Materialism:

Secular humanism embraces naturalistic explanations for the origins and nature of the universe, rejecting supernatural or metaphysical beliefs in favor of scientific inquiry and natural laws. It views the material world as the primary reality, denying the existence of spiritual realms or divine beings beyond the natural order.

  1. Colossians 2:8 – “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.”
  2. Romans 1:20 – “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”

C. Moral Relativism:

Secular humanism promotes moral relativism, asserting that moral values and ethical norms are culturally determined and subject to individual interpretation. It rejects absolute standards of right and wrong, arguing that morality evolves over time and varies across different societies and cultural contexts.

  1. Isaiah 5:20 – “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
  2. Romans 2:14-15 – “For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them.”

Opposition to Biblical Principles

A. Divine Authority and Revelation:

Secular humanism opposes the Bible’s claims of divine authority and revelation, asserting that religious texts are human constructs reflecting cultural biases, historical contexts, and theological interpretations rather than divine inspiration or absolute truth. It rejects the idea of a transcendent God who communicates with humanity through sacred scriptures.

  1. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 – “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
  2. Hebrews 4:12 – “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

B. Sin and Salvation:

Secular humanism denies the concept of sin as a violation of divine law or moral transgression against God, viewing human behavior in terms of social, psychological, and biological factors rather than spiritual consequences. It rejects the need for salvation or redemption through faith in Christ, emphasizing human potential for moral improvement and societal progress.

  1. Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
  2. Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

C. Purpose and Meaning:

Secular humanism denies the existence of a transcendent purpose or ultimate meaning in life beyond the natural world, asserting that individuals must create their own meaning and fulfillment through human relationships, personal achievements, and contributions to society. It rejects the biblical narrative of humanity’s creation, fall, and redemption, offering a worldview centered on human potential and societal progress.

  1. Ecclesiastes 12:13 – “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.”
  2. John 10:10 – “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”


In conclusion, secular humanism and the Bible represent divergent worldviews that offer competing perspectives on truth, morality, and the human experience. While secular humanism asserts the primacy of human reason, autonomy, and naturalistic ethics, the Bible presents a framework rooted in divine revelation, moral absolutes, and spiritual truths. Secular humanism opposes the Bible’s claims of divine authority, sin, salvation, purpose, and meaning, advocating for a worldview grounded in humanism, naturalism, and moral relativism.

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