Let’s begin with a hat tip, Humanism Revoked? | See, there’s this thing called biology… (wordpress.com). Insanitybytes22 has a lighthearted post that pokes fun at the revocation of an award to Richard Dawkins by the American Humanist Association (American Humanist Association Board Statement Withdrawing Honor from Richard Dawkins – American Humanist Association). Here is another take, Richard Dawkins — American Humanist Association Cancels Author | National Review.
What makes the American Humanist Association so funny? Well, take a look at their The Ten Commitments – AHA Center for Education (americanhumanistcenterforeducation.org). Their Ten Commitments are a counterfeit of Exodus 20:1-17 NASB – The Ten Commandments – Bible Gateway. These humanists are guilty of making a pretense of being something they are not. As demonstrated by their treatment of Dawkins, they counterfeit virtues they don’t actually possess.
Is the American Humanist Association an obvious counterfeit? Well, they apparently have some people fooled. So, maybe not. That suggests we ought to explore the subject a bit.
What is a counterfeit?
Definition of counterfeit
1: something counterfeit : FORGERY
//The $20 bill turned out to be a counterfeit.
2: something likely to be mistaken for something of higher value
//Pity was a counterfeit of love …— Harry HerveyCounterfeit | Definition of Counterfeit by Merriam-Webster
When American Humanist Association creates their own Ten Commandments, they aspire to be a sort of church, that is, the counterfeit of a Christian church. That’s not good. Why? Well, instead of encouraging us to worship our Creator, the American Humanist Association would have us worshipping ourselves. Note that each of their Ten Commitments begins with the word “I”. Whereas The Ten Commandments require us to obey God, the Ten Commitments require us to obey ourselves?
When considered objectively, the Ten Commitments are sort of hilarious, especially this “commitment.”
“I will be aware of my strengths and weaknesses, and appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of others.”
Humility means displaying modesty about accomplishments, talents, gifts, or importance of self. It acknowledges we humans are fallible and have limitations in what we know and can do. Being humble isn’t about having low self-esteem or denigrating oneself. Humility at its core is robust self-awareness—awareness of our strengths and weaknesses, our faults and our merits. Humility involves setting aside personal pride and overcoming our egos to embrace gratitude for what we have and appreciate others for who they are. In being humble, we recognize our own value in relation to others; inherently, we are neither better nor worse than anyone else.The Ten Commitments – AHA Center for Education (americanhumanistcenterforeducation.org)
Some time back I wrote this post, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ON PRIDE AND HUMILITY – Citizen Tom, and it remains one of my favorite posts. Much of it quotes Franklin whose wisdom and wit I can only aspire to. Here is how the last quote ends.
In reality, there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself; you will see it, perhaps, often in this history; for, even if I could conceive that I had compleatly overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility.Full text of “The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin” (archive.org)
“Proud of my humility?” Imagine how Franklin would react to the arrogance of anyone who speaks of themselves as BEING humble. Franklin was well aware of the fact that he could counterfeit humility, but he understood that the exercise of true humility required that he admit his inability to completely defeat his pride in himself.
Pride, not humility, apparently explains the rest of the commitments on the American Humanist Association’s Ten Commitments. “I” am going to make myself perfect and solve all the world’s problems? We just have to do it “my” way, of course.
When we counterfeit something, we make a copy of the real thing, and we pretend that the copy is the real thing. Satan is the greatest of counterfeiters, and he encourages us to counterfeit the things of God. Why? Consider.
In his pride, Satan wants us worship him, not God. With lies, deceit, fakery, and counterfeits, Satan appeals to our pride. Thus, he separates us from God and lures us to worship him.
- What the Bible says about Satan as Counterfeit of Creator God (bibletools.org)
- How Does Satan Counterfeit Jesus? (blueletterbible.org)
- The False Prophet and Satan’s Counterfeit Trinity – Living in the Age of Signs – DavidJeremiah.org
- Satan’s Ten Strategies Against You | Desiring God
- How can we discern counterfeit miracles? | GotQuestions.org