If faith is what empowered and guides a follower of Christ, we should expect to find a counterfeit form of this faith that the evil one uses to confuse him. The world’s version of faith can be recognized by different coats that it wears. However, its deceptive heart is essentially the same throughout the generations of human mankind. We need to ask two questions.
1. What does today’s version of counterfeit faith look like?
Biblical faith shapes the lives of God’s people. Faith is not the end but the means. God is the end. Faith allows man’s soul to connect with God in Christ. From this heavenly faith, his earthly life is changed.
The world believes faith shapes their lives too, but they have something else in mind. Rooted in humanism, their faith is dependent upon what they can dream up. Their faith is limited to man itself. This faith is limited to man himself. Even their decoded religions and philosophies are but reflections of their own heart. Because of this, his announced life goals are to reach himself. They need to word harder at dreaming, and being more inspired, so that their faith might develop to its full potential
Today the breeding of confidence in man is more structured than ever. This means we have yet so see the worlds worst. Just like the schools of Al-Quids have produced thousands of men who are willing to kill themselves so they could kill others, so our educational systems are breeding humanists. They do this both through destroying allegiance to their parents and by emphasizing self-esteem and self-confidence. Advances in medicine, science and knowledge have regularly deceived man so that now he is inflated into a balloon of pride. Man is more confident that ever that he can handle whatever comes. There is a wish that man would humble himself a bit and state at the mess that we are standing in.
We only have to view the horizon of history to see some of the greatest ‘reaches’ of man. For example; the world idealized utopias are but secular versions of heaven. They build upon many biblical principles but substitute man for God. God is stripped along with His Holiness. Mao killed millions; Statin did too. The Cambodia Fields are still red-stained by ruthless murders. Why? All to accomplish an ideal of man. Today millions are human babies are being murdered. And no -one seems to even blink an eye.
Their faith is for themselves. This idea has been popularized by having confidence in oneself or even the distorted version of self-esteem. They believe just so they believe something, it can be done. This self-faith provides the needed positive orientation to be accomplished in life. They are happy to focus on what can be done rather than what cannot be done. They defy fear by substituting a blind confidence in themselves. We may ask “what’s wrong with this?“
2. What is the world’s Faith like at heart level?
Man and his goals haven’t changed but only accelerated.. Indeed the modern tools we now posses for travel, information, processing and technology are simply amazing. We see this human potential revealed thousands of years ago in Genesis 11:6-7.
And the Lord said, behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And that is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them.Genesis 11:6-7
Man will naturally thing that they can do well. And to some degree that is true. God said, “nothing which they purpose to do will be Impossible for them.” One might wonder why did God has to hold back this progress ? It was not because God felt threatened. We read in Daniel 12:4, that the end of tine will amass great amounts of knowledge. He will allow this knowledge to increase but at His time. When He allows it, then man will reach a point where his pride will keep him from seeing God and being restrained from their evil.God held back an so that the world would be preserved longer for man will literally destroy himself.
The two main problems are inherent in the humanism model from the old.
Their Vision Is Astray
They seek things that are a mere shadow of what God desires. Man is chasing after a picture of a rather than holding and treasuring a genuine one that’s already in their hands. Man’s utopia are but fully secularized versions of biblical faith. They do this by stripping God out of the equation. Biblical faith brings courage and Vision because God is doing something special. Their focus and glory is in God. Man’s worldly faith. Accentuate his own works, accomplishments and goals. It will end where it began – in dust. Satan tempts man with having all the treasure without submission of their hearts and wills to their creator. Satan is himself self-deceived and still believes his version is better.
Their Method Is Corrupt
The other problem is that these men are evil. They not only seek things that did not please God, but their ways of accomplishing these things were evil in themselves. Human, cloning, stealing brain cells from babies, freedom to spread evil information such as pornography, the usury of credit card companies, gambling to the extent that families are starving and people are homeless are commonly accepted today. If given the chance, the secular touch always turns into terror. Every great communist utopia in the 20th century, ended in mass graves Hitler’s millennium dreams used extermination camps to implement their plans.
The world’s faith is in corrupt man. So full man has sinful plans which will end in correctness.
Biblical faith sprinkles and even pours forth extra grace, love and joy into God’s people while they live in the midst of the world.
If we all think the world is in a bad place right now. It is not to be compared to what will happen in the future. We will destroy ourselves Day by day. And God does show up. It will be to late. There will be true hell to pay.