Herbert Schlossberg, a leading fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, writes that exultation of "self" to status of deity, dates from the earliest reaches of antiquity
"...but its development into an ideology embracing the masses is a characteristic trait of modernity." (Idols for Destruction: The Conflict of Christian Faith and American Culture, p. 40-41)
Eve was the first person to commit this sin, said Schlossberg. She was the first idolatrous humanist and moral relativist. The temptation she succumbed to was not the fruit but rather the seductive idea that she would be like God, knowing both good and evil. The physical attraction was the fruit, but what was fed was her pride, and what would grow was her appetite for self-worship. Eve already knew good, but now made foolish by pride she would know evil as well:
"Pride is the beginning of all sin...for it was (pride) that overthrew the devil, from whom arose the origin of sin, and who, through...envy, overturned (man)...For the serpent, seeking a way to enter...sought the door of pride, when he declared, "You shall be as gods." That is why it is written, "Pride is the beginning of all sin," and "The beginning of the pride of man is to fall away from God." ("On Nature and Grace 29:33," Augustine)
America's idolatrous humanists have a high conceit of 'self.' For instance, Obama 'messiah' assured his pro-death supporters that they are doing 'gods' work while other idolators go so far as to describe their exalted condition as 'trans-humanist' since they believe they no longer merely human but godlike. So while faithful Christians pray to God the Father Almighty Who created all men in His spiritual image, Americas’ idolatrous ruling class pray to themselves,
".. as saviors of the planet and as shapers of mankind in their own image” and since there is no "standard of right and wrong beyond the Ruling Class'....self-conception, its greatest concern has been to denigrate the American people's devotion to God, because the Ruling Class accepts no standard it cannot control.” ("The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It” Angelo Codevilla p. xix, xx)
Made foolish, ignorant, and depraved by pride, it is for example, dislike or even hatred based on how someone makes them feel, perverse appetites such as. pedophilia, and pernicious compulsions such as lust, covetousness, envy, and vengeance that are 'authoritative' sources used by humanists to judge each situation. So depending on how the 'judge' feels and what his or her irrational feelings, appetites and compulsions are, the decision in one case may be in favor of road-rage, child pornography, and murder and against the victims of these crimes while for others it may be against America's conservative middle class tax-payers and for obscene sex education, sale of aborted baby parts, gun and property confiscation, redistribution of middle-class wealth, open borders and Islam because, his leaven is self-righteous hypocrisy (Luke 12:1-3) because "His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression; Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.” Psalm 10:7.
The respected historian Arnold Toynbee surveyed civilizations across the whole span of history and concluded that self-worship and its self-serving morally-twisted companion, moral relativism, was the paramount false religion of mankind, and though its guises over history have been numerous and varied, today it exists as humanistic ideologies embracing both 'elites' and their complacent, know-nothing followers--depersonalized masses:
"My students are know-nothings. They are exceedingly nice, pleasant, trustworthy, mostly honest, well-intentioned, and utterly decent. But their minds are largely empty, devoid of any substantial knowledge that might be the fruits of an education in an inheritance and a gift of a previous generation. They are the culmination of western civilization, a civilization that has forgotten it origins and aims, and as a result, has achieved near-perfect indifference about itself...The pervasive ignorance of our students is not a mere accident or unfortunate but correctible outcome, if only we hire better teachers or tweak the reading lists in high school. It is the consequence of a civilizational commitment to civilizational suicide. The end of history for our students signals the End of History for the West.” (Res Idiotica, Patrick J. Deneen, Front Porch Republic, Feb. 23, 2016)
From ancient days to our own, idolatry has been a universal substitute for God the Creator. While ancients deified and worshipped images of man, birds, animals, and reptiles, for modern idolatrous humanists, scientism (gnosis) and evolutionary theory are substitute deities that in deifying nature deify humanists at the same time.
The propensity for self-worship is behind the incessant Biblical injunctions against pride. Tyre was struck down "Because your heart is proud, and you have said, 'I am God." (Ezek. 28:2) The judgement at the Tower of Babel was for the same reason (Gen. 11:4). In his declaration of God's death, Nimrod preceded "death of God" humanists like Karl Marx, Nietzsche, Freud and liberal theologians by thousands of years.
In a self-exulting recitation of his greatness, his conquests, his execution of his captives with fire and sword and his enemies sadistically skinned alive, together with the general devastation he wrought, Assur-Nasir-Pal, divine ruler of ancient Assyria boasted:
"And now at the command of the great gods, my sovereignty, my dominion, and my power, are manifesting themselves; I am regal, I am lordly, I am exulted, I am valiant, I am lion-brave, and I am heroic. (I) Assur-Nasir-Pal, the mighty king, the king of Assyria, chosen of Sin, favorite of Anu, beloved of Adad, mighty one among gods, I am the merciless weapon that strikes down the land of his enemies...." (A History of Western Morals, p. 48, 1959)
In terms of catastrophic cultural, economic and religious devastation, cruelty, and the genocidal murder of their own people, Assir-Nasir-Pal is topped in every way by 20th century Communist and Nazi humanists.
The Soviet Union for example, was a humanist-pagan state. Its so-called "scientific socialism" was grounded in evolutionary materialist-monism with Buddhist undertones. As with Assir-Nasir-Pal, decisions concerning who should live and who should die were decided on the basis of irrational feelings, appetites, compulsions and pragmatism, meaning whatever seemed to work at the moment.
A tsunami of concentrated evil swept over humanist-controlled Orthodox Christian Russia. Historian R.J. Rummel details some of it:
"...communism, Marxism-Leninism and its variants meant in practice bloody terrorism, deadly purges, lethal gulags and forced labor, fatal deportations, man-made famines, extrajudicial executions and show trials, and genocide." With this understood, "the Soviet Union appears the greatest megamurderer of all...killing near 61,000,000." (Power Kills, hawaii.edu)
Today it is the turn of post-Christian humanist America and Europe to experience the devastating effects of idolatrous, irrational humanist hatred on daily display in its virulent hatred of Christianity and its insane embrace of open borders, illegal immigration, and Islam. A few days ago, some of Europe's most important intellectuals -- including British philosopher Roger Scruton, former Polish Education Minister Ryszard Legutko, German scholar Robert Spaemann and Professor Rémi Brague from the Sorbonne in France — expressed their grave concerns in The Paris Statement:
"The patrons of the false Europe are bewitched by superstitions of inevitable progress. They believe that History is on their side, and this faith makes them haughty and disdainful, unable to acknowledge the defects in the post-national, post-cultural world they are constructing. Moreover, they are ignorant of the true sources of the humane decencies they themselves hold dear — as do we. They ignore, even repudiate the Christian roots of Europe. At the same time they take great care not to offend Muslims, who they imagine will cheerfully adopt their secular, multicultural outlook." (Europe’s New Official History Erases Christianity, Promotes Islam, Giulio Meotti, Gatestone Institute, Oct. 18, 2017)
Man's capacity for self-deception and self-justification, for example, of whatever self-serving lie he has told or whatever wicked appetite he seeks to gratify, is almost infinite. And this is the reason why idolatrous humanist subjectivism (moral relativism) always leads to disaster, individually and collectively.
Humanist controlled Europe and America are pagan, idolatrous, and irrational, and as a result have fallen into varying degrees of lunacy because a majority of Europeans and Americans have either wittingly or unwittingly made gods of themselves and of things, technology, irrational feelings, disordered appetites, politics, science, evolution, and ideologies. Thus today, government and law-making are expressions of humanist autonomy (idolatry) and everything and everyone--from whether European and American civilization lives or dies, to abortion and the sale of baby parts, transgender marriage, social justice, hate crime laws, and open borders-- exist to gratify inflated pride, irrational feelings, and desires of obviously insane, egoistic individuals.
Despite that from antiquity human beings have been disposed toward self-deification, the fact remains that from days of old to our own time, laws have always been theologically based, that is, handed down to mankind, at first by gods and later on by the true, living God, said Schlossberg. Laws had to have ultimacy or they could not work as intended:
"When law loses what only the conviction of ultimacy can bestow, it degenerates into pragmatism, and that means the end is near."
The Word of God tells us that the human eye is the lamp of the body. The eye that is healthy describes a spiritually healthy, light-filled way of looking at things while a bad eye--the eye of the godless humanist--describes an evil way, or darkness filled way of looking at things resulting in a life of moral and spiritual darkness. (Luke 11: 34-35) All of this means that the end is near for humanist dominated America for when a society falls into idolatry (darkness), more evil--tyranny--- follows. Thereafter, law will be used to justify anything, even mass murder, as was the case in the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.
Being filled with darkness, idolatrous humanists imagine they possess self-righteousness. But this is a dangerous delusion with eternal consequences.
Only spiritual regeneration and return to the eternally unchanging Truth and Moral Laws of the living God are the hedge against the coming disaster. Thus we must earnestly pursue the Holy Creator God in a humble spirit of repentance, for without true spiritual revival our nation is doomed.