Hu­man­ist fu­neral was truly ap­palling

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, Over the past few days I met dif­fer­ent peo­ple, Chris­tians and non-Chris­tians alike, who at­tended a so-called ‘ hu­man­ist fu­neral’ in In­ver­ness.

With­out ex­cep­tion, they were all ap­palled by what they heard and wit­nessed. They also told me that the ma­jor­ity of those present were of the same mind as them­selves. One man told me that it was the ‘worst fu­neral I ever at­tended – it was quite a pa­thetic per­for­mance’.

Why the out­pour­ing of dis­may and con­fu­sion? Ap­par­ently, no men­tion was made of God, Je­sus Christ, sin or the af­ter­life. The Bi­ble was not read and no ref­er­ence was made to any word of di­vine truth. No prayer was heard, and nei­ther was there any psalm of praise sung.

There was not one word of bib­li­cal com­fort, nor an ex­pres­sion of spir­i­tual sym­pa­thy, for the mourn­ers. The glo­ri­ous gospel mes­sage of in­ner peace, sal­va­tion joy and eter­nal rest was not men­tioned. Even ‘Amen’ was not heard.

Yes, all this was a ‘pa­thetic per­for­mance’ in­deed. God calls it idol­a­try and reli­gious sac­ri­lege: ‘They changed the truth of God into a lie, and wor­shipped and served the crea­ture more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.’ (Ro­mans 1:25)

I dare­say the hu­man­ist cel­e­brant would rather, if it were pos­si­ble, say noth­ing even about ‘death’. Alas, it couldn’t be evaded: this cold ‘last en­emy’ was star­ing ev­ery­one right in the face. It al­ways will. As we are all sin­ners, so we must all (hu­man­ists in­cluded) die one day.

One can­not but have pro­found pity, and feel deep sor­row, for hu­man­ists. They have noth­ing to live for and noth­ing to die for. They trag­i­cally re­ject all and ev­ery­thing that re­lates to God. They de­lude them­selves into think­ing that ev­ery­thing ends at death.

What mad­ness, what folly, what blind­ness, what delu­sion. They some­how think they can ig­nore what the call of truth com­mands them to do: ‘Pre­pare to meet thy God.’

His­tory records that Friedrich Ni­et­zsche, a Ger­man philoso­pher, de­tested ev­ery­thing that Chris­tian­ity rep­re­sented. The world knows him, af­ter the ti­tle of a book he wrote, called

God is dead. Days af­ter he died in Aus­tria words on a wall, in graf­fiti, said: ‘God is dead: Ni­et­zsche!’ Some­one else wrote un­der it: ‘Ni­et­zsche is dead: God.’ Yes, it is man that dies, not God.

Don­ald J Mor­ri­son, Old Ed­in­burgh Road, In­ver­ness.

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