Creationist minister Ray Comfort says school shootings, murders, and suicide are evidence that humanism is false and all people are born evil.
“Humanism is in direct opposition to the Bible, which says every person is born evil,” said Comfort, the New Zealand-born evangelist and founder of The Way of the Master ministry in California.
Humanism posits that people chose to do good or evil on their own, without consideration of supernatural beings.
Contemporary humanism can be summed up by Holocaust victim Anne Frank’s writing when she said, “I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”
“The human heart is deceitfully wicked,” Comfort said on his anti-science show “The Comfort Zone.”
For Comfort incidents like the shooting that took place at the Washington Navy Yard in September in which 13 people died don’t require an explanation.
“We don’t have to keep making excuses and calling in psychologists,” he said. “The trouble is that it’s getting more and more common. More and more people are doing evil things.”
He said that without the Bible people would not know that sins like killing, adultery, are stealing are evil.
“You can see humanism rear its ugly head every time there’s a school shooting or some father gets a knife and slits the wife’s the throat of his wife and children,” said Comfort. “What the world does is that it believes that every person is born good, and this person who did this heinous thing has gone off the rails. There’s some mitigating circumstance.”
Comfort, who is the author of “You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence, but You Can’t Make Him Think,” made a poorly-received documentary titled “Evolution vs. God: Shaking the Foundations of Faith.”
“Presumably, the hope behind such a documentary would seek to bolster the trustworthiness of scripture for evangelism purposes,” wrote Kyle Beshears for the Christian Post. “Having viewed it a few times, there is no doubt in my mind that Comfort is well-intentioned; however, I believe this video is not actually that helpful to the greater Science v. Faith public dialogue.”
“ It is unhelpful because it is poorly executed and falsely advertised as having accomplished something it has not,” he added.
Beshears called it “gotcha journalism.”
He said the video goes about stumping academics on evolutionary theory, but speaking to mostly undergraduates and only four professional academics.
“Not only this, but there were many students who weren’t even biology majors,” Beshears wrote. “Some were geology, chemistry, bio-chemistry, environment science, and physics majors. Stumping a geology major in evolution does not disprove the theory, just as stumping a criminal justice major in theology doesn’t disprove the existence of God.”