Compassion marked the ministry of Jesus Christ and as Christians we imitate that compassion. No matter what part of the world you live in, this distinction stands out. It marks and makes you distinctive as a disciple of the One whose compassion opened the way to the Father, for all of mankind and for all time.
Humanistic compassion is different. Humanism is human-centered, making human beings, not God, the center of everything. The difference is that the Lord’s compassion centers on the love of the Father for humanity and for all life. Social or religious philosophies cannot rise to the value God places on every human life—a value based on His own divine and compassionate love for creation. God is Creator and humanity is His creation, not the reverse.
Humanity’s need is not just rescue. The deepest human need is redemption – restoration of relationship to a loving Creator, “our Father.” In responding to physical or emotional needs only, and not to man’s deeper need for relationship with the Creator, secular ethics based in terms of mere human dignity cannot compare to the compassion God initiated in the miracle of redemption through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.