“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1)
Whereas the atheist calls the idea of God foolish, God calls him a fool!
The word “atheist,” translated from the Greek language, simply means “no” or, “without God.” There are basically 3 kinds of atheists: 1) The ASSERTIVE atheist – – he dogmatically asserts that there is no God. 2) Then there is the ACTUAL atheist – – he’s more honest in stating that he chooses to believe that there is no God. 3) Finally, the APPLICATIONAL atheist lives as though there is no God! [There is a 4th kind of atheist who, in reality, turns out to be an AGNOSTIC – – that means that he really does not know whether there is a God].
If there is a God who has revealed Himself in the Bible, then the foolish atheist is in real trouble! In the first place he has deluded himself to believe that God doesn’t exist; in other words, he wishes God out of his sphere of existence. In the second place, he never really bothers to answer some very ultimate and basic questions such as, who made me, why am I here, and what happens to me after I die?
Unlike any other religious publication, the Bible provides a real and satisfactory answer to these ultimate issues! I choose to believe the God of the Bible rather than the foolish and proud atheist. In his famous “wager,” the 17th century philosopher Blaise Pascal put it this way, “It’s a huge risk to disbelieve in God if in the end He really exists and does what He says He’ll do” (that’s a paraphrase)!
Jesus speaks with finality: “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him – – the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (John 12:48).
As one has once quipped, atheists have their own major holiday – – April 1st!
The Dilemma of Atheism
“Then I saw all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. For though a man labors to discover it, yet he will not find it; moreover, though a wise man attempts to know it, he will not be able to find it” (Ecclesiastes 8:17).
This was penned by perhaps the wisest man who ever lived, Solomon. Here is the wisest man challenging the fool, for it is the fool who has said in his heart, “There is no God (Psalm 14:1; 53:1).
In order for the atheist to make a stupendous claim such as the non-existence of God, he would have to know everything there is to know. That would include perfect knowledge of astronomy, medicine, music, geology, geography, all the sciences, all the arts, etc. In short, an atheist must set himself up as omniscient God in order to justify his claim. I believe most atheists would have enough sense to disclaim such a preposterous notion.
I am not as concerned, however, about the philosophical atheist as much as I am about the practical one! This is the person who may make no verbal claims, but lives as though there is not God. He doesn’t acknowledge God in his everyday existence or lifestyle. Solomon’s advice to him, “Fear God and keep His commandments … for God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing…” (Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14)!