The Foolishness of Atheism

MONDAY

Life is full of contradictions. For example, we live in an age that has distilled an abundance of facts into beneficial, organized knowledge but we are surrounded by fools! As creatures who are created in the image of God, man through the ages has taken information regarding the world around him, combined it with his God given ability to reason and come up with innovations beneficial to mankind. Yet, we are still plagued with fools! Rodney Stark in his book The Victory of Reason demonstrates the superiority of the Judeo-Christian thinking over every other worldview yet others are increasingly striving to destroy it.

A fool is one who misuses true wisdom. This definition of a fool begs us to define wisdom. Wisdom is defined as combining knowledge with understanding and resulting in application. Within the Judeo-Christian worldview, we can refine this definition even more to be taking the knowledge or information revealed by God, then striving to understand this knowledge, and finally, practicing our understanding of revealed Divine truth.

But fools are an obstacle to wisdom. We are surrounded by them and are challenged by them to abandon the wisdom for which we search and apply. So this week, we will look at fools so that we will be alerted to their presence and avoid the danger that comes by listening too intently to them.

The first characteristic of a fool is their atheism.

NAU Psalm 14:1 For the choir director. A Psalm of David. The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”

NIV Psalm 14:1 For the director of music. Of David. The fool {1 The Hebrew words rendered fool in Psalms denote one who is morally deficient.} says in his heart, “There is no God.”

NKJ Psalm 14:1 To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”

This truism is repeated in Psalm 53:1 – an almost exact duplicate of Psalm 14. The fool says there is no evidence of God, there is no demonstration by God of His existence and ultimately there is no need for God. This is the foundation of their thinking, and ultimately, their worldview and way of living.

Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, is attributed to have said while in space, “I looked and looked but I didn’t see God.” Contrast his statement by examining Psalm 19:1.

Others can look at the intricacies of life (i.e. trees, human beings) and imagine that complexity in life came about without the need for intelligent design (i.e. the Omniscient, Omnipresent, And Omnipotent Creator God). Their equation for origins is nothing + nothing = something – an equation that defies logic as well as truth! Rather, it is this complexity of life that attests to His existence (Romans 1:20).

But the ultimate tragedy is thinking that there is no need for God. Paul tells us two important truths about the basics of our need for God.

NAU Acts 17:28 for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’

NIV Acts 17:28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

NKJ Acts 17:28 “for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’

And, speaking regarding Jesus he said,

NAU Colossians 1:17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

NIV Colossians 1:17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

NKJ Colossians 1:17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

God has ordained that one of the tests of a wise man is to be able to observe the world around him and to conclude that there is a God even though He may not have manifested Himself visibly to all mankind.

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