BIBLE AND UNBELIEF/ATHEISM
Most militant atheists make
their pride in unbelief known with their typical forcefulness. The Bible has
a not-so-well known definition for atheists: their are "fools," or
irrational, and blind thinkers. It also adds that they are wicked, but the
context and the New Testament makes clear that that is a generalization that
applies not only to them but to all mankind. Yet, it is quite fascinating to
find that atheism was alive and well 2700 or so years ago and that the
Creator made known His view of the philosophy that many years ago. But
Unfortunately, foolishness dies hard, as the multitude of militant atheistic
web sites and books indicate.
It is quite fascinating that the
Bible not only gives a stern definition of atheism, it does so "twice" for
Psalm 14:1--The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they
have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth
Psalm 53:1--The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have
done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.
The same God makes known not
only that His existence is beyond need of proof, but that He is the one and
Isaiah 44:6--Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts;
I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
Isaiah 45:18--For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed
the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he
formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
Bible also tells us the "ultimate" cause for unbelief: a nature hostile to
God and His righteousness. All the proofs against God's existence, or the
insistence that the proofs for God's existence are insufficient are just a
thick shield that protects unbelievers from realities that would transform
their sin-filled lives, which they have no intention of doing.
Romans 8:7--Because the carnal mind (Human nature) is enmity against God; for it is not
subject to the law of God...
This kind of enmity against God and
His commandments is particularly present in militant atheists who not only
have an aversion toward God's ways, they also openly preach life styles that
are anti-God and do so with shocking arrogance (See
Arrogance of Atheism on this site).
tells us that this rebellion against God and His righteousness goes back to
the origins of humanity. In the past it manifested itself in idolatry and
religions which allowed all kinds of perversions. Today the denial of God
has become more sophisticated. It is supported by seemingly rational
philosophies and by self-deceived intellectuals who use their academic
credentials to gain credibility with naive and not-so-sophisticated thinkers
that easily become prey to their deceit.
Romans 1: 18-32--For the wrath of God is
revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who
suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has
shown it to them. 20 For
since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly
seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal
power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
21 because, although they knew
God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became
futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Professing to be wise, they became fools,
self-delusion that the rejection of the Sovereign God is a step toward
"enlightenment" is nothing new.) 23
and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like
corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
Notice that the abandonment of
the true God can lead to self-abandonment and sinful life styles.
24 Therefore God also gave them
up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies
among themselves, 25 who
exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the
creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them
up to vile passions. For even
their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.
27 Likewise also the men,
leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another,
men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the
penalty of their error which was due.
28 And even as they did not like
to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased
mind, to do those things which are not fitting;
29 being filled with all
unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness;
full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are
whisperers, 30 backbiters,
haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things,
disobedient to parents, 31
undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful;
32 who, knowing the righteous
judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death,
not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
last verse is quite enlightening. As humanity departs from God, it will at
first perform perverted acts privately, in time though, we see that there is
a move towards "public approval" of such behaviours and finally
"celebration" of the same. In North America we are now in the last stage
which will finally be followed by "the righteous judgement of God" also
emphasized by other Scriptures, such as Jude 1:7-8.
as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to
these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after
are set forth
as an example,
suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
The ultimate punishment that awaits all
sinners though is "the wrath of God." Atheists, and rebellious sinners of
all types, including hypocritical religious people will be excluded from the
Kingdom of God, unless they repent.
Corinthians 6:9--Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of