Psalm Fourteen

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May 6

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” (Psalm 14:1)

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At the heart of atheism is the belief that there is no God. “He doesn’t exist. There is no proof of His existence. Those who believe in Him are delusional, naive, ignorant, moronic, and… dangerous.”

Many atheists point to religion as a form of “cancer” to society – and prefer to focus on all the wrong done in the world in the name of god.

In some respects, they are right. There has been wrong done in the name of religion – and the “will of god” has been used to justify some terrible things, historically.

But do people’s misperceptions of God, and abuses “in his name,” mean that he doesn’t exist?

The problem that atheists face is that they cannot prove that God doesn’t exist. And just because they are unsatisfied by the proofs for God (that ARE available)… also does not mean that He isn’t very real.

Though they may not see it this way… atheism is a belief system. They base their decisions, and their lives, on faith in what they believe about God’s non-existence. Their faith rests in natural causes and effects – and they accept nothing beyond what cannot be proven by their senses… or their reasoning.

IF God truly doesn’t exist, they are right to believe as they do.

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But IF God truly does exist (in spite of what they believe) they are “fools.” (God’s Word!)

A fool is someone who acts upon beliefs that are not true. A fool rejects truth in favor what he wants to think. And above all else, we must understand that being a “fool” is a matter of the heart.

What we think… is always influenced and (often) directed by our hearts.

The “heart” is the core of our beings. The unseen centerpiece of our souls (mind, will, and emotions). The CPU of who we are. What is in our hearts determines what will be in our hearts. Whatever we think, becomes solidified within our hearts – and what is in our hearts becomes what is the product of our lives.

Throughout Scripture, God tells us about the importance of our hearts. Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. (Prov. 4:23) And: “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Prov. 23:7; AKJV)

And when Jesus came, He brought attention to life as a matter of the heart. “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matt. 6:21) And… 

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This is why God is actively seeking our hearts. In fact, Jesus taught us that all of the Law (what God thinks, and what He wants from us) can be summed up in one central objective: Love the Lord your God with all your heart…” (Matt. 22:37)

And to the core of the issue of belief in God… Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matt. 5:8) A corrupted heart struggles to see God. A heart filled up with pride fails to see God in anything.

Atheists do not believe in God… NOT because there is no evidence of God (there is an overwhelming abundance of evidence for those who will see it) but because their hearts will not allow them to see God. They do not believe because they CANNOT see.

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They would like to make it a matter of facts and evidence, but even when approached with facts and evidence… they do not see it.

Of course, God tells us why this is…

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Their minds are blinded because there is a pervasive blindness in their hearts.

The solution to atheism is the same solution to the problems of all the world religions and belief systems… Jesus!

The life of Jesus was a pure demonstration of Who God really is and what He thinks about life, and people. And the death of Jesus is a profound demonstration of just how much God loves us. The death of Jesus was God’s prescribed way to enable Life to be poured into our hearts. So our dead hearts could come alive to the power and Presence of God in a personal and real way.

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In closing, I have a friend who is an atheist (who reads my posts [I know not why]). And he would probably agree with my assessment about fools and believing things that aren’t true. He would likely say that it is the Christians who are the fools for believing in a God Who is (in his mind) just make-believe.

He would actually be in good company, for the Apostle Paul talked about being a “fool for Christ” and about how God uses the “foolish things” (in the eyes of the unbelieving) to shame the “wise.”

I just want my friend to know that he is often on my heart. I still pray for him. I still have a fondness for him. And deep down, I don’t want him to miss eternity with the God Who loves Him – and Who seeks to love him every day. I long for him to KNOW what I know and experience what I have experienced with the One Who loves us both.

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