Monday, April 1, 2013

No Fooling!

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.
Psalm 53:1

The joke for a while has been that April Fools Day is also International Atheists Day.  However, God's assessment of those who will not believe in Him and His work of redemption is not a joke but a sincere indictment.  Why?  What is it about one who will not believe which makes scripture to proclaim that they are acting foolishly?  Let's explore three scriptural reasons that atheism, which is nothing more than a irreligious faith, is seen as absurd: God has already been revealed to them, their thought pattern is profoundly irrational, and they are sadly cut off from hope with nothing to look forward to but a judgment they deny exists.

King David wrote, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard (Psalm 19:1-3)."  He clearly understood what everyone knows in their heart and what science is just now catching up with--there was an infinite mind that designed all there is. What is more is that the creation seems to center around man to the point that a term, anthropic principle, has been coined to explain it.  The universe was created with man in mind.  Furthermore, the Bible tells that man is also eternal.  Humans will either spend that eternity in the presence of God or in utter hopeless judgement.  In short, God put eternity and a knowledge of Himself into the heart of every man, woman, and child.  Both Psalm 14 and 53 state that the fool has denied that internal witness of eternity and said in his/her heart that God is not real.  Having met many atheists, I have never met one--not one--who was always atheistic.  If you listen or ask you will hear about when they stopped believing and why.  From their childhood it was understood that there was something more than this temporal world, but sad circumstances usually led them to deny what they already knew deep down.  All atheists train themselves diligently in unbelief.

The apostles agree with the assessment of King David and add to his insight by showing that atheists irrationally ignore evidence of God so that they can maintain their deluded paradigm.  Paul states, "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools...(Romans 1:20-22)."  Claiming to be educated, reasonable, and rational, atheists interpret all data with an anti-supernatural bias that disallows God's intervention or existence.  This leads to a situation where telling confirmation of the spiritual world is willfully ignored.  Their foolish reasoning can't see evidence for GOD because they have lied to themselves that there is no GOD so all evidence for God is not evidence at all.  It makes as much sense as a dog chasing its tail--is that reasonable and rational free thinking?  Peter enhances this idea by stating, "For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:5-7)."

Did you notice Peter's last statement?  They have nothing to look forward to but judgment--one they will realize is true and real, consequently, too late. His astounding insight to the last days, days in which we live, shows four major tenets espoused in nearly all academic circles who tend to cling to atheism: Universalism, Naturalism, Humanism, and Anti-supernaturalism.  Look carefully!  They are all found in this one chapter.  What these demonic lies essentially do is leave the atheist without hope.  "We are all just random arrangements of molecules in a universe that comes from nothing with nothing to look forward to. There is no morality, no eternity, no God so eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die", they believe.  No God means no salvation which clearly means no hope for time and eternity. 

This also creates a conundrum for those who do know there is a God but do not acknowledge Him nor His salvation.  Without Christ, those who believe there is a God and adhere to a false religious belief and those who deny the clear existence of God are in the same condition--lost.  "
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble (James 2:19)."   There is hope and only one hope.  His name is Jesus Christ the suffering Savior of Mount Calvary.  That is why He stands out as no other: a virgin born miracle worker and man/God with power over nature and death, whose grave is empty still today.  He alone is man's one God given hope.  Won't you do the wise thing redeeming April 1st and making it a day God created for wisdom?  Remember, Jesus is Soon2Come!! 

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