Scripture Reading: Joshua 15:1-16:10 / John 1:1-28 / Psalm 53:1-6
What do these people have in common? Woody Allen, Lance Armstrong, George Carlin, Fidel Castro, Rodney Dangerfield, Albert Einstein, Jodie Foster, Bill Gates, Katharine Hepburn, John Lennon, Bill Maher, Barry Manilow, Jack Nicolson and Brad Pitt. These people identify themselves as “atheists” or “godless”.
Today, research shows about 2.3 percent of the world's population are identified as atheists and 12% percent more (and quickly growing) describe themselves as non-believers in any deity. Science has the largest concentration of atheists and many of them are among the most brilliant in the world. There are atheists in all walks of life and throughout history as well.
Mark Twain was an atheist American writer who wrote 60 books including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. In his last book, Letters from the Earth, he ridiculed The Word of God and wrote, “It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.”
Thomas Edison said, "Religion is all bunk… The great trouble is that the preachers get the children from six to seven years of age, and then it is almost impossible to do anything with them. Incurably religious; that is the best way to describe the mental condition of so many people. Incurably religious."
Even David recognized the reality of atheists and said, “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalm 53:1) The word for fool does not refer to a person who is ignorant but one who makes a conscious choice to practice immoral behavior. It wasn’t about “unintelligent people who did not believe in God” but “immoral people do not believe in God.” A practical atheist lived as though there was no God and that God really didn’t care what happened on earth.
A fool does not need to verbally say there is no God, but will simply say or believe it in their heart. They don’t believe God exists and live as though He doesn’t exist. What we believe about God in our hearts will be acted out in our life. When someone does not believe in God, they live with no absolute truth, no divine order, no restraint to lust and no limit to passion.
An atheist cannot understand the things of God and will not accept the things they don’t understand. In reality, “professing to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:22). “Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” (1 Cor. 1:20,18) Man’s foolishness isn’t measured by their IQ but by a life of immorality, a rejection of redemption and a foolish declaration... ”There is no God!”
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!