‘The Fool Has Said In His Heart—There Is No God’

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The Bible tells us in several places that only the fool says that God does not exist.

“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1). That Scripture is repeated verbatim in Psalm 53:1, and the same sentiment is expressed in numerous other biblical passages.

Despite the witness of an ordered and remarkable creation (Romans 1:20) and the universal witness of an internal conscience, a growing number of influential people are blatantly and forcefully scorning and mocking the Christian faith and followers of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Entertainers like Bill Maher, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, British professor Richard Dawkins, and others have publicly promoted a brand of atheism that is openly hostile to Christians.

Interestingly, many of the proponents that seek to deny God can be increasingly found in academic circles, where atheists are warmly welcomed. Though they hold a variety of advanced degrees and are published in noted academic journals, the Bible clearly labels them “fools.”

As mankind refuses to acknowledge the supremacy of God, the Bible says that “professing to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:22). What may be highly esteemed among men can be pure foolishness to God Almighty. “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?” (I Corinthians 1:20).

In God’s infinite wisdom, the apparent “foolishness “ of the cross  destroys the wisdom of the wise (I Corinthians 1:18). The glorious cross of our Savior, where He bore the sins of the world to satisfy the wrath of God and provide forgiveness to those who repent and believe on His Name, is the means the Lord uses to display His majestic wisdom.

For those who arrogantly declare that God does not exist and rail against any mention of His Name, the Scriptures declare all people everywhere will one day confess that indeed there is a God.

Soon—very soon, I believe—the time will come when “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11).

Believer and unbeliever alike will acknowledge not only the existence of the One True God, but also His preeminence over all of creation, including their own soul. Angels in Heaven, demons in hell, the redeemed and the unredeemed—all of creation—will confess the supremacy of Christ, His rightful rule and reign over all.

Until then, we must understand that all men—atheist, agnostic, secularist, humanist, moral and immoral, educated and uneducated—are under God’s judgment apart from saving faith in Christ.

The Apostle Paul picked up on a portion of the psalmist’s description of the atheist in his book to the Romans, reminding us that, “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). The only way to escape God’s wrath and eternal punishment for our sins is to receive the pardon Christ provides through His atoning death, burial and resurrection.

Bow now and call Him your Lord and King, or you will bow too late.

©2014 BGEA

Scripture verses taken by permission from the Holy Bible New King James version.

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82 Comments

  1. Janel says:

    Thank you for writing this! I am very involved on facebook reaching out to atheists, and this article is very helpful! God bless and shalom~

  2. Curtis barfield says:

    I have a son who says there is no God. He gets real hostile when anyone tries to talk to him about God. Or even the mention of his name. Please everyone pray for Stephen Barfield.

  3. JAMES MASON says:

    I am so very grateful to our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, for His eternal love for us, for Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, all of the wonderful Billy Graham Evangelistic Ministry Team, and for all the Saints everywhere. Thank you for this short message concerning the Reality of God and the Fool (the wicked). I have been blessed by it. I have been blessed and encouraged by the righteous stand you take in the public square. This is the sentiment of my heart. I too stand for what is right before God, regardless of who it offends. I will continue to proclaim what you have said here to the glory of God. Thanks again! Please, never take down no matter what! God is absolutely on our side!

  4. Jim Hartmann says:

    Thanks so much for your bold stand in proclaiming the clear message of the Gospel. I hope that Memphis, TN is on your list to visit this year. We do need a wake up call for us Christian to get with the Mission of making Him known and helping each other to be more like what He wants us to be.

    1. Jim Hartmann says:

      Look forward to having you visit Memphis, TN. this year. We need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ boldly proclaimed and rally His people to make Him known to the present generation.

  5. Kate Murray says:

    I believe in God and in the saving blood of Jesus Christ. Pastor, please tell me what I should tell atheists who keep ignoring God.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Kate,
      Please visit https://billygraham.org/?s=atheism for several resources related to atheism and faith. Continue to seek God as you minister directly or indirectly to those in your life claiming atheism. Allow Him to guide your words.

  6. Suzanne Carter says:

    My sons both accepted Christ as their Savior as children … ages 10 and 11. Now they are in their early 30’s and one professes to be agnostic and the other atheist. I have always believed once saved always saved. Of course, my heart is heavily burdened because they are no longer experiencing life with Him now, but they have eternal security. I am praying every day for them ….

  7. udeh tochukwu says:

    Thank you pastor for this soul lifting message. Jesus Christ remains the perfect example to all mankind. Just a day, every secret in the heart of man shall be revealed. Then we shall know who is/are the rich fools.

  8. Kermit Zarley says:

    Me too–absolutely AWESOME!!!