Reading: Psalm 14
For the director of music. Of David.
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.
The LORD looks down from heaven on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.
All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good, not even one.
Do all these evildoers know nothing?
They devour my people as though eating bread;
they never call on the LORD.
But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
for God is present in the company of the righteous.
You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
but the LORD is their refuge.
Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When the LORD restores his people,
let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad! (NIV) *
Apparently, atheism is not a modern phenomenon. Three thousand years ago in David’s time, there were people who said in their heart, “There is no God.” Atheism has a long and ignoble pedigree. I say ignoble because as David observes, it is the fool who says, “There is no God.”
There is a footnote in my Bible indicating the word translated in this psalm as fool denotes someone who is morally deficient. David goes on to describe this moral deficiency. He uses the words corrupt and vile. In fact, there is a complete absence of anything good. But this isn’t just David’s indictment against a few errant atheists; this is the LORD’s view of all mankind. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. In the New Testament, Paul the Apostle quotes from this psalm in his epistle to the Romans as he outlines the depravity of humanity.
Is there a link between unbelief and the sinful state of the human soul? Does sin breed unbelief? There is ample biblical and anecdotal evidence that it does. When Adam and Eve sinned, in an instant, they turned from God seekers to God avoiders. Add a little more sin, and it’s only a short step for a God avoider to become a God denier.
We deny the existence of God to avoid accountability for our sin. We foolishly assume that since we can’t see God, He can’t see us and our misdeeds. Better yet why not pretend God doesn’t exist? Then we are at liberty to sin as much as we please without fear of God’s judgment. That sounds like morally deficient reasoning to me. But the fool fools only himself.
Response: Father, I want to seek you always, especially when I sin. That’s when I need you most. You have the remedy for my sin—the blood of Jesus. You forgive me and clean me up. Amen.
Your Turn: Does sinful conduct affect or infect your belief system? How does sin cloud our reasoning?
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Yes, 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump. – Gal. 5:9 That is why I must ask forgiveness every day and ask Holy Spirit to “wash me with hyssop” and “create in me a clean heart, O Lord, and renew a right spirit within me.”
Yes, Lord, renew a right spirit within us.
As an atheist I deny your god since there is no evidence for it. As for “sin”, christians can’t even agree on what they want to claim this god considers a sin. This shows your claim that we only want to avoid “accountablity” for sin to be nonsense if you can’t figure out what a sin is.
Actually, the Bible is quite clear on what sin is, and furthermore most people have a conscience that tells them when they go astray and mess up. You and I can avoid that inner voice or obey it.
The bible has quite a few commandments and laws in it. I assume this is what yuo mean by the bible being clear on what sin is? If so, why do christians ignore many, if not most, of these?
Someone’s conscience is nothing more than learning. It is not some magical thing that agrees with what some christians want to claim that their god wants.
Signora Sheila said:
That certainly brings a different perspective to the word fool. Someone who is morally deficient. Very powerful, David. Much to ponder!
Thanks, Sheila. Let’s keep close to our Creator.
Signora Sheila said:
Oh yes, always. Our old pastor used to say, in holding on, I am held. And He never lets go!!