The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good. (Psalms 14:1)
This is a verse not often quoted in our time and when it is used it is usually used in a way to point out the folly of atheism. Certainly it has application in such a discussion, but to apply this verse to only those who disbelief in the existence of God is to restrict its application to less than the intent of the context. Note, for example, how closely Psalm 14:1-3 parallels the description of the condition of mankind prior to the flood:
|Psalm 14:1-3||Genesis 6:5|
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good. The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.
The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Today, as in the days before the flood, the center of man’s emotion and will (figuratively the heart) is the epicenter of that sin which claims “There is no God” just as in the days of the Psalmist. How foolish the imaginations of a finite creature who cannot either by worry or work “add a single hour to his span of life” yet claim “There is no God“! How deep are the depths of depravity from which man, a created being, can lift his fists toward heaven and say “There is no God“! How foolish is the wisdom of the man who can clearly perceive the invisible attributes, eternal power, and divine nature of his Creator and then cry out “There is no God“!
What then of those who live as though “There is no God“? Do they not live as practical atheists? Every intention of their heart is evil continually (Genesis 6:5) and they “call not upon the LORD” (Psalm 14:4). As fools they run swiftly toward their own destruction as if “There is no God“! Today practical atheist scurry about on foolish errands of abomination while the storm clouds of judgement gather just as they did in the days of Noah before the rain began to fall! Foolishly they do not consider that God knows how to “reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished” (2 Peter 2:9)!
Either because of no belief or because of unbelief the result is the same — The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”