The True Atheist is Either Foolish or Wicked

George Bernard Shaw is perhaps most renowned as a free thinker and liberal philosopher. In his last writings we read, “The science to which I pinned my faith is bankrupt. Its counsels, which should have established the millennium, led, instead, directly to the suicide of Eur … More


The true atheist is either foolish or wicked (vv. 1-3). He is foolish because he ignores the evidence that God exists or wicked because he refuses to live by God’s truths. We become atheists in practice when we rely more on ourselves than on God. In surveying all history, the psalmist comes to the conclusion that after the fall of man, no one has ever existed whom God could describe as morally good. “The fool hath said in his heart there is no God” (v. 1). “The fool,” as it is referred to in this passage speaks of one who is normally insensitive rather than a person who is weak in intellect. It is obvious that man is a brilliant creature as he has developed the technology to even put a man on the moon. But the same unregenerate man is a fool in his thinking toward God.

When I went to school I was sometimes given a test where the teachers would “grade on a curve."  This meant that the person receiving the highest mark would receive an “A” and the lowest would get a failing mark while all the others fit in between. This system gives the under-achieving student a better chance to pass. God does not grade on the  curve, His standards are absolute. He has only two grades: “good” for absolute perfection and “failure” for anything else. That is why he says: “there is none that doeth good, no not one” (v. 3). It isn’t any wonder that the average unregenerate man hates the Bible! However, attacking the Bible because it tells the truth is like kicking an x-ray machine because the picture reveals an internal cancer. The righteous call on the Lord and He answers (v. 4). God dwells with these people (v. 5), protects them (v. 6), and gives them hope (v. 7). The ungodly make fun of the godly about the existence of God. Yet, the very Jehovah who the fool claims does not exist is the refuge for those who put their trust in Him. Natural enough is it to see this closing prayer, for nothing would reveal the folly of the fool more than the salvation of Israel.


Perhaps I have never verbally said that there is no God, but have I ever ignored God’s Word and went on doing my own thing to the point I was acting like an atheist who says there was no God?

Psalms 14:1-7 (English Standard Version)

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