The oldest book in the Bible, Job, exposes the mindset of those who reject the knowledge of God.
There are those who rebel against the light; They do not know its ways Nor abide in its paths. Job 24:13
Unbelief has been around as long as man has been on this planet. It is actually the default position of mankind whether it is expressed through atheism, agnosticism, or idolatry; unbelief is the mantel that man proudly wears. Today’s atheists act as if unbelief is something new and just recently discovered, but mankind has thrown off the knowledge of God since the fall in the Garden. Unbelief is at the heart of sin and rebellion.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man-and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Romans 1:18-23
These verses clearly depict the natural state of mankind. Notice, however, that unbelief is replaced with a phony belief system based upon fallen man’s corrupt imagination. Atheism is just another religious system that seeks to replace the genuine faith in God, with fallen man’s explanation for what they see around them.
That atheism is a religion is proven by the fact that atheists have basic non-negotiable tenets, a world view that explains reality, adherents congregating together around these tenets and worldview, and proselytizing of others with their belief system. We can see that this is so by recognizing that there are written works that expound atheism, atheistic groups, and atheistic advertising promoting their belief system. Atheists even go so far as to say that they are moral, decent, virtuous people. However, there are flies in the ointment with give off the stench of a decaying body. We need to examine if they have anything that will back up their dogmatic contention that there is no God.
First let us look at their assertion that they are moral, decent, virtuous people. Obviously they use a different standard than the standard which is found in the Bible. What they believe to be morality is actually called sin and evil by the Bible.
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lust of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever, Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. Romans 1:24-32
If we consider what communism, the largest purveyor of atheism, did to its citizens we discover that it murdered almost 100 million people. Those who throw off the knowledge of God cannot help but descend into vile, cruel evil, because they are given over by God to vile wicked desires and passions. This is also the logical behavior of those who believe that human kind is the result of impersonal, non-directed, random forces; so of course, whatever furthers the interests of the state is good and right. The communists were more honest in their appraisal of morality than today’s atheist; products of random, impersonal forces only need that morality that furthers their agenda, for there is no morality apart from what is right by might (this is an explanation for the promotion and proliferation of abortion). For atheists, not having an outside standard of morality, immorality is the only option. God’s standard of morality is love, which behavior is expounded in the book of Romans.
Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Romans 13:8-10
Devoid of the knowledge of God and His love atheists cannot meet this high standard of love although they will assert otherwise.
Two places in Psalms God describes the character of the atheist.
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is one who does good, No, not one. Psalm 14:1-3
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity; There is none who does good. God looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. Every one of them has turned aside; They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one. Psalm 53:1-3
Stated twice for emphasis, those who reject belief in God are fools and can only do evil. However, all of mankind is in the identical predicament, whether idolater, atheist, or agnostic, all are fools and commit abominable iniquity. All are under God’s judgment and wrath, and all need salvation.
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness, rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” John 3:17-20,
“For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:34-36
Although God’s Word condemns atheists as foolish unbelieving sinners, He still sent His Son into the world to save sinners, even atheists, who by God’s mercy and grace, can also repent and place their faith in Jesus Christ.
The sine qua non of atheism is evolution. God’s Word explains Creation in Genesis and describes the action of Creation in Hebrews chapter eleven and John chapter one.
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. Hebrews 11:3
Evolution in no way explains the order, purpose, symbiosis, and complexity of the world around us. Only an all wise, all powerful, good, loving Creator could bring about the life that we see and experience here on this earth. Explanations based upon evolution keep coming up short for adequately revealing the complexity of life around us.
One such instance is what geneticists expected to find regarding the human genome and what they actually found. Proteins are the cell workhorses and perform many essential functions and form many crucial features. Since there are so many different proteins involved in life processes, geneticists expected find about a 100,000 genes responsible for the coding and production of proteins. They found far fewer genes, in the tens of thousands, and then realized that mRNA played an essential role in the coding and production of proteins. In this instance, scientists came at the human genome with a simplistic understanding because evolution cannot be complex. However, the Creator, infinitely wise and powerful could and did use many means for coding of life. This example revealing the inadequacy of evolution and atheism in explaining life on this planet, is further enhanced by the revelation of our world that can be found in the Scriptures. I want to share Scriptures that describe our earth, that have only recently been discovered by science.
He who builds His layers in the sky, and has founded His strata in the earth; Who calls for the waters of the sea, And pours them out on the face of the earth-The Lord is His name. Amos 9: 6
“Behold, God is great, and we do not know Him; Nor can the number of His years be discovered. For He draws up drops of water, Which the clouds drop down And pour abundantly on man. Indeed, can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, The thunder from His canopy? Job 36:26-29
“Have you entered the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in search of the depths? Job 38:16
The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea That pass through the paths of the seas. Psalm 8:8
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. Isaiah 40:22
Its rising (the sun) is from one end of heaven and its circuit to the other end; And there is nothing hidden from its heat. Psalm 19:6
For thus says the Lord, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the Lord, and there is no other.” Isaiah 45:18
Here described in the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God, the Bible are the layers of the atmosphere, layers of the earth, the hydrologic cycle, springs and depths of the oceans, the ocean currents, the circular form of the earth, and the planetary habitability of the earth compared to other planets. All of this was declared centuries before they were discovered by the research of man. Our God is amazing and great, His ways are inscrutable, and truly the fool has said in his heart there is no God. The sure defense against the onslaught of unbelief is the fortress of faith guarded by the edifice of Scripture. The sure defense against the attack of unbelievers is the gospel of Jesus Christ shared in the power of the Holy Spirit from the inspired, infallible inerrant Word of God. May we trust in our God and share the truth with the unbelievers we come in contact with whatever the mode of their unbelief in Jesus Christ.