Does your heart say, “There is no God”?
by Sparta Live | October 12, 2017 7:36 am
By Eric Williams – Fellowship Renewed Church
“The Atheist is the fool pre-eminently, and a fool universally…To say there is no God is to stifle consciousness, which is madness”. — Charles H. Spurgeon
If you are anything like me, its easy to look back on your younger days and say, “I was a fool back then.” We have all made bad choices—We didn’t do something when we should have, we didn’t say something when should have, we were too quick to speak, or too quick to act. We did not understand the world or the people in it, and we certainly did not understand ourselves. We were fools!
We get our English word for fool from the Latin word, “follis” (which means inflated with air) and the French word “fol” (which means mad or insane). So, a fool is a person of no real substance (inflated with air), and this emptiness leads to madness. This is because a person will always act according to their greatest conviction. Or, put another way, our actions correspond to our convictions. Whatever it is you end up doing, in the end, was an act bred out of your deepest desire —This desire was greatest in the moment. For example, if you were left with a choice to eat or drink, whichever you choose was the greater desire.
According to Psalm 1, the greatest desire of the fool, the thing that drives all of his thoughts and actions, is the thought that there is no God. “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” (Psalm 1:1a)
To this you might say, “This is not me—I know there is a God.” But, the idea here is not just knowledge that God exists. Remember James 2:19, “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!” Satan has been in the presence of God and conversed with him (Job 1:6-12)—He does not deny the existence of God. However, we would certainly say that Satan is a fool.
1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” To know that there is a Spirit of God and to accept the things of the Spirit of God are two completely different ideas. The fool is one who cannot accept them because they are folly to him, and he cannot even understand them. Just as Romans 8:7-8 says, “For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
The fool is a person who does not accept God for who he is and, therefore, is unable/unwilling to understand and obey his words. The greatest desire of his heart is not to obey God but to say, “there is no God.”
For those of us who have truly submitted to the call of the gospel, having faith in Jesus Christ for salvation, we were once the fool. The problem for us is that the fool of our youth keeps showing back up! As Ephesians 2:1-3 explains, we were once spiritually dead, only following after the desires of our emptiness—constantly saying in our hearts, “there is no God.” But, God had mercy on us, even in the midst of our foolishness, and saved us.
Our lives ought to be a reflection of our greatest desire. My hope is that your greatest desire says, “God is real!”
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)