THE WICKED SAYS “NO GOD FOR ME!”
“The fool hath said in his heart (there is) no God”! [Psalm 14:1]
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are CLEARLY SEEN, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that THEY ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE: Because that, when they knew God, THEY GLORIFIED HIM NOT AS GOD, neither were THANKFUL; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became FOOLS”! [Romans 1:20-22]
“The fool hath said in his heart, THERE IS no God.” The careful reader will notice that the words “there is” have been supplied by the translators—unnecessarily, we feel. The fool does not say in his head, “There is no God”; rather he says in his HEART, “No God for ME. I decline allegiance to Him.” It is not intellectual unbelief denying the existence of Deity, but the enmity of a rebel who refuses to practically own or be in subjection to God.
The original has it –
“The fool hath said in his heart, No God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works” (Psalm 14:1).
It is not the denial of God’s EXISTENCE, but the affirmation that HE DESIRES NO CONTACT WITH HIM: “I desire no God; I would that He did not exist”. Most significant and noticeable is that change of number in the pronouns, though for some strange reason it appears to have escaped the notice of the commentators—at any rate none whom we have consulted makes any reference to it. As stated above, the verses which follow give a full description of the deplorable condition of all mankind, and that is prefaced with a statement about “the fool.” Nor is there the slightest difficulty in identifying him. Who is the fool of all fools? Adam was the arch-fool. His heart had become devoid of wisdom. Thus was the father of our race. What could his children be like? Our verse answers, “They are corrupt”, and prove themselves to be so by doing abominable works. [A.W. Pink]
In Scripture ‘the fool’ is not simply one who is mentally deficient, but is the man who leaves God out of his life, who acts independently of Him. ‘The Fool’ is a Godless wicked person.
So do not be deceived into thinking that that Atheist friend or loved one is an ignoramus who does not know better. But rather warn him of his rebellion and of the dreadful end of those who reject God and His Christ!