Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” (Psalm 53:1)
Relate: “Oh, I believe that there is something out there we could label God, but it is incredibly arrogant of us to presume that we could know anything about him.” This is an approximate quote from a conversation I had not too long ago with someone who is not Christian but was raised in a Christian culture. I heard another one just a couple days before from someone from a Muslim context who admitted to being not Muslim only when I promised not to tell anyone else she wasn’t: “I do believe that God exists, but I don’t think the Quran can tell us what God is like.”
Both of these individuals are part of a common group as old as time that I would call practical atheists. They hold on to some modicum of cultural religion and they believe at some level that there is a God, but it is not important enough to them for it to impact their lives. In our ever shrinking world where there is an ever increasing fusion of east and west, there is a growing opposite trend of those who would call themselves “spiritual but not religious”. They pick and chose whatever parts of various religions that “sound nice” to them but they commit a form of intellectual terrorism by taking pot shots of all the various religion’s truth claims while refusing to stand on any solid truth of their own. Even so, these “spiritual but not religious” phonies still acknowledge that there is something out there. It takes a special kind of stupid for someone to try and convince themselves that there is no God at all.
React: In our world today most people have replaced God by putting themselves at the center of their world. I think the trend for this goes back to when Descartes based the foundation of knowledge on his now incredibly famous but rarely truly understood statement, “Cogito, ergo sum.” (I think, therefore I am.) However, even He openly acknowledged that the only reason we can know anything beyond this is because we have a trustworthy God who created a consistent and reliable universe. If there is no God, there can be no knowledge. It takes a special kind of stupid to try to deny the very existence of God.
Yet how often do I, how often do we, go about our daily lives living as though there were no God. We might acknowledge in our heads His existence, but in our hearts, in the core of our being, we deny Him. How often do I make decisions in which He is not even a factor? How many times in my conversations, my work, my schedule, my budget, my very life am I living as a practical atheist? I might give the occasional intellectual nod in His direction, but am I a fool who is saying in my heart and with my actions, “There is no God”?