Bible Study Lesson:
- Psalm 14: 1-7
- Psalm 53: 1-6
- Romans 1: 18-32
- Romans 3: 10-18
The idea of God exists ever since the beginning of humankind. You go to any part of the world, and you will encounter some form or idea of God. And even though, their views of God may be world apart, it conveys the universal belief in the existence of God. But, is there God? Does God exist? Who is God? Now, This is a vast subject. My goal here is not to prove the existence of God, but to demonstrate what Bible says about ‘the existence of God’.
- In today’s society, it is often cool to deny the existence of God. Many of the ‘Intellectuals’ do not believe in God and discard God as a wishful thinking or human imaginations driven by fear of the unknown in ancient time, which has no value in today’s highly advanced technological society. Here is Bible’s answer to those who deny God.
- “The fool says in his heart, ”There is no God.”- (Psalm 14:1)
- Bible is very clear when it come to existence of God.
- It is not
- naive who thinks there is no God, but it is ‘the Fool’.
- The definition of ‘Fool’
- the one destitute of reason, or of the common powers of understanding
- A person deficient in intellect; one who acts absurdly, or pursues a course contrary to the dictates of wisdom; one without judgment
- It is quite interesting that the very reason used to deny the existence of God, is used in the Bible to prove its existence.
- According to Bible, It is a matter of reason, common sense, intellect and judgment to believe in God. Only those who lack these basic characteristics can deny God!
- Psalm 14 describes the consequences of a “World without God”. It is interesting that Psalm 53 is identical to this Psalm. (probably, repetition is to drive the point home).
- Jesus depicted the picture of ‘Rich Fool’ who thought to, “take life easy; eat, drink and be merry. But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” (Luke 12:18-20)
- Paul also illustrated the consequence of deliberate denial of God in Romans. (Romans 1:21-23)
- “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools…” (Romans 1:21-22)
What are the consequences of “World without God”? (Psalm 14: 1-7, Romans 1: 18 -32, Romans 3: 9-17)
- There is no one who does good!
- No one understands or seek God.
- All have turned away, know nothing.
- They are corrupt, their deeds are vile.
- No absolute sense of morality or justice.
- Depraved mind and body.
- These passages give us totally opposite picture of human race, than what we may think about ourselves.
- It is common belief that ‘Man is inherently good.’
- There is a famous quote by an Indian philosopher Swami Vivekananda – ‘It is sin to call man sinner’.
- We think highly of ourselves. But our idea of ‘good’ fall far shorter than absolute ‘good’ which God desires or is.
- In conversation with rich ruler, Jesus brought the same issue, “No one is good except God alone. (Luke 18:19)
- If we take God out of equation, our standard of goodness will never reach the absolute ‘goodness of God’.
So, what bible say about atheism? It portrays a picture of ‘Fool with no sense of Good’, and that is not a very good position!
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