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      02-11-2016, 07:46 PM   #354
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Originally Posted by 1smokehouse View Post
The Bible never debates God, defends God, nor seeks to prove God; the Bible simply affirms and proclaims God. The Christian’s confession is: Credo in Deum.

To not believe in God is a position that Scripture does not even seek to engage in discussion. It is merely mentioned and dismissed, for debate and dialogue are not the Biblical methods of confronting the atheist. Twice the Scriptures simply and profoundly assert: “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’ ” (Ps. 14:1; 53:1). His mind is made up and foolishly relied upon.

The only evidence offered is to them creation itself. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork” and this declaration and showing occurs day and night: “There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard” (Ps. 19:1-3). Indications of God’s existence are not obscure; they are everywhere.

As a result, deliberately the atheist says: “No God”; deliberately and unhesitatingly God responds: “Fool!”

From our perspective, so obvious are the indications that the person who denies them has no justification for his position. Job says that the beasts, birds, and fish can give testimony that God is and that God acts (Job 12:7-9). Their very existence proclaims His Being. The heavens and the earth are silent and continual testimonies to Him; if they exist, then He must exist. This evidence of creation makes it foolish for anyone to say there is no God (even if we cannot agree on "who" He is), for creation simply confirms what man already knows. All of creation testifies that it has come to be and exists because God is. Statements in Romans, Psalms, and Job are not given as an attempt to win belief on the part of man by rational argument but simply as declarations of fact that even a child can understand. The tenor of Scripture is that the truth of these declarations is obvious; only a fool would think otherwise.

This fool is not an intellectual fool but a moral fool who displays moral foolishness because of the corruption of his nature. This fool is not one who cannot reason, but one who reasons wrongly. It is not that the man does not know but that he rejects obvious knowledge, a rejection anchored in the depravity of his own heart. Knowledge of the true God is also suppressed by the god of this world (2 Cor 4:4). The enemy has convinced him that his way of thinking is logical, reasonable, and intellectual and the bait is pride. Unlike Christians, who are allegedly delusional, irrational, blind, and absurd, atheists often consider themselves utterly rational, sensible people who follow the evidence wherever it leads, even if it leads to destruction. For we already know scripture says "The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those headed for destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense." (1 Cor 1:18). So being called delusional all the time is not that insulting.
Amen.