Most people know atheists and sceptics who deny that there is a God. They are family members, friends, colleagues and acquaintances. They are usually civilised, well mannered, educated, law abiding, clever and very normal people. Why does the Bible then say that people who deny that God exists are fools? The fool says in his heart, there is no God.’ 1 Is the Bible mistaken? It doesn’t sound right. Isn’t a fool an idiot, or an ignorant, illiterate person?
Modern atheists do not answer to that picture. The term ‘fool’ also does not apply to most atheists in Proverbs 10:23a, A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct. So why does the Bible use the word ‘fool’ when it describes atheists? It is because the Biblical meaning differs from the modern meaning. For us ‘fool’ has become a derogatory term. In Bible language it means a wrong way of thinking. Is the Bible correct when it defines atheists and sceptics as wrong thinkers?
We can look at the thinking of atheists like this:
- For most atheists evolution ‘proves’ that there was no Creator. The God of the Bible is very specifically the Creator. If He was not necessary for the creation, then obviously He does not exist.
- Evolution depends on Darwin’s tree of life. The tree is supposed to demonstrate that all of life like plants, animals, birds, et cetera are inter-connected. They all stem from the same original, first living organism.
- Darwin’s tree of life depends on a seed to grow. A tree crucially needs a ‘seed’ to begin to grow. That means evolution can only be true if the first living organism (the seed) appeared naturally, without the Creator, on earth.
- The seed has not yet been found, but evolution is supposed to be a fact. Despite all the many researchers and investigators who work in laboratories to prove how life began, the ‘seed’ has not yet been found.
- The tree of life is imaginary. It could or did not grow, because there was no ‘seed.’ It is an artificial construct, that is not supported by facts.
- You need faith in Darwin to accept that evolution happened. There are no concrete, scientific facts yet. Atheists who rely on evolution to ‘prove’ there is no Creator God, have to believe it without evidence.
That explains why God regards atheists as people who cannot think logically and rationally. Their biggest argument for the non-existence of God is non-existent.
So, how are we to react towards them, and to think about them? We don’t advocate the use of the term ‘fool.’ Atheists come in different shades. Some hate God with a passion, others just don’t like God, others can’t be bothered by God at all. We have no commands in the Bible to revile or judge them. Judgement belongs to God, not to us. God expects us to treat them with respect, because they might just change their thinking when they hear rational, logical truth and experience the civility of God believers.
1. Psalm 14:3
The film, ‘Noah,’ once again drew people’s attention to the Genesis flood. The Bible says the water covered the whole earth, but some people canvas that it was a local flood. That leaves us with the following perplexing questions:
- Why did the animals board the ark? In a local flood, they could have migrated to safe places.
- Why does Scripture affirm that all life outside the ark perished. It is impossible with a local flood.
- Why did God give the rainbow as a sign that He will never again destroy the whole earth by water? Surely He didn’t mean a local flood, because that happens often.
If you chop and change parts of the Bible it affects other parts. It is called The Domino Principle: the 66 books of the Bible are interconnected; they don’t stand in isolation; if you scrap one Bible truth, others begin to crumble. By the universal flood God demonstrated His intention to judge all people, not only a certain group.If the flood was local, 3 Bible truths must go:
- The White Throne Judgement must go. There is a connection between the judgement by water in the past, and judgement in the future by fire, ‘By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgement and the destruction of ungodly men.’ 1 If God’s judgement by water was local, why will His judgement by fire be universal? If the fire judgement will be local, many people will still be alive after the fire. The Bible says ‘the dead great and small stood before God’s throne to be judged.2 So all those who will be alive will not appear at the judgement. That means judgement cannot take place. Scrap the judgement.
- The hope of a new heaven and earth must go. If the flood was local and the fire will be local, how will the heavens and earth be totally renewed? God will bring the new out of the ashes of the old, ‘…But in keeping with His Word, we are looking forward to a new heaven and earth.’ 3 This will happen after the earth is destroyed by fire. A local flood means a local fire. Scrap the hope of an a new heaven and earth.
- Jesus as the Truth must go. Jesus said, ‘Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.’ 4 According to Jesus, all life perished, except life forms on the ark. Did Jesus lie? If He lied here, why do you expect that He talked the truth at all other times? He said He came to testify to the truth. 5 A lier cannot testify to the truth. Scrap Jesus.
- If you scrap Jesus, you scrap Him as the Creator.6 That means, scrap the Bible.
Denying the universal flood eventually leads to scrapping the whole Bible. That demonstrates the extreme danger of changing God’s Word.
Some people believe they can chop and change Scripture, but God gave us His revelation as a ‘fixed’ body of facts. He does not ask us to ‘improve’ it or ‘improvise.’ Scripture stands despite educated people’s opinions. The flood covered all the high mountains under the entire heavens. 7 The fire will also be universal. It will engulf everything and afterwards God will renew it all, beautifully prepared for His faithful, chosen followers.
- 2 Peter 3:6-7
- Revelation 20:12
- 2 Peter 3:13
- Luke 17:26-27
- John 18:37
- John 1:3, Hebrews 1:2, Colossians 1:16
- Genesis 7:19-20
The controversy about same sex marriages is a lingering issue in the Church. Some churches have no objection if a person claims to love Jesus when he or she is in a same sex relationship. Other churches do not condone it. It is not for us to judge, but we want to look at why God seems to be against homosexuality? Why doesn’t He change His standards when gay people profess to be Christians?
It is interesting that God created the family: man, woman and children. This principle of the family impacts three areas of Bible theology.
- The Trinity is like a family. The Bible reveals God as, God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has functions like a mother. We are born again through the Spirit and He comforts, teaches, helps and guides the children of God. The Trinity is foundational, they are eternal and it makes absolute sense in God’s revelation.
- God is depicted as the Husband of His wife, Israel.1 God will never divorce her and He was very upset about her immorality (worshipping other gods).
- Jesus is the Bridegroom2 and the Church is the Bride.3 In Ephesians 5:22-32 the husband-wife relationship is compared to the Jesus-Church relationship. A man will leave his father and mother and become united to his wife, so that they become one flesh. The Jesus-Church relationship also works in the same way. It is what Paul calls a profound mystery.4 In 2 Corinthians 11:2 we read, ‘I promised you to one Husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to Him.’
This means, if we change the husband-wife picture, we change the Trinity, God-Israel and Jesus-Church pictures. That will cause major adjustments in the theology of the Bible. Is God going to do it? It doesn’t look like it, since Jesus said, ‘…Scripture cannot be broken.’ 5
Who are the people who will not inherit the Kingdom of God unless they are forgiven and changed by the Holy Spirit? The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexual offenders, greedy, drunkards, slanderers, swindlers, thieves, murderers, liars.6 Most of these people do not put continual pressure on the Church to condone their behaviour. They realise that their actions are wrong and that they will miss the Kingdom if they do not change. It is the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender), group who pressurise the Church to condone their behaviour.
The pressure on the Church to accept homosexuality, is not so much to condone what God has decided is wrong. The reason the devil wants to make the LGBT group very prominent, is because it has to do with major theological principles. It is to change the fundamental structure of the Bible. He wants the Church to compromise the character of the Trinity and the Gospel by changing the man-woman marriage picture. If you denounce the Trinity, the structure of the Bible and God’s dealings with people have to change, but God is not going to change one iota of Scripture.
- Hosea 2:16, 5:4; Ezekiel 16:32, 23:5
- John 3:29
- Revelation 19:7
- Ephesians 5:32
- John 10:35
- 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Revelation 20:8