The Fool Says, There Is No God.

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God”-- They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none who does good. Psalm 14:1 NKJV If we apply our hearts as Solomon did (Eccl. 7:25) to search out the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness, these verses will assist us in the search and will show us that sin is exceedingly sinful. Sin is the disease of mankind and it appears here to be malignant and epidemic. See how malignant it is in two things: The contempt it puts upon the honor of God: for there is something of practical atheism at the bottom of all sin. The fool hath said in his heart: There is no God. We are sometimes tempted to think, "Surely there never was so much atheism and profaneness as there is in our days;’’ but we see the former days were no better; even in David’s time there were those who had arrived at such a height of impiety as to deny the very being of a God and the first and self-evident principles of religion. Observe, the sinner here described. He is one that says in his heart: There is no God, he is an atheist. "There is no Elohim, no Judge or governor of the world, no providence presiding over the affairs of men.’’ They cannot doubt of the being of God, but will question his dominion. He says this in his heart; it is not his judgment, but his imagination. He cannot satisfy himself that there is none, but he wishes there were none, and pleases himself with the fancy that it is possible there may be none. He cannot be sure there is one and therefore he is willing to think there is none. He dares not speak it out, lest he be confuted and so undeceived, but he whispers it secretly in his heart, for the silencing of the clamors of his conscience and the emboldening of himself in his evil ways. The character of this sinner-- He is a fool; he is simple and unwise and this is an evidence of it; he is wicked and profane and this is the cause of it. Note, Atheistic thoughts are very foolish wicked thoughts and they are at the bottom of a great deal of the wickedness that is in this world. The word of God is a discerner of these thoughts and puts a just brand on him that harbors them. Nabal is his name and folly is with him; for he thinks against the clearest light, against his own knowledge and convictions and the common sentiments of all the wise and sober part of mankind. No man will say ‘ there is no God’ until he is so hardened in sin that it has become his interest that there should be none to call him to an account. The disgrace and debasement it puts upon the nature of man. Sinners are corrupt, quite degenerated from what man was in his innocent estate. For this purpose, Jesus Christ, at the Cross of Calvary remains ready to accept with outstretched arms the one who humbly accepts the sacrifice He made on the sinners behalf, the one who willingly allowed himself to be nailed there for the sake of the repentant sinner who experiences conviction of sin and bows his heart to the Lord of Lords.

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