Are Atheists Fools Because They Say ‘There Is No God’

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   3/28/2011

Austin Cline is the author of perhaps the most comprehensive atheist website on the internet. Over the years I have come across many of his articles.  He is very intelligent and persuasive, but clearly does not have the knowledge of the Lord that is found in scripture.

I'd love to debate Mr. Cline some time or to find the time to write a corresponding article for each of his articles on his blog, showing the error in his thinking. 

Like every atheists, Mr. Cline has taken on an impossible task because there is no intelligent, objective and rational reasoning that can be organized to explain away the reality of God.  

What Mr. Cline and every other prominent atheist are trying to do is build their life on something other than the foundation that has already been laid – Jesus Christ.  And that is impossible.

“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid down, which is Jesus Christ” - 1Corinthians 3:11

I have read several books by the most intelligent atheists in the world.  And I understand why people read them. They are looking for God and in their search, they realize that they are sinners and need to repent in order to reconcile their relationship with God.  Atheism is the allusion of a solution around this problem. 

Atheism provides a collection of ideas (irrational as they are) in which to identify with and to build one’s life upon apart from God.  But there is no rest or comfort, because the conclusion is that life has no value and no purpose.  Anyone that builds their life upon this unstable identity will end in disappointment because it cannot support the burdens of life that demand the hand of God. 

The evidence is all around us and not by accident, but on purpose.  Scripture tells us that God made a conscious effort to show us the evident of Him so that we would have no excuse in saying that he does not exist.

“For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” – Romans 1:20

Who is the fool?

What prompted me to write this article was Mr. Cline’s article titled, “Myth: Atheists are Fools who Say in their Heart 'There is no God’“, in which Mr. Cline addresses the verse;

"The fool says in his heart, "There is no God"" - Psalm 14:1

In the article Mr. Cline says that when Christians use this verse, they are really just insulting atheists without taking responsibility for what we are saying.

Mr. Cline goes on to say that we are not interesting in dialog, but that we are only interested in supporting our position.  Especially because we ignore the second part of this verse that says,

“They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.”

Mr. Cline goes on to say;

“If the Christian doesn't agree with the second part of the verse, then they admit that it's possible to not agree with something in the Bible. If that's the case, then they can't claim that they are required to agree with the first part — but if they do agree with it, then they must admit that they can be held responsible for saying it and can be expected to defend it. If they do agree with that second part of the verse, on the other hand, then they should be expected to defend that and demonstrate that none of the atheists they are talking about "does good."”

“Christians who cite this verse are implicitly stating that atheists are corrupt, do abominable things, and don't do any good in the world. This is a pretty serious accusation and not one which can or should be allowed to pass by unchallenged.”

I accept the challenge to explain the entire verse.  The second part of the verse that Mr. Cline does not think is defendable because of its implication that atheists are corrupt and incapable of doing anything good, can be explained by looking at the rest of the story.

He is correct.  This verse not only says that not believing in God is foolish, but that willout believing in God is it impossible to do anything good.

"Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins."- Ecclesiastes 7:20

In the beginning of the gospel story, we see that we are all born sinners with a broken relationship with God that needs to be reconciled.  The middle of the story tells us how to reconcile our relationship so that we can find rest and comfort in knowing that we are at peace with God.

"And through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross." - Colossians 1:20

“That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

If we do not take this path and remain unrepentent, we remain unable to do what is right because righteousness is only granted to those that repent and believe in the Son of God.

The implication that Mr. Cline has found in Psalm 14:1 is correct, atheists and everyone that does not believe in God is corrupt and incapable of doing anything good.  The key is understanding what ‘doing good’ is.  Doing something good is relative in our eyes, but not in Gods.  Scripture tells us that only a justified man can do things that are pleasing to God and only those that believe in Jesus are justified.  (John 3:17-19)

So it is believing in Christ that we become justified for our sins and are granted righteousness, which enables us to do things that are pleasing to the Lord. Mr. Cline is correct; he is incapable of doing anything good in the sight of the Lord until he repents and believes in Jesus Christ.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists” - Hebrews 11:6

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