“A fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds” (Psa. 14:1). Most of us know this verse, even if it is only the first part. There are many reasons people choose not to believe in God, and I believe it is a choice. We make a conscious decision to believe and, likewise, to reject the idea of God. Either we admit we are sinners in need of salvation and embrace the redemptive work of Christ, or we don’t care to admit our sin(s), and we say, “He does not exist.” For the latter group, the total rejection of God stems from a variety of reasons, but it almost always relates to the second part of the verse, “They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds.” Believing in God requires something they are not prepared to do – repent. They enjoy their licentious lifestyles, vile manners, crude language, and hateful, arrogant attitudes, so their only option is the complete rejection of God and His commandments.
For them to admit there is a God means they would have to confront their sinful nature, and that burden is too heavy for them to bear. It is far easier to convince themselves that there is no God because they can shirk the responsibility accompanying living a Christian lifestyle. Moreover, they do not want to be accountable for their actions, so they call believers “stupid,” “delusional,” and “Idiots” and falsely believe their faulty immoral compass is functioning correctly. Once they think that, they are absolved from any wrongdoing because they decide what is right and wrong. Sin, if they even consider what they are doing evil, has no consequence in their fantasy world, and they can revel in their debauchery and depravity.
So, instead of falling to their knees in contrite repentance and accepting forgiveness from the Almighty, they convince themselves he does not exist – to their eternal doom. The willful rejection and replacing of God by themselves will not save them. Their lifestyle now, as pleasurable and free from accountability as it may seem, will result in a torturous prison of fire for all of eternity. If only they knew how impossible it is to hide sin from God and how easy it is to be forgiven. Maybe they would make a better choice. God does not wish anyone to perish, but that everyone should reach repentance (2 Pet. 3:9), and He is patient as he waits for them to come to their senses.
But they should not be fooled into thinking that even if He does exist, He will not repay them for their transgressions. God is loving, graceful, merciful, and kind, but He will not be mocked, and a price will be exacted for rejecting Him. If you know someone like that, pray for them. Pray that they will come to their senses and depart from their evil ways before it is too late. Pray fervently that they will reach out and embrace the light that is their salvation. But above all, be an example of what God expects of them. Show them by your words and actions the freedom we live in and the joy we have, knowing that the glory of heaven awaits us.