A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 14

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 14

In 2006, prominent English biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins released the book “The God Delusion.” Selling more than three million copies and making its way near the top of the New York Times Bestsellers list brought Dawkins to the forefront as one of the most prominent anti-religious voices in the world.

Ironically, while Dawkins is considered a respected author and teacher in his field, he also is someone that God considers a fool. While this might seem audacious, the Psalmist declares such:

“The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;
there is none who does good.

The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,
to see if there are any who understand,
who seek after God.

They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
not even one.”

“Fool” is a strong word, one which we are warned against using carelessly of our fellow man (Mat. 5:22); The fact that the Psalmist does use it should make us pause. The chief mark of a foolish person is that they deny the reality of God. Of course, someone can be foolish and still extremely intelligent; the Biblical use of the word/concept doesn’t deny mental prowess but rather implies an audacious obstinance to obvious truths. This is true of the atheist: they claim superior knowledge of the world and its workings (and sometimes that may be) yet their intellect is tainted by the reality that they reject the truth behind all reality.

You witness this as you read more diligently in scientific and philosophical fields. The most intelligent minds in the entire world will recognize—even if they are skeptical—that it is nearly impossible to prove that there isn’t a God. This is what is referred to in logic as a “Universal Negative” and is the most difficult proposition to maintain. While atheistic authors would like us to think that our faith in God is on shaky ground, in reality, their own worldview is on far less steady footing.

Take, for example, the problem of evil. While the atheist will be quick to point out the supposed inconsistency between an all-loving, all-powerful God and evil, they fail to recognize that declaring something objectively evil presupposes a moral lawgiver. For, if there is no ultimate good, then moral choices are simply that: choices. This is why the Psalmist points out the inevitable end of atheistic philosophy: rampant, unhindered evil. It doesn’t mean that atheists can’t do good things or be good people (in the accommodative sense). It does mean that atheism offers no boundaries, no moral prohibitive, for the sinful nature of man. Thus, a world that gives way to an atheistic perspective is a world thrust into darkness.

With this in mind, the believer should live in confidence at our competence. The Biblical worldview may be hated by many, but it is despised because it’s true. Biblical faith is rational and real; the entire world would be a better place if more adhered to it. In fact, it’s so valuable, that God Himself is looking throughout the world to discover it!