Christian “Atheists” (Psalm 14:1)

 

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When we hear of atheists who blatantly deny the existence of God, we may think of today’s Scripture text. It underscores the foolishness of not recognizing the reality of the God of the Bible.

Foolish, too, are people who profess to believe in God but live as though He does not really exist. They go right on with their sinful practices. They ignore the God who sees, hears, and knows everything they do, and who will hold them responsible for their deeds. They pay little attention to God’s written Word. And they pray only when they’re in deep trouble and see no way out.

There is another group of people who are foolish. It’s made up of Christians who fail to appropriate all that God has made available to them. They try to live the Christian life in their strength. They do not appreciate that they are temples of God – that the Holy Spirit dwells within them. They do not seek God’s guidance for the decisions of life. They do not avail themselves of the spiritual riches that became theirs when they received Christ as Savior (Ephesians 1:3).

To deny the existence of God is foolish indeed. But to believe Him and yet fail to enjoy His gracious provision is also foolish. Let’s not be Christians who live like atheists. – Richard W. De Haan

What’s worse: to be atheist,

Denying that God lives,

Or be a Christian who denies

The gifts the Father gives? – Fasick

A Christian cannot be an atheist, but he can live like one.

  • March 10, 1991, Our Daily Bread
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