A Fool’s Argument (Psalm 53:1)


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Some people spend a great deal of time and effort trying to disprove the existence of God. By doing so, however, they undermine their own arguments. In Interpreting Basic Theology, Addison Leitch wrote, “Unless [an atheist] is carrying on his fight against absolute nothingness – and this makes us wonder about his zeal – then he must be [arguing] against something he finds ingrained in himself and in others.”

The inherent belief in God doesn’t prove He exists, but it strongly hints in that direction. When C. S. Lewis was an atheist, he rejected the idea of a divine Being because of all the injustice in the world. But when he asked himself where he had gotten the idea of justice in the first place, he had a problem. “Man doesn’t call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line,“ wrote Lewis. “What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?” Lewis realized that his case for atheism was too simple. If the idea of justice were merely a product of his imagination, that would have destroyed his argument, which depended that on real injustices. Injustice in the world, in fact, pointed to a God who Himself set the standards of justice.

The fool says that there is no God (Psalm 53:1). So be wise instead and make your primary goal to love the God who is there. – Dennis J. De Haan

Though people may say outwardly

That God does not exist,

Within their hearts they know He’s there –

A truth that they resist. – Sper

How can we know what is evil if we deny the God who is good?

–       May 6, 1992, Our Daily Bread


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