Practical Atheism - Submitted by Greg Binder
“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” (Psa. 55:1)
The term atheist describes one who is against the concept of there being a God. We live in a world that seems to be increasing its population of atheists daily. The above text straightforward describes their spiritual state. There is far too much evidence to deny the existence of a Creator in this universe.
But there is another form of atheism that we need to be concerned about. It is described as PRACTICAL ATHEISM. This describes one who professes to believe in God but lives like He doesn’t exist. You might say this is one who believes IN God but he does not believe God.
And that is something that each of us, even as believers, needs to consider from time to time. Do we live our lives in denial of the truths of God’s word? That is, while we render lip service to the teachings of the Bible (i.e. His standard of morality, His demand for obedience, teaching His word accurately, His instructions about worldliness, etc.), do our actions show that we really believe Him?
Do we live truly believing that one day we will stand before Him and actually be judged by the exactness of His word? OR do we reason, “I know what the Bible says but that doesn’t apply to me”? Do we try to move the boundaries set by His word to accommodate what we want to do? Do we justify unscriptural conduct by saying, “But I believe in my heart that He will accept this”?
If we are caught up in such spiritual acrobatics with God’s word, maybe we better take a closer look at who God is in our lives.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him. For he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Heb. 11:6. THINK ABOUT IT!