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 Vol. 6, No. 10 

October 2004

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Trying to Define Terms Without God

By Ernest S. Underwood

Image Some say that there is no God. This is not a new fad or philosophy. More than three thousand years ago David wrote: "The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God.' They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good'" (Psalm 14:1). It should be noted that the passage does not say,"Because there is no evidence available, some people fail to believe in God." The fool of the passage knows the evidence. He may even have examined that evidence and realized that all reasoning and logic show such evidence to be true. Surely, like the Psalmist, he could see and say, "The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard" (Psalm 19:1-3). The fool, however, is like those described in the first chapter of the book of Romans. Here we are told:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man; and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. (Romans 1:18-25)

He, the fool, simply doesn't want to acknowledge God, even though the evidence all around him speaks of that existence. The fool refuses because of his sinful and prideful heart. He neither wants to acknowledge or submit of him.

Even while denying God, the fool will boldly use such terms as honor, truth, integrity, goodness and morality. Yet, without the existence of God whom the fool despises, he cannot give a reasonable definition of any of these terms. For example, who is to determine that the killing of a human is worse than killing a roach? Without God, who can say that the atrocities of Hitler and Stalin were indeed atrocities? Neither of these leaders violated the law of their lands. In fact, they were that law! Without God, who can authoritatively declare that the Oklahoma City bombing was any more wrong than when an exterminator destroys a colony of termites? When one takes God out of the picture, he becomes a law to himself, and who is to say that his "law" is superior to the "law" of someone else?        

Every definition that one attempts to give for any moral, ethical or spiritual issue is nothing but his own subjective thinking when he leaves God out. In fact, without God, one cannot even know if a thing is moral, ethical or spiritual. Truly, "The fool has said in his heart, there is no God!"Image

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