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.
More than 130 years ago, a philosopher named Friedrich Nietzsche began what is now known as the “God is Dead” movement. Nietzsche was brought up in a Christian home by strict parents. But instead of seeing his family’s faith as real, he instead saw it as fake, and he felt that Christian morals were harmful and restrictive.
He first wrote in 1882 that, “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him.” Essentially, Nietzsche felt that people had killed God in their hearts. Whereas Christian faith gives us hope that the Lord made us, loves us and has a plan for us, Nietzsche wrote that, “Hope, in reality, is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.”
Nietzsche and all who share his atheism are what the writer of Psalm 14 had in mind when he wrote, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.'” The truth is that, in 1900, Friedrich Nietzsche died, and instantly found out that his unbelief was a lie; it was Nietzsche who was dead, and God who was and is alive!
As He has done since the dawn of time, God looks to His creation to see who will follow Him, and He calls to each of us to believe in Him. Imagine if you had children, and then one day they turned to you and said, “I don’t have parents! You don’t exist!” How hurtful would that be to you? It must be even worse for the God who lovingly made each of us from nothing. On the other hand, how happy must our Lord be when we look to Him and say, “I love you. You’re my Father. Thank you for making me and taking care of me.”
Today, spend some time thanking God for His hand in your life and think of ways you can demonstrate His love to others without using words.
Reflection copyright © 2015 Doug DeBolt.
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