For the Christian or soon to be believer, one of the most relieving points of the bible is that it spends no time in attempting to convince anyone God exists. For the Atheist or the unbeliever it is one of the most damning points of the bible. It is relief to the Christian because if the bible had to convince the reader a God existed, then we could assume universal evidence would be lacking. This lack of evidence would open the door to a great amount of doubt. The evidence however, is overwhelming to those who choose to humble themselves and acknowledge it. For the unbeliever, the mere fact that the bible does not attempt to convince the reader God exists means that the universal evidence presented is clear and that anyone who rejects God is without excuse.
“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,7 in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)
What the bible does, is start with the presupposition that God exists. We see this in the very first verse of the bible.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
The bible doesn’t contain contradicting verses of who God is or where He came from. Not one writer in any of the 66 books of the bible spent time attempting to convince anyone God existed. This information is assumed because as a created being, living among a created universe it is apparent something far greater than ourselves brought everything into existence. It is illogical to claim that something can create itself. However the prideful heart of man in his foolishness rejects God.
The foolishness of man*
“The fool says in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.” (Psalm 14:1)
The bible calls those who claim God does not exist as foolish. Not ignorant or unaware, but foolish. As scripture points out, it is the attempt of man to be his/her own god or form their own god they can be comfortable with. Better known as idolatry.
“For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.” (Romans 1:21-22)
The bible’s accuracy in pointing out the character flaws of man is stunning as the description commonly fits that of Atheists today. Atheist are quick to claim themselves as intelligent, “free thinkers”, logic based, truth and knowledge seekers amongst a whole host of other prideful nicknames. The reality is, they are merely fools blinded by their own pride.
In God’s attempt to save man Christ was sent as a substitutionary atonement for man’s sins. God didn’t need to prove He existed however in this great act of mercy and grace Christ’s existence further proved God was real in an indirect way. The life, death and resurrection of Christ serves as more evidence that God does exist.
The bible makes it clear that God gets the final say so. He is after all, the creator. God Almighty! The bible tells us what happens to those who reject or deny the son of God, Jesus, who served as additional proof God the Father existed.
“but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33)
Jesus, never takes the time to attempt to convince anyone God exists. The challenge for Jesus, was to convince the world He was the Son of the one and only true God, sent by God, to redeem man.
At no point does the bible waste time attempting to convince anyone that God exists. For those that reject the idea of God the bible calls them foolish people with darkened hearts who claim to be wise. There are no such thing as Atheists. Only people who reject God and Christ Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The truth is they do not want anything to do with God or the idea of God ruling over their lives. It is the same path Satan has taken.
The takeaway for the Christian, is that we may do well by not spending excessive amounts of time attempting to convince people that God exists and get straight to the message of the Gospel. Because as it stands, scripture tells us that there are no such thing as Atheists and everyone knows God exists. The bible, is what delivers the message of who God is and what He requires of man. The Gospel, frees men from the imprisonment of sin and saves them from the wrath of God.