If the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, then what is it to have no fear of God at all?
I frequent a few websites whose members certainly think of themselves as more than usually intelligent and well-educated. Some of them are atheists, and they criticize, or even mock and insult, Christians for believing in God. The phrase they always toss around is “your God”–as if the God who made the heavens and the earth were some kind of possession of ours, rather than the other way around.
It’s “your god didn’t do this” or “your god shoulda done that,” blah-blah. They claim that not a word in the Bible constitutes true history, it’s all just made-up stories, and then burst into rage because God wiped out the Canaanites–I mean, why get so upset about something that you say never happened?
They pat themselves on the back for believing in Science. For us, science is a method of learning about God’s created reality. For them it is an idol to be worshiped. A substitute for God. They created it themselves, and then they worship it. Like a poor benighted heathen bowing down to a thing he carved out of a chunk of wood.
Science tells them God didn’t create anything because, of course, God does not exist (they hate Him anyway). Everything sort of evolved. And it all got rolling–by merest chance!–when it rained on earth’s primordial rocks… and the rocks came alive.
I find I just can’t get comfortable with all this “your god” stuff and can’t take it in stride. I come from a time when people didn’t talk like this. And I come from a belief that God hears what we say and will hold us to account for it. So to me such talk seems very dangerous.
The Bible assures us that the fool has said in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 13 and elsewhere).
When fools do things, it doesn’t turn out well.
Which, I think, explains this age.