“For the invisible things of [H]im from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even [H]is eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse…” (Romans 1:20)
“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. (Psalms 14:1)
Unless you are a good Catholic, and you are saved, you will take God’s Word over man’s word every time. Each and every time. In the (1st) first quoted verse we find the Scriptures stating that the things (you and I) created understand that God is. They state that His existence is clearly seen and not just seen. Then the Scriptures state that those who pretend to disbelieve in God are… without… excuse. Our second quoted verse states that, in God’s opinion, they that disbelieve are fools, they are corrupt, they have done abominable works and none of these pretenders have done anything good.
I know…I know…there are many atheists that have done good. ATHEIST meet TRUTH. GOD sets the standard on what is good. It is GOD that defines good. It is GOD that judges whether something is good or not. God states in Isaiah, that all the “good” works of the unrighteous are as filthy rags in His sight. Filthy rags is a nice way of saying menstrual clothe.
The inspired Scriptures goes so far as to say, unless our works are of faith, it is sin (Romans 14:23). Therefore, the atheist, who is a fool, has not done anything good per God.
Another tell or another way atheists betray themselves is when they cry, “Oh God!” during a moment of fear or pain? They also invoke God’s Son’s Name at that moment of fear or pain. This is the human default position…when one is at one’s end, God is the next word out of their mouth. Even when the atheist maintains his atheism on the death bed, s/he is acknowledging God.
Did you know that there are “evangelical” atheists? These militant atheists, like their counterpart, speak to others of their belief or rather their unbelief. These “witnesses to nothing” atheists actually attempt to keep others from believing and they even try to talk God’s elect out of their faith. Shakespeare would say, “Methinks thou protesteth too much.” These militant atheists are not unbelievers, they are like the devils that believe and tremble. The only difference is, they are not wise enough to tremble. These are not atheist, they are God’s avowed enemies.
We have engaged many atheists. Most are nice persons and some are very intelligent and if you do not believe me, ask them….they’ll tell you just how intelligent they are. I’m saddened by the atheist’s stories of their run ins with Christ-ians. I have heard from the atheists of Christ-ians spitting at them, swearing at them, scratching them and even hitting them. These things ought NEVER to be. The Christ-ian is to be composed and Christ-like. If their stories are true and I believe them to be true (one atheist even procured a conceal and carry permit to “protect” himself from Christ-ians) they should realize that they will get much worse from God.
As I said above, some of the atheists are very intelligent. BUT some are not. Some can explain why they do not believe and they can sound very smart, they may even look smart, but they are fools, nonetheless. Others cannot tell you why they believe not, other than not wanting to.
After we have had our fill of the foolish atheist, we teach them sound theology. We tell them that lest they, at some point, repent and believe in/on Christ, it was God that rejected them and not they who rejected God. It is God, Who shall say to the proud and intelligent atheist, something like, “I never knew you, depart from [M]e, ye worker of iniquity.”