Answering Doubts About God And Faith

Psalm 53.1

Here are several troubling objections to Christian faith drummed into modern society, and why they are entirely wrong. Here also are the chief evidences for the being of God, the basis for finding and knowing Him, and the proving of His life-changing power.

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable things, iniquity. There is none that doeth good.

The subject will be Answering Doubts about God and Faith. And we cannot do much in the short time available to us, but we shall try to look at some doubts. These seem to be very strong words: ‘the fool’. It’s King David who wrote the Psalm, almost identical to his 14th Psalm. ‘The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God.’ ‘The fool.’ Well, first of all I must try to address very briefly the idea that there is no evidence for God.

We hear it often these days. ‘There is no evidence for God.’ In fact usually it’s put rather like this: ‘there is not a scintilla of evidence to support a divine being or God.’ Well that’s a Latin word. It means a spark, a tiny spark, not the tiniest spark of evidence. It’s an astonishing thing to say, and we’re going to look at that and a few other points this evening time permitting.

But first of all, what the word of God says here – ‘the fool hath said in his heart’. Now the Hebrew word translated ‘fool’ really comes from the idea of something which has fallen away, like a flower which has died and is drooping and falling. That’s the idea behind this particular word. There are various words for ‘fool’ in Hebrew used in the Old Testament – this one is perhaps the most gentle, in fact. It refers to people who have fallen away, faded away from any spiritual interest. Any spiritual seeking or activity. And it means the ‘fool’, the person who has drooped away and he says something in his heart, which means here his affections, his emotions rather than his whole soul. The Hebrew word is the word for soul, but ‘heart’ is a good translation because in its context, this is something that’s going on in the heart.