Read Psalm 14 (esp. 1-3)
Another offering from THE POETRY PROJECT
There is a raw quality to some of the psalms of David, a brutal non-political, non-politically correct confidence in the total dependability of God that progressive thought despises and David and other biblical writers could not care less about. Psalm 14 is one of those psalms that breathes those vapors.
Far wiser to say “I have doubts” than to say “I know that there is no God.” Far wiser and nobler to be an agnostic than to declare the religious dogma of atheism. Pray that your atheist friends would be wise and declare for agnosticism. It would be a step away from foolishness and toward wisdom. Pray that they would be humble.
There is no god.
I know that there is no god.
So I will organize my life as if he is not,
because there is no one above.
I will be the master of my time.
I will be the lord of my moments.
I will be the commander of my conscience.
No god will rule me.
No god will condemn me.
No god will stand in my way.
I will not bow my knee.
I will be the master of my destiny.
I will not follow his path.
I will not listen for his voice.
I will ridicule his followers.
I will despise his precepts.
I will seek other devotions and pursue other joys.
I will not delight in a god I don’t see
or a path that restricts my inclination.
I will turn aside to what his followers label corruption.
and glory in my freedom and progress.
And when worm-food I become.
I will feel nothing,
and regret nothing.
I will simply be gone.
“Alright then,” said the God you will not acknowledge,
“Have it your way. Fool.”
But there was a tear in the Son of God’s eye.
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they become fools,”
Go to Psalm 15