Why It’s Foolish To Not Believe In God—Psalm 14:1

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Levi Durfey


INTRODUCTION

 

Let’s focus on just one-half of one verse—

 

Psalms 14:1a The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.

 

What does it mean to be a fool? And why is a person a fool if they say that there is no God?

 

Throughout the scriptures, the fool is regarded mainly as someone who is not prudent, that is, they are reckless or uncaring in regards to learning and reproof. For example, “A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: But he that regardeth reproof is prudent” (Proverbs 15:5).

 

There are different Hebrew words that are translated fool in the Bible. The Hebrew word for “fool” (נָבָל) here in Psalm 14:1 is “Nabal.” It’s relatively rare, only used 18 times. This word for fool mainly has to do with a disregard for the consequences of a person’s actions (LTW). You may recognize Nabal as the name of the foolish husband of Abigail in 1 Samuel 25. He refused to help David and, as a consequence, ended up dying.

 

There’s much more we could talk about when it comes to fools in the Bible, but in short, the fool is a person who, while maybe smart and worldly wise, is nevertheless a person without understanding, who refuses to consider the spiritual reality of God. That is the key thing to understand with Psalm 14:1—the fool denies the existence and the importance of God.

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Freedom Means Not Going Back To The Jail Of Sin—Romans 6:1-2

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Levi Durfey 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

 

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government…

 

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown…(From the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776).

 

With these words, the colonies declared their intention to separate from Britain and establish a new government. But then, after the Revolutionary War had won the freedom of the American colonies, 

 

The most senior officers [of the army] believed that the natural order of events was to decide who would become King of the new country.  The senior military officers and civilian leadership consulted and concluded that Washington was the clear choice to be crowned King.   When approached with the offer of a kingdom he was appalled but did not react with anger.  Instead, he declined and tactfully suggested the populace would not accept the idea of a King of America.  Shortly thereafter he turned the army back over to civilian control and retired from military service. (https://www.hcla.net/leadership-link/details/hcla-leadership-link-january-2014)

 

George Washington understood that America could not go back to the old way. The new piece of cloth could not be attached to the old garment. The new wine could not be poured into the old wineskins. He, along with the other founding fathers, understood that they had been set free from the tyranny of the past and they could not go back there.

 

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