Psalm 2 and Atheism
The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!” He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them. Then He will speak to them in His anger And terrify them in His fury, saying, “But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain.” “I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession. ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.'” Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth. Worship the LORD with reverence And rejoice with trembling. Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!
A short Psalm that has helpful observations for the Christian when dealing with a belligerent atheist. I won’t make this a long post that is painful to read, rather, I will try to make some simple points that help guide a Christian in answering someone who is actively antagonistic to the claims of Jesus Christ.
- The hate and the vitriol is simply because there is the perception that God binds them and restricts them and they hate him for it. It is true, He does and they know it. If they follow Jesus they cannot follow their own designs. But they believe that their path brings freedom when all it really does is wrap them tightly in the fetters of rebellion. The funny thing about atheism is that they believe there is no God and yet invest massive quantities of emotion and effort to try to prove it. If he really doesn’t exist then at best they should shake their head in pity to the fool who does, much like we would to the one who believes the moon is made of green cheese.
- God is unimpressed and finds them mock-worthy. He will speak in judgment and until he speaks there is no reason to spend a lot of time trying to defend him. The Christian proclaims a gospel that is foolishness and weakness, therefore we do not stand amazed when it (and we) are called foolish and weak.
- God has established his King (Jesus). He has granted him full authority over all things. Even the atheist is under the dominion of Jesus. But note that in his time he shall express that dominion in a terrifying manner. They shall be broken and shattered.
- Therefore, all who hear come to a point of decision: They fear the Lord and worship him, or they don’t. They worship Jesus as their Lord and their Master or they don’t. One choice brings favor and the other anger.
- The one who chooses Jesus is in an enviable position, for Jesus shall recompense all for whom they love and whom they follow.