A fool says in his heart…

Yet again, I was reminded today by a commenter on one of my posts, of the biblical passage from Psalm 14:1

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God…”

And once again, I have to remind these bible-thumping ignoramus’ that I DO NOT USE MY HEART TO THINK WITH. Please get it into your heads (or hearts if you prefer to use that organ for cognition) that I just use my heart to pump blood to my brain which does all the thinking.

And that’s not all. Yet again they fail to complete the context in which it is quoted:

The fool says in his heart,
       “There is no God.”
       They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
       there is no one who does good.

Now according to one source I bothered to look up (there are of course others which seem to concur), this passage actually means something else:

Both Psalm 14:1 and Psalm 53:1 read, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” Some take these verses to indicate that atheists are stupid, i.e., lacking intelligence. However, that is not the meaning of the Hebrew word translated “fool.” In this text, the Hebrew word is nabal which refers more to a “moral fool,” e.g., someone without morals. The meaning of the text is not “unintelligent people do not believe in God.” Rather, the meaning of the text is “immoral people do not believe in God.”

So other people think I’m immoral. Morality is subjective, so I can live with that. What I can’t live with is, fools thinking I say things in my heart…

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8 thoughts on “A fool says in his heart…

  1. Hello, Lenny

    Once again you’ve proven that you know more about the Bible, because you took the time to read it, than any of these Bible thumping devious hypocrites that respond to your comments in protest.

  2. And what if it did say that atheists are fools? What, exactly, is the value in that, or any statement about atheists in the Bible for that matter?

    I have seen people that act as if this verse is some Biblical prophecy. “Look, there’s an atheist on the news.” “Oh, yep, God’s one step ahead of these atheists-the fool says in his heart there is no god! Oh, burn!”

    • Hi mythicsushi,

      I care not one jot what it says in the bible (or any other religious text for that matter). I do however care about how people interpret it. It bothers me a lot, especially if they are sitting with their fingers poised over the red buttons that start a nuclear explosion.

  3. Needn’t bother you. Osama (or for that matter, any religious zealot in the position to hold the red/green button) do not believe in martyrdom, at least not where they pay the ultimate price. The honor is left to their followers who are lazy enough to engage in basic critical reasoning.

    • Hi Muraguri,

      Interesting observation. So you’re saying that the clerics don’t believe the bullshit they teach – it’s just useful rhetoric for the lazy followers who keep them (the clerics) ensconced in power and luxury.

      I did suspect something like that, but it seems I’m not the only one. It applies to politicians as well.

      • Lenny,
        “the clerics don’t believe the bullshit they teach” . Sould you by any chance have seen or have the opportunity to view it, see “Religiosity” by produced by Bill Maher. In this documentary he interviews a cleric from the Vatican on its premises, who tells him precisely that “they’re just fictionalized stories” or something to that effect. Check it out!

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