BELIEVE NO ONE WHO CALLS HIMSELF AN ATHEISTI have to take a recess, I will be back a bit later.
If what Paul says is true, there is ultimately no such thing as an atheist. Anyone who calls himself one is wrong on at least three (3) fronts. First, someone who claims to be an atheist is suppressing the truth he knows. According to Romans 1, “What can be known about God is plain to them” (v. 19), and their denial is an expression of the fact that they are among those “men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth” (v. 18). Therefore, whatever they believe about themselves, the God who made them says otherwise, and we must believe God rather than man.
Second, anyone who claims to be an atheist is contradicting the God of truth. It is one thing for a person to wrong about himself. It is quite another thing for him to be in disagreement with what God says about him. God says every man knows. Therefore, anyone who says he does not know, is calling God a liar. It’s a bit like a man arguing with his mother about what day he was born. Only in this case, it’s not his mother, but his inerrant, infallible Creator.
Third, anyone who claims to be an atheist is ignoring his greatest need, and his only hope for its fulfillment. Man’s greatest and ultimate need is God. Apart from God, man is incomplete. Moreover, he is utterly incapable of achieving or attaining what he lacks. This is what drove Solomon to write, “Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and striving after wind and there was nothing to be gained under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 2:11) This is the state of every person apart from God.
REMIND PEOPLE OF WHAT THEY ALREADY KNOW
People know there is a God. As we have already seen, Paul makes it very clear that people know God exists. However, they suppress that truth in their unrighteousness. Nevertheless, the knowledge is within them.
Expository Apologetics Answering Objections with the Power of the Word
Voddie Baucham, D. Min, SWBTS
We see it various ways:
Most everyone knew where they were on September 11, 2001. We saw evil and there was no question about it.
Most remember when the Apollo 13 Astronauts were in peril. A world worried about them.
My mother was alive for the Cuban missile crisis, she remembers the fear. Nuclear conflagration was imminent. The entire world realized they were in real danger.
On May 2, 2011. U.S. Navy Seals captured and killed Osama Bin Laden. The world was relieved.
People know that the concepts of good and evil are, in fact, universal.
People know there is a God.