Two things come to mind with Marx's quote: 1. The fool has said in his heart there is no God. 2. What are you and I saying to God in our hearts?
To see what God says about us, read my post here on What is God Saying About You?
It's a Heart Issue.
It's a heart issue. Always has been, always will be.
So, with that being said, I think Marx, Nietzche and many other atheistic philosophers felt compelled to discredit and ridicule the existence of God and His foundational truths found in the Scriptures.
In other words, Marx' objective to dethrone God at it's core is what mankind has struggled with for centuries.
We want to be like God.
The prophet Isaiah and the Apostle Paul both capture what I believe is the “heart” of humanity’s mindset.
“What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, ‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’ Does the pot exclaim, ‘How clumsy can you be?’ - Isaiah 45:9 (NLT)
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse… Romans 1:18-20
Lest we think that Marx’s objective to dethrone or overthrow God is something new, it isn’t. Rebellion in the heart of man against the Lord’s authority was rampant throughout Scripture. Think Pharaoh. Nebuchadnezzar and Herod, amongst others.
But what is really troubling is when those rebellious attitudes of the heart are found in those who profess the name of Christ. Jesus said it best in Matthew 15:8:
‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.
So as we’re in a volatile season right now with just days away from a major election, let’s be mindful of what we’re saying to God with the attitudes of our hearts.
I say that by way of reminder to myself first.
I want to have a heart that says “Praise the Lord!” And a heart that gives thanks to God in everything, because that’s His will for all of us!