(120) No Atheists in Foxholes

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“. . . Because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 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 1:19-20 NKJV

William bounces wise sayings around as easily as a tennis ball leaps across the court. One of his favorites is, “There are no atheists in foxholes when bullets explode around you.”

Most of his sayings I understand. This one confused me. “Tell me more,” I said.

“I’ve never heard a man cry out, ‘there is no God’ when hunkered down to avoid getting shot.” He hesitated.

“When a man faces death, he cries out to God—like I said, there are no atheists in foxholes.”

My husband speaks openly about his faith. Occasionally, he encounters an atheist who pronounces, “I don’t believe in God.” The declaration is pronounced as to convince one that his belief is real yet doubt always accompanies such a declaration. To us, it seems a curious statement because we know otherwise. For our warriors, who face death, such a declaration rings hollow.

To assert a claim, “there is no God,” does not change God. Such a claim does not erase His existence. His mercy, His grace, His gift of eternal life, and all of His attributes remain intact, waiting for anyone who invites Him into their hearts.

Authors Al and Joanna Lacy offer a perfect response to one whose self-declaration of atheism places himself in the position of God.

“. . . There is no such thing as an honest atheist. Romans 1:19, 20 declares plainly that that which may be known of God by men is manifest in them for God has shown it unto them. Man’s very conscience and his very nature tells him God exists . . . . So people who call themselves atheists are without excuse before Him. When a person says there is no God, they are being dishonest. They know He exists because God has put in them to know it.”

Al and Joanna Lacy (39, 40)

Dog Atheists 

We asked Miss Molly if she knew any dog atheists. She did not respond, as if contemplating the question. She sneezes, sending drool in every direction.

We realized there are no dog atheists, as everyone knows–all dogs go to heaven! 

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Have you experienced a time when you called out to God for deliverance from a horrible situation? Please reply below. 

Source cited:

  • Lacy, Al and Joanna. Beloved Physician. Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2004.

About the blogger 

Dr. Penelope “Penny” Culbreth-Graft is a retired city manager and graduate professor. She lives with her disabled Vietnam Veteran husband, William, and his service dog, Molly, on Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado. She writes, paints, cares for her husband, and spends time with her granddaughter.