For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
— Romans 1:18–20 ESV
Frankly speaking, I have more respect for a militant atheist than for an agnostic. At least the atheist doesn’t hem and haw around about it. Honesty in one’s forthright denial of God’s existence won’t net anyone a get out of jail free card, no free passes. But as I see it, the greater insult to God would be a plea of ignorance.
“If only I had known.”
“There was insufficient information upon which to make an intelligent decision.”
“If there had just been clear evidence.”
What a cold slap in the face. In creation, God has gone above and beyond —out of his way, if you will — to make his existence abundantly and undeniably clear. Every time there falls a drop of rain against my skin, wind in my hair or sunshine on my face. Each time I see a sunset, the sunrise or a star-filled night. Every time I observe a bird in flight, look at a flower, see a tree, smell a rose, taste a snowflake or stand looking out over an endless sea as the waves come crashing into shore, I am given adequate, abundant and irrefutable evidence that God is — that he really does exist. And according to the revelation of himself found in the Bible, no one will be able to plead ignorance.
The indictment has been handed down already, the charge is suppression of truth. Clearly revealed truth, for which nature is a smoking gun. Those who choose to ignore and repress that conspicuous truth are guilty as charged. They just didn’t know the gun was loaded.