Do atheists believe in God? The better question is: does God believe in atheists? Is there such a thing as a true atheist? And does the Bible have something to say about this?
The Bible declares that all humanity has been made in the image of our Creator God. And God being the ultimate and perfect rational, reasonable and logical divine God that He is, has created within the creature man, a mind with the capacity for and bent towards logic and reason. Therefore it only makes sense that God being who He is and for the benefit of His creatures has created the one and only faith that is truly rational, reasonable and logical. Christianity when compared to any other worldview is the only one that makes any rational, reasonable or logical sense at all. For our Lord Jesus Christ is the one and only Triune Creator God of all truth. Therefore all of humanity will be held accountable and responsible for this divine truth.
Are there true atheists? Not according to God’s Word. For people purposely suppress this divine truth by their unrighteousness (Romans 1:18). Furthermore the Bible declares that “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. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen” (Romans 1:19-25).
And things just seem to go from bad . . . “and just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,” (Romans 1:28) to worse . . . “and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them” (Romans 1:32).
According to these verses there are no atheists. These verses plainly state that the order, harmony and coherence of the created universe points to an Intelligent Designer and all will be held accountable for this fact because our logical, common sense God made us with the logical common sense to know better.
The Scriptures also point out in glorious detail that humanity made in God’s image was bestowed with a God-given conscience in order to know right from wrong. This is called the “moral argument.” “For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 2:14-16)
The bottom line is that all of humanity will be without excuse for we are able to see that there is a God in the created order and able to know there is a perfect law Giver because of our moral consciences.
The truth of this understanding makes everyone accountable unto God, and yet knowing this isn’t enough for one’s salvation. They still must discover Jesus Christ and repent and believe in Him alone. Knowing this allows those of us that truly know Christ the divine opportunity to evangelize the lost. With unashamed boldness we should always be ready, willing and prepared to give a rational, reasonable and logical answer and defense of the One and Only true, complete and absolute Hope that is in us! (1Peter 3:15)