I cannot quite remember where I heard the reference to this scripture.
1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. 2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. 3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD. 5 There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous. 6 Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge. 7 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
I thought God loved everyone? Including me, a non-believer! How am I corrupt? I find it fulfilling to be truthful and honest. What are my abominable works? I always listen to my students when they have problems. I do not do good things? My wife, my family, my co-workers, my friends and strangers would attest to the fact of my altruism. If I am working towards an understanding of how our wonderful world works, am I not seeking the truth? How am I filthy? I may be a 'worker of iniquity', but I have much knowledge. Am I a cannibal? OK, I know that is not a literal translation, but hey, who am I to know what God would have me understand in a literal or figurative sense?
Darn it, this saddens me...OK no it doesn't. I will always be on an ethical quest for knowledge and if this is frowned upon by the Christain God who apparently made me the way I am, then well now I'm just confused.