Bible Cartoon: Psalm 14 - The fool says there is no God

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Bible Book: Psalms
Bible Book Code: 1901400101
Scene no: 1 of 1

Bible Reference & Cartoon Description

Psalms 14:1-7 (ANIV)
1 [For the director of music. Of David.]

The fool [1] says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no-one who does good.

2 The Lord looks down from heaven
on the sons of men
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.
3 All have turned aside,
they have together become corrupt;
there is no-one who does good,
not even one.

4 Will evildoers never learn—
those who devour my people as men eat bread
and who do not call on the Lord?
5 There they are, overwhelmed with dread,
for God is present in the company of the righteous.
6 You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
but the Lord is their refuge.

7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

[1]
The Hebrew word rendered fool in Psalms denotes one who is morally deficient.

DRAWING NOTES:

TIME OF DAY:
Unspecified in Bible Text. I have set the scene in the morning.

LIGHTING NOTES:
Defused sunlight from above, left illuminates this scene. Shadows are cast to the right of objects.

CHARACTERS PRESENT:
The fool, telling everyone his opinion that God does not exist.
Three passers by looking shocked, amazed, bemused, at “the fools” outburst.

RESEARCH/ADDITIONAL NOTES:
Psalm 14 is an example of a Wisdom psalm, which probe life’s mysteries to teach the congregation about itself & God.

This scene is set in a village, where a man (called “the fool” in the Bible) is telling anyone who will listen “There is no God.” I wanted to give him an expression of dismissive disdain, which I hope I achieved through his facial expression and his finger pointing upwards to indicate the general direction of heaven, with his other hand making a sweeping gesture of dismissal.

Interestingly, the Bible never sets out to prove the existence of God. The Bible simply asserts and assumes that He does exist.