The word atheism did not exist 3000 years ago. The term atheism originated from the Greek ἄθεος (atheos), meaning “without god(s)”, used as a pejorative term applied to those thought to reject the gods worshipped by the larger society.
King Solomon’s wisdom was gifted to him by his God Yahweh according to the Bible. To fear God was to believe you will be judged for your evil deeds in life. I surmised in a novel that Solomon would have used the word nonbeliever when he gave his views of wisdom in regards to atheism in response to a question posed by the Queen of Sheba. The novel is a contemporary application of a story form to promote understanding of proverbs and ancient wise sayings in relation to our modern times.
“Solomon, there are many people that live their lives in righteousness, yet do not believe in any god. What have you to say about them?”
“Bilqis, nonbelievers will never experience the inner peace and tranquility afforded to a person of faith. They are likely to live a life searching for flighty earthly pleasures and always be on guard of losing their life, wealth, or possessions. Do you believe that there are forces of good and evil that exists?”
“Yes, judging by the conduct of some people. Why do you ask?”
“Because I believe we must always be wary of a nonbeliever because regardless of how wise they believe themselves to be, they are incapable to ward off powerful evil influences without help from a more powerful god. We believe a wise person knows his limitations and will seek help from Yahweh to relinquish evil from their presence.” Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear Yahweh and relinquish evil. (Proverb 3:7)
As A Lily Among Thorns – A Story of King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, and the Goddess of Wisdom by Rudy U Martinka
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Hebrews 11:6 Without Faith HERE
Dr. Lawrence Brown: Islam, Science, Logic, and Reason HERE