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An attitude and style of life which excludes God from thought and ignores or deliberately violates God's laws. Romans 1:20-32 is a classic characterization of godlessness: the godless refuse to acknowledge God in spite of the evidence of creation ( Romans 1:22 ), engage in willful idolatry (Romans 1:25 ), and practice a life-style unconstrained by divine limits (Romans 1:26-31 ). The godless not only have no fear of God's judgment but seek to involve others in their wickedness (Romans 1:32 ). “Godless myths and old wives' tales” (NIV) refers to speech that encourages an attitude and life-style of godlessness (1 Timothy 4:7 ; compare 1 Timothy 6:20 ; 2 Timothy 2:16 ).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Godlessness'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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