God is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I have always related the non belief and/or non recognition of God to that of the non belief or the non recognition of gravity—just because a person chooses not to recognize or believe in it, does not make that reality any less true, neither does it make that person immune from the laws thereof. I don’t magically start levitating if I no longer believe in gravity. A.W. Tozer is a little more blunt. He states it like this:
“God is the first and the last. Man in the plan of God has been granted considerable say; but is never permitted to utter the first word, nor the last. That is the prerogative of the deity and one which He will never surrender to His creatures.
Man has no say about the time or the place of his birth; God determines that without consulting the man himself. One day, the little man finds himself in consciousness and accepts the fact that he is. There his volitional life begins. Before that, he had nothing to say about anything. After that, he struts and boasts and utters his defiant proclamations of individual freedom, and, encouraged by the sound of his own voice, he may declare his independence of God and call himself an ‘atheist’ or an ‘agnostic’. Have your fun, little man; you are only chattering in the interim between the First and the Last; you had no voice at the first, and you will have none at the last. God reserves the right to take up at the last where He began at the first, and you are in the hands of God, whether you will or not.”