Saturday, November 5, 2011

Romans 1:18-23

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

So, does God have the right to judge men? What about those who have never heard of Him? How can He judge them? This passage says that God put pointers to Himself in His creation. There are two things that man can know about God without ever having opened a Bible or hearing a sermon – God’s eternal power and divine nature. You look at the world around you, and if you are honest, you know that there is a Creator. No, that knowledge is not enough to save you from His wrath, but it is enough to send you looking for that Creator. It is enough to make you ask questions.

But man in general does not honor God or thank God or seek God. Without God man’s heart and mind choose to be blind, and they descend down a slippery slope, gaining speed as they run from God. They deceive themselves about their own condition. The mind becomes more and more foolish, the heart becomes darker and darker, and they see and understand less and less of Him. What they think becomes futile and pointless, and in the end they pick something else to worship and serve.
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