We’re continuing our walk through Paul’s letter to the Roman church. Having finished his introduction, the apostle now begins the journey to maturity.
He begins by talking about mankind, lost and without Christ. That’s where any walk of faith must start.
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.
This is an interesting contrast to what he just wrote. In my last post we saw that Paul talked about the righteousness of God being revealed through the Gospel. Now we see the anger of God being revealed from heaven.
Who is this anger against? The answer is simple. It’s against the godlessness and wickedness of mankind who suppress truth.
We live in a society of spiritual convenience. What do I mean by that? It would be very convenient to not have a God that we must answer to.
So on one hand we have true atheists who have made the choice not to believe in God. On the other hand we have practical atheists who say they believe in God, but live as if God has no effect on their lives.
The result is a society that’s slipping further and further into wickedness. In Scripture, that word speaks of doing things where it’s self-evident that they’re wrong.
I guess the real question is, how has God made His anger plain? Many people say that they can look at creation and not even think about a God.
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 men are without excuse.
There’s a key phrase in this verse – being understood. Understanding means to apply the mental effort needed to reach a decision. It means to put together everything you’re seeing to form a conclusion.
This is what society fears the most. If you apply understanding to what you see around you, it will lead you to God. There’s no way around it, understanding will bring you face to face with God.
The Lord made it impossible to use understanding to arrive at the conclusion that we’re here by the evolutionary process. Applying understanding to the world around us will never lead to a belief in random chance. How does that theory come about?
It starts with the foundation of atheism – I don’t want there to be a God. I must now find an explanation for how we could have gotten here if there were no God. Of course, all the facts won’t fit into my theory, but at least I can explain how there can be life without God – even if it means I put my understanding on hold.
That’s why evolution will always be a theory. It can never be proven, because there are too many things that it can’t explain when taken all together. All it can do is provide a bit of consolation for those who don’t want to believe in God.
This is where the frightening world of understanding comes in. Understanding will cost you something. It brings responsibility with it. Once I understand that there’s a God that I must answer to, the rest of my life is affected by this knowledge. That’s why the quest for understanding is one which is not undertaken by many.
It’s my prayer that you are one of the few who seek to understand the truth.
Question: How does your understanding of God affect your lifestyle?
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