Romans 1: We Can Know For Sure!

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

Romans 1:18-20, ESV

 

One of the most comforting things about God is that He has made known Who He is in a way that cannot be reasonably misunderstood. Why is that important?

 

Just think about how many religions exist in this world. Think about how many "gods" people have worshipped since the beginning of time. With all of these religions and all of these so-called "gods" how is it that men can be sure?

 

God answers this question by saying that the answer as to Who God is, is actually woven into the very fabric of His creation. Paul's claim above is that what can be known about God has been made plain. It is plain because God's attributes are clearly seen by the things that God has made. In other words, a person cannot look at all of the complexity and depth and beauty of this universe and justifiably conclude that it just happened. While this idea of the universe "just happening" is the very essence of the teaching of evolution without God, in God's eyes, men who buy into that mistaken belief are without excuse.

 

Whenever I am studying with someone who is not sure whether there is a God or not, I encourage them to put this inspired statement by Paul in Romans 1:18-20 to the test. Does it really make sense that this world could have just happened by some sort of a cosmic accident? If so, where did the materials come from that were needed for such an "accident"? I believe that when a person honestly looks at this world that we live in, they cannot reasonably conclude that it just happened. Once a person realizes this truth, it is enough then for them to then begin their search for the one true God.

 

And there is certainly enough evidence presented by God to allow people to make the right choice. Even in a world with countless claims about multiple religions and a multitude of "gods". In fact, if the words of Paul are indeed inspired by the one true God (and I am convinced that an honest person can come to no other logical conclusion) then anyone who believes in a different God or a different religion is, at least in God's opinion (the only opinion that counts), without excuse. This is why we read!

 

Today's reading is from Romans chapter one. It is a faith-building chapter indeed!