We are walking through the Book Of Romans verse by verse in this portion of Lillie-Put. We have had many discussions on the first twenty verses of the book. If you would like to do some catching up, those discussions can be found on THE ROAD THROUGH ROMANS PAGE.
Today we continue with the passage where Paul lays out his doctrine of original sin. The idea that man comes into the world with a natural bent towards evil is not a popular one in today’s world. That said it is a biblical idea which means it is truth. We learned from verse 20 that creation points us to God so that men are with out excuse for their sinful behavior. Verse 21 through 23 continues on from there saying,
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. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. Rom 1:21-23 NIV
With these verses Paul looks back from his time to describe what history had demonstrated up to the first century. That is: the truth of God was laid out before men in the creation; Men recognized the truth but chose to explain it away; They used human wisdom to “prove” that what was true about God was not true; Then they made up their own traditions and gods and mythological stories.
We think we have advanced beyond the ways of ancient man. Really, we are only repeating the same mistakes dressed up in new clothes. Creation still shows us God’s invisible qualities; Men can recognize those qualities but have chosen to explain them away using the enlightened ideas of humanism. We are not propagating idolatry after the old fashion. Instead of making gods out of wood and gold we are elevating our own race to godhood. We declare that we are gods in process become ever more enlightened.
And so just like the ancients we profess ourselves to be wise and become fools.