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GOD, TRUTH, SIN
The gospel is good news!
to understand the good news, we must hear the bad news first, and accept it!
V18) "The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness."
to "suppress" means -
V19) "Because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them."
(NIV) "Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because He has made it plain to them."
V20) "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so they are without excuse."
God's attributes that are clearly seen:
-He is God!
-He is the creator!
Psalm 14:1, The fool says in his (or her) heart, "There is NO God!"
V21) "Because although they knew God, they did not glorify Him (or worship Him) as God, nor were thankful."
The simplest way to know God is worship Him and give Him thanks!
The simplest way to push God away is to not worship Him and not give Him thanks!
V23) "and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image like corruptible man--and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things."
V25) "who exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen!"
We can try to make God into our image and according to our likeness... (Genesis 1:26-27)
We can begin to worship the "things," rather than the One who gave us the things!
V28) "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to those things which are not fitting..."
(NLT) "Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, He abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do the things that should never be done."
(Message Bible) "Since they did not bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose!
-Is the slippery slope God's fault, or is it mankind's own doing?
Is God's wrath is justified or unjustified?
The slippery slope is NOT the end of the story!!!
Jesus CHRIST came to save us from the slippery slope!