Friday, July 3, 2015 4:51 AM

Disbelief is an Act of Rebellion Against Common Sense

Friday, July 3, 2015 4:51 AM
Friday, July 3, 2015 4:51 AM

The following verses are some of the most revealing verses in the Bible. It is not only what they reveal, but how it is so relevant today. There is nothing new in the new age. Since the beginning of time, God has made Himself known to man and man has clearly seen God’s righteousness and rebelled. Today as we look around, evolutionists demean Christians as mere fools. It seems that the unbelieving world has also been doing this since the beginning of time in one way or the other.

 Romans1.18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For 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.

21For 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.

 The wrath of God is being revealed against every sort of “godlessness and wickedness.” C. Hodge takes these two terms to mean impiety toward God and unjustness toward humanity. Lack of respect for God leads to a lack of justice for people. History demonstrates that nations which forsake God lose their concern for the rights of the individual. To forsake God is to forsake his creatures. As a national policy, atheism grinds its people under the collective heel of “what’s best for society.”[1]

 R. H. Mounce states that in verse 20 the Apostle Paul explains that certain invisible attributes of God have been clearly perceived since the world began, specifically, his “eternal power and divine nature.”8 They are understood from what has been made. The NEB says they are “visible … to the eye of reason.” God has revealed himself in nature in such a way as to hold all people responsible.10 They are “without excuse.” Seeing the beauty and complexity of creation carries with it the responsibility of acknowledging the Creator both as powerful and as living above the natural order. Disbelief requires an act of rebellion against common sense. It displays fallen humanity’s fatal bias against God. Although the created order cannot force a person to believe, it does leave the recipient responsible for not believing.[2]



[1] Mounce, R. H. (2001). Vol. 27: Romans (electronic ed.). Logos Library System; The New American Commentary (77). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[2] Mounce, R. H. (2001). Vol. 27: Romans (electronic ed.). Logos Library System; The New American Commentary (78). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

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