Oh how we all love excuses. God doesn’t love excuses and we don’t have any. The Apostle Paul knew that at his core. We should as well.
And if anyone thought he had some, Paul probably did. He was raised as a very good religious person. He did all the right things. But one day Jesus confronted him.
None of it mattered. Jesus brilliance blinded him. Why was Paul persecuting Jesus? That was the question. Silence. No EXCUSE. And then God healed him.
No excuses. Period. End of story. We all need to see that we are falling short of God’s goal for our life. We all need to accept Jesus and follow what He wants, His goal.
God is God. He can’t be trivialized. He must be worshiped. There is no excuse for not bowing down to our creator.
18 For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth, 19 since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, that is, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what he has made. As a result, people are without excuse. Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Romans 1:18–20). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
The picture Paul paints here is an ugly one. I confess that there are some neighborhoods that I dislike driving through, and I avoid them if I can. My avoiding them does not change them or eliminate them. God’s description of sinners is not a pretty one, but we cannot avoid it. This section does not teach evolution (that man started low and climbed high), but devolution: he started high and, because of sin, sank lower than the beasts. Four stages mark man’s tragic devolution.
Human history began with man knowing God. Human history is not the story of a beast that worshiped idols, and then evolved into a man worshiping one God. Human history is just the opposite: man began knowing God, but turned from the truth and rejected God.
God revealed Himself to man through creation, the things that He made. From the world around him, man knew that there was a God who had the wisdom to plan and the power to create. Man realized too that this Creator was eternal … “His eternal power and Godhead” (Rom. 1:20), since God could not be created if He is the Creator.
These facts about God are not hidden in creation; they are “clearly seen” (Rom. 1:20). “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork” (Ps. 19:1).
The word translated “hold” in Rom. 1:18 can also be translated “hold down, suppress.” Men knew the truth about God, but they did not allow this truth to work in their lives. They suppressed it in order that they might live their own lives and not be convicted by God’s truth. The result, of course, was refusing the truth (Rom. 1:21–22), and then turning the truth into a lie (Rom. 1:25).
Finally, man so abandoned the truth that he became like a beast in his thinking and in his living.