For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
Eternal power and divine nature are invisible things. They cannot be seen, but they can be known just like wind, gravity, and aroma. Yet, these invisible things are exactly what the unbelieving set of people use as an excuse for not knowing God. And it’s ironic to me that the Bible says they will make up excuses for not knowing him, and they do!
Romans 1 goes on to describe exactly how people who reject God become wise in their own eyes, and it just so happens to be a 100% accurate prediction of modern society as well.
...And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. 26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved. 28 Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. 29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. 30 They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. 31 They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. 32 They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.
The most striking phrase here is: Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too. It’s going to get harder and harder to find people who worship the One True Living God because God’s righteous living requirements are not what is being encouraged, endorsed, or even tolerated.
Jesus spent his whole ministry giving us fair warning, I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33). So, I’m not surprised by what’s going on in the world, but I really just marvel at the fact that just as everything predicted in the Old Testament came true in the New Testament -- now everything in the New Testament is coming true right before our very eyes!
Thank you that your invisible qualities have visible proof and that I don’t have to lie to myself and that I can embrace you instead of reject you. I thank you that your Son has overcome all sin and I am not forced to be counted with the sinners anymore, and it is in his name I thank you and pray, amen.