Thinking Themselves Wise


Romans 1:20-32

20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things.

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 Without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

 

This is a long passage from the New Testament and not one the “modern church” likes to acknowledge even exists. If you read this passage in most places (without comment or even indicating you believe its message) there is every likelihood you will be driven out of town, if not the state.

Many cite this as being a homophobic diatribe proving that evangelical Christianity is out of touch and reserved only for those with tiny intellects, flat-earthers and so on. However, if you look at the words and the way the sentences are constructed the Apostle Paul is writing about a far deeper subject and his condemnation is not only for those sexually attracted to the same sex.

The chief accusation Paul levels is for the tendency of the nonbeliever to refuse to accept the evidence of their own eyes. Consider the issue of Darwin’s theory of evolution. Because so many wish to distance themselves from the idea of their life being judged by a creator they have grasped this theory with a white-knuckled stranglehold and declared it to be unassailable scientific fact, even though the core of their claim, that mankind evolved and was not created, remains an unproven theory. It is like the mortgage company wishing to foreclose on a house they cannot prove they own because at least one link in the chain of title does not exist. There is more than one link in the supposed evolutionary chain missing. On the other hand, the intricacy and complexity of the universe screams out the evidence of being designed and not just a happy coincidence as the result of an exploding massive black hole.

More than one astrophysicist has remarked on the incredibly delicate balance of the whole as if the entire structure of creation was set just so; a tiny fraction either way and the entire construct collapses. 

When a Christian uses the words of Jesus to make a point the anti-Christian world is now using a new tactic in an effort to sway the argument. The new counterpoint is, “That’s what the Christian Bible says, but it is a misquote.” When asked for the source of the actual quote you are either taken to the Islamic Koran or one of the latter quasi-Christian texts. The problem with both of those is that they post date the writings compiled into the Bible by at least 1200 years. It would make as much sense to rewrite a historical text today and claim that your fiction has more validity than the diaries of those who witness the event.

With regard to Paul’s condemnation of homosexuality we first need to make a point of linguistics. Homophobia, as it is currently used could not be more wrong. The Apostle Paul feared little, and he certainly had no fear of the monosexuals dotting the Roman Empire. As a keen observer of his world he knew that the admonition of “Go forth and multiply” was built into how nature functioned. God is not pleased when what he made malfunctions. The process of procreation is designed to produce offspring. Used improperly it is a sin, regardless of the political situation.

The passage explores more than just that sin. It also deals with idolatry, deceit, rebellion and every other failing afflicting humanity since the dawn of time. The sad part of this is, is that the installed powers of the world and those given the platform to dispense wisdom have failed miserably.

Consider the so-called “reality show” Amish Mafia. Does anyone think the network responsible for that broadcast garbage would have the courage to produce a series on the real abuses of the Islamic religion? If you do, do not waste you time waiting for it. The Amish have a well deserved reputation of not mixing into the affairs of the modern world. They especially do not practice violence. The Muslims, on the other hand will riot and attack innocents at the drop of a hat even it is even suspected they may have been insulted. It is no longer as important to be right as it is to be feared, which is a very sad thing indeed.

Jesus, before he ascended to the throne of heaven admonished his followers to be in the world but not of it. He knew full well the danger of being sucked into the sewer of political agendas. There is a reason why so many Hollywood thrillers, novels, and television shows use the plot device of one truly honest man against a corrupt system. It is because that is the actual ratio in existence right now.

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About robertleebeers

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