Theology pt. 6 ***continued thought

Posted: 2009/02/22 in theology
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i’ve been thinking theoretically about my last post, how we as humanity may display the innate knowledge of God and His wrath.  after i have made my point biblically i can’t help but think how this might have or is currently playing out in human history.   

simply i believe this point is played out in humanities passion for defining the spiritual world.  the truth is, everybody believes something.  even the atheist viewpoint of nothing is a belief against something…it a spiritual stance.  we as humans find it necessary to define what we believe even if that belief is nothing.  is that too confusing?  hope not!

i took a Living World Religions class at a secular college in which the teacher was not a believer in Christ.  during the midst of the class i found it VERY interesting that from the beginning of recorded history every people group that has ever been discovered has defined the “spiritual” to the best of their ability.  that’s crazy if you think about it.  no one needs prompting to think about the spiritual side of this world…it just happens.  

i have never met a spiritually apathetic person.  i have met overwhelmed people but not someone who just doesn’t give a damn.  people are quick to make their judgements about how the world came to existence, if their is a supernatural force that oversees ‘creation,’ if their is a supernatural force what is he/she like, and what happens to us after we die.  even agnostics answer this question in their stance of unknowing/unable to be known. 

isn’t that the premiss of my point backed by Romans 1:18-32…that God has created all creation (including all humans) with a deep understanding of His divine nature and eternal power and also with a deep understanding that if you break His decree you deserve death?  through sin we suppress this truth that was instilled in us at birth.  this truth is hidden under the core of our fallen nature and we do our best to answer the questions that burn our souls in our unrighteousness.  until God reveals the truth of himself to us we (as humanity) will continue to flail in our drowning and grasp on to anything that makes sense to us.  without God superimposing on us His righteousness…we will never fully know the complexity of God or the simplicity of His grace.  

to what purpose did God instill in us this deep understanding of His eternal power and divine nature and His wrath against sin…”So they (creation) are without excuse.”  

what’s our response to this understanding (in our unrighteousness)…what does our suppression look like: “For although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.” Romans 1:21-22

 

i beg us to pray that God would depressurize the suppression that we have on His truth…that we would become wise in our understanding and be molded into the likeness of His Son.  i pray that we pray the same prayer for those we share the gospel to.  we all have the same disease…it all takes the same remedy.

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