Being Without Excuse – Romans 1:18-20

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For 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 people are without excuse.

Romans 1:18-20 NIV

The more I study the creation the more in awe I am of the Creator. I cannot peer into a single living cell and not be impressed with its complexity. Standing atop a mountain and surveying the grandeur around me invariably causes my spirit to soar. Whether the complexity of the smallest, or the grandeur of the largest I give praise to the creator.

I have tried hard to imagine all of this coming to be apart from a creator; but have failed miserably. It all screams ‘creator’ to me. And, according to Paul, the creation delivers that same message to all people. In the passage above Paul claims that God’s power and divine nature are clearly seen in the creation itself. And history seems to verify that. Few cultures in the known history of humanity have looked into the heavens, or to the world around them, and failed to see someone(s) who was responsible for it all.

Is it Possible that the Creation Is Without a Creator?

At least until relatively recent times that is. But now, more and more people imagine all of this coming to be apart from a creator; that it is just a fortuitous happenstance. And the signature of the creator in his creation is ignored or ridiculed as something seen only by the weak or fools. But Paul gives us a different reason; they are without excuse because they have chosen to suppress the truth that is so clearly made known by the creator, because of their own condition.

I don’t believe that most atheists are any more wicked than many who claim the name of Christ. But admitting there is a creator makes one answerable to that creator. The easiest way to not be answerable to him is to deny his existence. If there is no creator, then I am ultimately not answerable to anyone.

But someday we all will stand before our creator to give answer to him. And responding to him with “I never heard of you” will not be acceptable. The creator has clearly revealed himself to humanity, and so we are without excuse when we come before him.

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