God will judge all unrighteousness whether we like it or not
Many people think they can simply deny the existence of God and his laws and get away with it. While we are free to believe what we like, our beliefs have consequences, no matter how sincerely held. Unbelief in God, and ignorance of his Word have consequences in this life and the life hereafter. The Holy Scriptures (the Bible), reveal God’s moral code by which we should live. The Bible distinguishes between right and wrong and warns of the dire consequences of wrong living. Ignorance of God’s standards for right living is not bliss – just as ignorance of human laws can cost us dearly.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
People are not ignorant of the existence of God
Romans chapter 1 is one of the most insightful passages of Scripture in the Bible. It reveals a key concept: Rather than being ignorant of the existence of God, people push the inconvenient truth of God’s existence away from them.
The invisible attributes of God are clearly seen through what has been created
But how has God revealed His existence? By what He has created. It should be self-evident that everything around us did not come into existence by itself. Everything in the realm of nature, including animal and human life, was created by an Almighty intelligent being called God (Jehovah).
The Theory of Evolution is a lie that cannot be proven
Nothing exists that was not created, and today the fact of ongoing creation is still self-evident. Kind reproduces after it’s own kind and there is no evidence of what is falsely asserted in the Theory of Evolution. The concept of Evolution is correctly described as a theory because that is precisely what it is – a theory rather than scientific fact.
No one in history has ever witnessed a cow giving birth to an elephant, a dog to a cat, or a monkey to a human.
The greatest problem for Satan is that it is very difficult to explain away the power and majesty of the universe, the wonderous beauty of the earth and everything on it, and the miracle of human life and all other life forms that exist today. So the only way to contradict what is self-evident (that there is a God who created all things), is to lie about how everything came into existence.
Because Satan cannot create as He has seen god create, it is more plausible to suggest that everything created itself! Or is it? Rather than being plausible, it is a rather ridiculous theory.
The theory of evolution does not even work on a human level. Everything that we benefit from today in society has been CREATED BY CREATIVE, INTELLIGENT HUMAN BEINGS. Because man is created in the image of god, we have creative ability, albeit on a smaller scale than God’s creative genius and power.
In our pride and arrogance we refuse to give honour where it is due
It is rather amusing that we refuse to credit God as the Creator of all things, yet are quick to take credit for our creative endeavours. We get very upset when someone else tries to take credit for our creations because we are proud of our achievements. Yet we refuse to attribute to god what should rightly be attributed to Him. How ironic!
We even build monuments to men while refusing to acknowledge God’s mighty power and creative genius in what we see all around us. And in so doing we suppress the truth of the existence of God through unrighteousness.
What does it mean to be unrighteous?
But what is unrighteousness? Simply put, it is the opposite of what is right; it is UNRIGHT because all unrighteousness contradicts the Scriptures and God’s laws. And Satan is the instigator of unrighteousness and lawlessness. Unrighteousness is therefore everything that contradicts what is revealed by God to man in the Scriptures. This is why the Bible states “Let God alone be true and every man a liar.”
God’s word, laws and instructions to us are true and right from God’s point of view
The Scriptures have been written under inspiration of the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit), to instruct us in righteousness. And righteousness can best be described as right living from a moral point of view.
It should also be obvious that lawlessness, rebellion, and what the Bible describes as unrighteous behaviour or thinking, is counter- productive to society as a while. It cannot be true that we are free to live unrestrained lives and do as we please just because we feel like it! I am not free to murder someone and think that there will be no consequences for my actions. Such lawless, irresponsible actions take their toll on society as a whole, hence the need for legal process which acts as a deterrent.
Those who refuse to acknowledge the existence of God are fools
Romans 1:22 reveals how foolish people can be. Professing to we wise, they become fools. Instead of acknowledging the existence of God, and giving Him credit for creation, they push The Truth away from them. Rather than acknowledging what is self-evident (that creation bears witness to the existence of God), they think it easier to turn a blind eye to the inescapable truth.
The result of this foolish behaviour is that God gives them over to what they lust after; the fruits of unrighteous living, and to the consequences of a depraved mind.
What are the fruits of unrighteousness?
These “fruits” or by-products of an unrighteous mindset or lifestyle are:
- Sexual immorality
- Covetousness (wanting what does not belong to us)
- Disobedience to parents
- Undescerning (not knowing the difference between right and wrong)
What are the consequences of rejecting God and His Truth?
Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.