Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Romans 1:18-32

Romans 1:18-32

In this scripture Paul gives us his opinion on the moral state of Rome's non-Christian population - and he doesn't have anything good to say

Paul says that God is building up anger for those who choose to disregard him and says that there is no excuse for not knowing God other than wickedness - that disbelief is therefore a choice!

I think I'd disagree with him on that point.

He also says that God is displeased by the worship of "created things" as opposed to the creator (i.e. himself)

In this scripture Paul is clearly presuming to speak on God's behalf!

He then mentions homosexuality - both man on man and woman on woman - and does so in a very negative, disapproving light

He then goes on and lists lots of negative things he has to say about those who are not Christians.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, I agree that this is a very negative picture. It seems that we can get a wrong perspective if we only take a portion of a book and forget the light in which it is cast as your read the whole of the book.

    Romans is a compendium on salvation. If I read these versus and forget Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" - it would be easy just to concentrate on a particular aspect of wrongdoing when in reality we are all lumped into the same lump... sinner.

    Likewise, if we read these verses and forget Romans 6:23 "The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord"... then we would not take into account that the list of people given in Chapter 1 would include them.

    So realizing that the gift is for all who are in the same lump of sinners, let's look at the difference of what he is talking about IMV:

    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.

    It would appear to me that he is talking about the end times as well as the "type of people" he is talking about using these words:

    "haters of God... ...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."

    So the specifics is not those who just do these things because much of the list is committed by all people but rather those "Who know the judgement... but hate God... and have pleasure to continue doing what they know is wrong".

    So, in my view, he isn't talking about those who have committed those sins (because will all sin) but rather those who willfully hate God knowing it is wrong and simply don't care anymore.

    God simply reaches a point "Armageddon" when those who are willfully shaking their fists at Him reach their conclusion.

    I do hope I was clear...