“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 men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.” (Reference: Romans 1:19-23 )
When I first read these verses I briefly thought about doing another post with pictures/images, but then I thought again and decided maybe images might not be a good thing just in case someone “exchanged” it for “the glory of the immortal God.” Don’t want to lead anyone “into temptation.”
I also consulted with Albert Barnes; but while he had good things to say, it did not help or inspire me as to what to post. “God’s invisible qualities . . . have been clearly seen”? Maybe it come out less confusing when written in Greek! I mean, I know what it means on the surface of the things – that the evidenced of God’s nature can be seen in, well, nature! And in creation, and in life, and in just everything around us. And people can see that, because it is there! And there is no excuse for not realizing that there is a Divine Power behind the world we live in! What there isn’t is a nice elegant way to sum up all that without depending on you, beloved, reading this with the same emphasis and vigor that I wrote it with!
Everything, but everything that is been promoted and put in place of God has created by God or has its existence by virtue of God’s creative power. So what sense does it make to substitute for God a thing that comes from God. Why not give worship and bring glory to the Original?!
I getting incensed by this, so no wonder the writer of Romans got off track of linear logical reasoning!
When it comes right down to it, beloved, humanity knows its God. It just that humanity sometimes puts in a whole lot of energy trying to deny God – which by the way (the energy) is from God! My plea to you beloved is to just simply let God be your God, in all the Divine’s glory! Selah!