Originally posted at http://gephartr.blogspot.com
Or, otherwise could be called “On Toppling the Creator.”
The next part of Romans speaks toward an issue that is rampant in today’s culture. With all of our great knowledge and science, we can prove without a shadow of a doubt that there is no such thing as a Creator. We’ve proven that there are no gods, that nature evolves itself, so there is no need for the Creator God. We know from our science that there is nothing outside of the “creation” (though we wouldn’t call it a creation), and that everything is following the laws of Nature and the Universe and nothing exists outside of it.
“Yes, they knew the Creator, but they wouldn’t worship him as the Creator or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what the Creator was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living Creator, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.” Ro 1:21-23
So, what is the result of our denials.
“So the Creator abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about the Creator for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things the Creator created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. That is why the Creator abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.
Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge the Creator, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. They are backstabbers, haters of the Creator, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.” Ro 1:24-32
Thus, the denial of the Creator is the first sin. Then, this sin continues to spiral out into more and more sins, that become more and more sins. Sin begets sin, and each and every sin that we choose to do carries with it a cost. This cost is outside of the cost of eternal “death.” Even once we are saved, all sin that we commit carries a cost within our lifetimes. But, we choose this cost so that we can continue to deny the Creator and His Laws.
So sin carries a short term cost, and it carries a long term cost. God will judge the living and the dead one day without favoritism and partiality. All will be judged fairly and equally.
“When the Gentiles sin, they will be destroyed, even though they never had the Creator’s written law. And the Jews, who do have the Creator’s law, will be judged by that law when they fail to obey it. For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with the Creator. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight. Even Gentiles, who do not have the Creator’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. They demonstrate that the Creator’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when the Creator, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life.” Ro 2:12-16
So, do not choose to continue in a life of sin and denial. Admit that there is a Creator, and the things that He has done and is doing for each and every one of us. Honor the Creator for what He has done, and do not continue to attribute His works to something or someone else. Do not choose to continue to build our own idols that we worship – even as they did so long ago. Who do we think created the laws of Nature and the Universe? Are these not a part of the Creator’s laws that we all should follow?