Sunday, May 18, 2008
Why man is without excuse
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. Romans 1:19-20
I do not truly believe people when they tell me that they've never had an encounter with God. I think it may be obscure. I think they may have dismissed the moment. I simply know that God does manifest Himself to everyone at one time or another.
There are two reasons man is without excuse before God. One is because the record of nature is clearly seen. The other is man's conscience. The conscience of man tells him when he's doing the things that are right or wrong. We feel a sense of accomplishment when we do well. We feel a gnawing feeling when we do wrong. We have an inner barometer that tells us that we are guilty when we lie, cheat, steal, or practice deviant sex until our conscience is hardened and we no longer feel those same feelings. We also sense good when we give to others sacrificially and help someone less fortunate. That is the conscience. We judge with the conscience. The people that we look at and declare are evil are fixed in our minds that way because of the way we judge by our own standard of right and wrong. The people we esteem are also judged by us to be good and honorable. Jesus said that you would be judged by His Word in accordance with what you knew to be right.