The Deserved Anger of God
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. 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. (Romans 1:18-23)
God does get angry. The Greek word orgē refers to “the temper of God towards sin, not rage, but the wrath of reason and law (Shedd).” His anger is justified because of the ungodliness of mankind (living as though God does not exist), and because of the unrighteousness of man (the failure to live according to God’s righteous standards). Worst of all, mankind is very busy suppressing the truth of God, sort of like standing on a manhole cover, refusing to let anything out. Mankind refuses to allow God’s truth to be exposed or believed.
The evidence for God’s existence is overwhelmingly clear (Psalm 19:1-6). His eternal nature is obvious in the fact that whoever created time must exist outside of time. His all-powerful nature is known by guesstimating the immense power that must be inherent in someone who created everything, and also maintains it. Even some of God’s personal characteristics can be deduced by simply observing what He has made. For example: His faithfulness is on display in phenomena like the consistent rotation of the earth on its axis and rotation around the sun. If either were to vary even in the slightest degree, human life on earth would be impossible. At the very least, every single human being can know that God is eternally powerful and that He exists.
Even though mankind knows these things, they are not universally willing to acknowledge God or be thankful to Him for all that He is and does. Instead, man’s thinking has become void of wisdom, and human hearts have become blackened by sin.
Rather than admitting that we were created and that we owe our entire existence and allegiance to God, man has believed himself to be the author of wisdom. This pride has only deepened our foolishness. After all, there is nothing worse than a fool who doesn’t realize he is one.
Mankind’s folly has mangled the glorious image of God and exchanged it for the ingloriousness of man and animals. This has become literally true in the past 150 years, as we have traded God as the author of life for a random, unproven hypothesis called evolution.
For Further Review
1. What is God’s wrath directed against? Why is this wrath more than justified?
2. Looking at the world and universe in which we live, what evidence can you find for a Creator, an eternally existent Deity to whom we are accountable?
3. Using your Bible and a concordance, look up the word “fool” or “foolishness” in the scriptures. Cite at least three characteristics of a fool, according to God’s Word.
4. In your own life, how have you suppressed the truth of God? Take time right now to ask Him to strengthen your heart to love Him more.
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