Garamond – People probably avoid these passages for the same reason I do, they aren’t pleasant. It lays everything out and nobody could argue with it if they wanted to.
Romans 1:18-20, “18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For 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.”
Some people say that everything changed when God sent Jesus to save us. This thinking has caused us to forget that it is not within God’s nature to change. Jesus was the first, last, and only sacrifice we would ever need to be made right by God. He died at Passover, the celebration that the Israelites were spared from the death sentence of the first born as the final plague of Egypt. Without that blood, there would be no Israelites today to speak of. In the sacrificial system, the innocent blood of the lamb covered the guilty man’s sin temporarily. Our Lamb is Christ Jesus and his innocent blood covers our sins permanently. Even in the Old Testament, following the sacrificial system did not prevent invasion and destruction. God’s wrath was and still is comming. His Holiness and Righteousness have not changed. These verses show us that we have no excuse because God uses His eternal power and divine nature to testify on his behalf.
Romans 1:21-23, “21For 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. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.”
They – the wicked men – knew God. We’d call it a head knowledge, but that won’t save you. It’s not enough to know God. You can know God, but without faith He is only another idol on the shelf. Faithlessness leads to sin, sin leads to foolishness, foolishness leads to idolatry and things just go downhill.