Changed The Truth of God Into A Lie
Pr Edi Giudetti
18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 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: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified himnot as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. AmenRomans 1:18-25
Verse 16 begins saying, For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for itFOR WHAT? (THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST) is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that beleiveth, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. V17 For therein WHEREIN?(THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, THROUGH THE POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION) is the righteousness of God revealed,BY WHAT MEANSIS IT REVEALED? from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
God has a clear and direct interest in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and demonstrates his power through the sharing of it by faith to all who believe. The end of which is the salvation from damnation of the sinner.
IT IS THE ETERNAL WIN, WIN, WIN and I do not believe anyone wins more than God does when a single sinner repents, For the Son of man came to seek and to save that which is lost (Luke 19:10). It is his own purpose fulfilled!
Before he rose to heaven, Jesus said, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (Mrk 16:15-16)
Believing that God came into this world as a man, as it was promised long before, God was manifest in the flesh,and that this Jesus gave himself as a ransom for many, a ransom for your own sin, will be what saves you from judgement!
The Bible says;
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.(Rom 3:10-12)
If you believe in your heart that Jesus died to save you from the consequences of that, you are saved.
But if you do not believe the Gospel, you will have to face that judgement for your own sins, and like the devils for whom hell was created, be cast into it for all eternity.
Brethren, the idea that our good will outweigh our bad is false in every way, it does not work in this life and nor will it before God.
In this life, the prerequisite for freedom is to keep the law, no man who is caught breaking the law will have their “Good” measured against their bad! They simply must pay the cost of breaking the law, why?
Because keeping the law is the Minimum requirement for your continual residence within society. Keeping the Law is the prerequisite, disobedience will see you separated from the joys of society and freedom.What is true of this life is true of the next.
The reason we are not ashamed of The Gospel of Christ, is because breaking Gods eternal commandments in this life has an eternal cost and only God the Son covered that cost for all who believe.
THE SECOND REVELATION OF GOD
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.
First we had the righteousness of God revealed through the Gospel and now we have the WRATH of God …revealed from heaven and it is against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who hold the truth in unrighteousness.
The WRATH of God refers to his fierce anger and great Indignation, its revelation is unveiled against the wicked, more specifically, all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.
The word WRATH appears just over 200 times in the bible and each time (in the first 50) it relates to either a kindling of intent to punishOR refers to the actual punishmentitself.
And we will note that it is revealed from heaven and it is against all … who hold the truth in unrighteousness.
Truth is to be held up, it is to be esteemed, sought out, trusted and believed, it is never to be denied but always to be exalted and relied upon.
Never is man to believe a lie, lies are of the devil, he is a liar and the father of it (John 8:44), and no lie is of the truth (1 John 2:21) , God is the God of truth (Deut 32:4), and Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (Jn 14:6)
But to HOLD the TRUTH in unrighteousness, is to have it placed in direct opposition to its true setting and is the evident picture of all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.
Truth today is rejected, Truth is no longer absolute, but relative. This is the exact opposite of its proper placement in reality. As a result, those who hold to Truth and desire to stand upon it as their sure foundation, are seen as arrogant, ignorant, biased and even bigots.
In today’s world,you cannot proclaim that there is a single truth that applies to all people at all times, especially that relating to life eternal; in the minds of an unrighteous world there is no single truth to which all mankind is held to account, why?
Because every man desires to do that which is right in his own eyes.
No singular truth; today you need to have a pluralist viewof existence, no matter how counter intuitive or contradictory. As long as no man holds to any absolutes and all absolutes are considered as relative, we will all get along just fine. We need to “agree to disagree” on EVERYTHING.
Relative:= whatever is true relative to you. “That’s true for you but not for me”. Personal preference, Like Icecream.
Even the binary reality of male and female is questioned today.
In November last year, 2018, The National Party senator Barry O’Sullivan declared himself a woman so he could have the “Right” to speak out against abortion in this country. The greens and others on the left would not give him the right to speak on the topic because he was a man, so, in direct accordance with their own ‘gender fluid ideologies’, Senator O’Sullivan declared himself a woman.
Maria read a court article to me the other evening telling of a man who believed he should not be held accountable to the Taxation laws of our country because he did not consider himself a person!
When a lie is declared TO BE TRUE, and the truth becomes a lie, then the truth is held in unrighteousness.
Then, When a lie is declared true, its effect is deception. And both the deceiver and the deceived fall into the ditch. Both the deceiver and the deceived are affected by it.
It’s interesting to note that just before the final and most severe outpouring of Gods wrath in what is known as ‘the day of vengeance’ and many other phrases, the world will be filled with deception.
When Jesus is asked about the last days he replies in each account, “Be not deceived”.
ACCOUNTABLE TO SEE WHAT IS PLAIN
The Next portion goes into the reasons and defense of Gods wrath, it lays out in perfect clarity the total ruin of manand the justification of Gods wrath.
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed itunto them.
It is abundantly clear in the text that man is held to account to know God because all that which may be known of God is manifest, that is, made evident, revealed, in them; and then the passage tells us how it is revealed, ‘for God hath shewed it unto them’.
The Gospel of John 1:9 speaking of Jesus says, 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
This passage reveals to us how that which may be known of God is manifest in them. The Lord himself is the light that lights every man that comes into the world. Within all of mankind we have here indicated, there is an illuminating work already present for man to know God.
This is wonderful to know, because this shows to us mans accountability, it is one of the underlying reasons the Psalmist writes “The FOOL hath said in his heart there is no God” (Ps 14:1).
I have shared this before, but it is well suited to share it again in this portion of the text in order to prove to you that that which may be known of God is manifest in them, ALL MANKIND INATELY KNOWS GOD EXISTS and what they know concerning God is reveled by the greatest single argument against his existence, an argument that has persisted throughout history; what is that argument?
It usually starts off with; “if God exists…. (Listen to Audio for balance of this short study)
- Immutable (Same yesterday, today and for ever)
The second part:
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
God showed it to us
How has God shown to us those things regarding him?
Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understoodby the things that are made, evenhis eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
We just demonstrated that his eternal power and Godhead is already understood, being ‘manifest in them’ through the single greatest argument used to deny his existence.
But our text continues the argument in verse 20 related to creation itself;
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understoodby the things that are made
Man is cognizant (Conscious, mindful) of the reality of God through his understanding of all that is created.
All things of God, even the invisible things of God, are clearly seen being understood (See through conscious understanding) about the things that are made.
I recall telling of the account of the Gospel that was shown to me when I was 17yrs Old and hanging out with mates in the main mall in Footscray, just west of the City of Melbourne. The girl was about sixteen years old, the Gospel she told me of was limited, and when I aksed her to prove that God exists she simply said to me, “open your eyes and look around.”
She saw what my willful blindness would not see, that God is seen (Proved) “being understood by the things that are made”
Those who are in the sciences, molecular Biology, physics, astrology, Geology, anthropology, even doctors, nurses, farmers, zoo keepers etc have NO EXCUSE not to see God’s handiwork. His fingerprints are all through his creation.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3 There isno speech nor language,wheretheir voice is not heard.
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
In 1907 the basic structure of the Atom was discovered, not by sight but by observation. Until that time the Atom was believed to be like a solid ball, but in 1907, thanks to the observation of Ernest Rutherford it was discovered to have contents with sub Atomic particles such as the Atoms nucleolus and electrons.
Three things worthy of note;
- Atoms are not visible to the naked eye. Nor are they visible through a standard light microscope, they can only be identified by the effect they have on an instrument known as a Scanning Tunneling Microscope. (not a normal micro scope).
- Electrons are not possible to ever be seen. Everything we see is a reflection of light photons bouncing off from an object, this helps us to make out the object. Consider a house, and imagine for a moment that light photons where the size of tennis balls. Now imagine those tennis balls, millions and millions of them, so many that cover every aspect and detail of the house, hitting the house and bouncing off from it continuously. That bounce of the marbles helps you make out the shape and style and some detail of the house. In a similar way light photons hit everything you see. There Bounce back to us is called a Reflection.
- The problem with electrons is that it is a much smaller particle than a single light photon, and it gets moved about by the photon making it impossible to see its shape. (Consider the tennis ball [image of the Light Photon] and it hits a much smaller object, such as a marble, because the object it hits is so much smaller than the single tennis ball, the tennis ball disrupts and moves the marble, making it impossible to make out its shape) Heisenberg uncertainty principle
- It unlikely we will never see an electron, but we know it and can identify it by its effects.
- The electrons are the outside of the atom, the nucleus the center. The outer dimension of the atom is 100,000 times larger than its nucleus.
Everything is made from Atoms that are not seen, therefore; Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
All we need do is look around and open our eyes and the reality of God is ever present and clear and man is indeed without excuse.
But there is an effect that happens to us when we will not believe that which is plain to see, that for which we have no excuse; Romans 1:21
THE EFFECT OF REJECTING THAT WHICH IS PLAIN
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified himnot as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
The Bible here indicates that there was a point at which all people knew God is, whether they recall it or not, but in rejecting what is plain to see, they glorified himnot as God, neither were thankful
(Quote from the wild imaginations of man)
A radio response to Greg Koukl KFI Las Angeles
Re a believer calling in who was a believer in the Big Bang.
Greg Koukl was making the point that the Big Bang works in our favor because if there was a beginning to the Universe there had to be a beginner, a material something cannot come our of nothing.
The caller responded
“Well I don’t think it is favorable because you could start with a base of nothing, and you could say that there was nothing but an infinite universe and a continues moment, and eventually a tiny insignificant thing happened, a point happened in the nothingness and the point expanded which is extremely simple it requires no intelligence so no intelligent God had to intervene, all we needed is a tiny imperfection in the perfect nothingness and that imperfection expanded and became variegated and increasingly complex and soon you had galaxies and planets etc One could say A point happens in the nothingness”
but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
That is what we recognize as one of the most characteristic effects of unbelief in the fool; they profess themselves as wise.
The New Atheists. Men which include the likes of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, the late Christopher Hitchens, actually refer to themselves as “Brights”.
If you have read any of their material what you find most plain to see is that they are actually fools. Their arguments are nothing new and have long ago been refuted, but they simply can’t stop repeating long ago lost rejections of God.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools and think all those who see God realized in creation, as fools.
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
The perfect picture of this occurring in history cannot be displayed any better than ancient Egypt who changed the Glory of the uncorruptible God into an image like to corruptible Man. Pharaoh was worshipped as a god.
and to birds,
The eagle and the Phoenix (a mythical bird) is the emblem of many nations including Babylon, Egypt and Rome, the USA it seems have the Pheonix not the Eagle (worth taking a closer look). The symbol of a gods noted as part man, part bird is evident in their en=gravings.
and fourfooted beasts
Cows are still held in divine esteem by the Egyptians and the Hindu nation to this day.
What stands put most of all is the Scarab Beetle, commonly known as the Dung Beetle. Today they are worn as ornaments of gold around the neck.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Man was created for worship! In rejecting God, man must come up with an alternative. The alternative turned to most regularly throughout history is Creation itself.
Even that which has no life at all, they desire those very things to save them.
8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.
9 They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed. 10Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing? 11 Behold, all his fellows shall be ashamed: and the workmen, they are of men: let them all be gathered together, let them stand up; yet they shall fear, and they shall be ashamed together. 12The smith with the tongs both worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with the strength of his arms: yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth: he drinketh no water, and is faint. 13 The carpenter stretcheth out his rule; he marketh it out with a line; he fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man; that it may remain in the house. 14 He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it. 15 Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto. 16 He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire: 17 And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god. 18 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand. 19 And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree? 20 He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is therenot a lie in my right hand?
It is the creature that was served in the time of Isaiah, it is the creature served today!
• “The earth is literally our mother, not only because we depend on her for nurture and shelter but even more because the human species has been shaped by her in the womb of evolution. Our salvation depends upon our ability to create a religion of nature.”– Rene Dubos, board member Planetary Citizens
REVERSAL OF WORSHIP
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
But there is a frightening side effect when man replaces service to God to worships and serve the creature.
The confused misplacement of adoration from God to nature seems to have the natural effect of hating man!
The more we come to Love God , the more we come to love man, Why? Because man is made in the image of God.
But the more man rejects God as his center of adoration, and replaces his adoration for God with adoration for nature, so too we find a shift in his affection for loving man to hating man.
It is something seen consistently among environmentalists, who give greater honour to a tree than a child. Who fight for the welfare of chickens and yet are all for the indiscriminate killing of children in the womb.
“Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on earth, social and environmental.” –Dave Forman, founder of Earth First
“I suspect that eradicating smallpox was wrong. It played an important part in balancing ecosystems.” –John Davis, editor of the Earth First Journal
Human happiness, and certainly human fecundity, is not as important as wild and healthy planets…Some of us can only hope for the right virus to come along.—David Graber, biologist, National Park Service
“If I were reincarnated I would wish to be returned to earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels.”Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, patron of the World Wildlife Fund
“One America burdens the earth much more than twenty Bangladeshes. This is a terrible thing to say in order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. It is a horrible thing to say, but it’s just as bad not to say it.”Jacques Cousteau, UNESCO Courier
• “A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.”Ted Turner, founder of CNN and major UN donor
• “Childbearing should be a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license. All potential parents should be required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing.”–David Brower, first Executive Director of the Sierra Club
Friends, each of these people are major contributors to Global and economic policy worldwide through organizations like the UN, The Club of Rome, the IPCC etc. We are soon to be experiencing the effects of those policies.
These current Policies and beliefs come from the writings of certain individuals over the last 50 years, notably men such as Professor Paul Ehrlich who said,
“A cancer is an uncontrolled multiplication of cells, the population explosion is an uncontrolled multiplication of people. We must shift our efforts from the treatment of the symptoms to the cutting out of the cancer. The operation will demand many apparently brutal and heartless decisions.”–Prof. Paul Ehrlich, Book ‘The Population Bomb’
The linking of Human beings to that of a virus is repeated time and again by more and more influential individuals such as Sir James Lovelock
“Humans on the Earth behave in some ways like a pathogenic micro-organism, or like the cells of a tumor.”–Sir James Lovelock, Book ‘Healing Gaia’
“The Earth has cancer and the cancer is Man.”–Club of Rome, Mankind at the Turning Point
Ultimately the view can be conservatively summed up by Dr Reed F Noss
The collective needs of non-human species must take precedence over the needs and desires of humans.—Dr. Reed F. Noss, The Wildlands Project
Changed the truth of God into a lie, that lie that has removed God from their knowledge will, in the end, affect man.
Compton’s Encyclopedia, 2015.