A Few Thoughts from Romans
Chapter 1 – The Scriptures teach that God has placed eternity in the heart of each person (Ecclesiastes 3:11). The ramifications of this may not be clearly understood, but as one looks at this chapter in Romans, there is an understanding that what can be known about God – apart from revelation – can be seen and, to some degree, understood from creation. If man had nothing else to go upon, he has this to consider: can something come from nothing? Since this is a logical and scientific impossibility (cf. Hebrews 11:3), why is it that he chooses to reject God? The answer also lies with the words of this chapter (1:21-23). More than this, however, there is also the importance of understanding that God created man in His own image; that is, He created him as a moral being with free will and with a spirit (Genesis 1:26-27). If you couple that with Ecclesiastes 3:11, what man can know (does know) is that there is a God and He will call people to account for the life each of us lived. Atheism, agnosticism, and any other “ism” that one accepts has to be taught to believe – it’s not natural. Can we see why there is a need to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ?