18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,
23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.
What about those who have no way of knowing the truth about God? This is a common question debated in small groups and Bible studies. This question is often brought up by the idea that there are people somewhere in the world who have no evidence for or knowledge of God at all. The point that is debated with this question is if those people have an excuse before God for not coming to a saving faith in Christ.
However, the Bible is clear that no one comes to the Father except through Jesus (John 14:6). Further, according to this passage, no one truly can say they were given no evidence for God. According to Paul, the creation itself testifies to the truth about God. This passage makes it clear that anyone who has observed God’s creation is without excuse and has been given evidence of Him.
The reality is that mankind has suppressed this truth, desiring to go their own way apart from God. The world has found its own version of wisdom, which is actually extreme foolishness. All people apart from Christ have exchanged the truth about God for a lie and chosen to value the creation itself over the Creator.
When we are prone to debate over who is with or without excuse, we should remember Paul’s words: no one. This should give us a sense of urgency to go and tell everyone we can the good news of Jesus, pointing to great evidence for a Creator who is found in the creation itself.
• Where are you tempted to give priority to created things over the Creator God?
• What are some effects that you see in the world of people worshipping created things over the Creator?
• Pray and confess the way you have valued created things over God. Pray for an urgency to share with others the truth of the gospel.