What Did Men and Women Do That Made God So Angry?
First, men and women have turned their backs on God and suppressed His truth.
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. (Romans 1:18-19)
God is angry because men and women have taken his truths and exchanged them for lies. Even worse, they are suppressing the truth, hiding it from others.
There are those who set out to disprove and discredit the reality of Jesus Christ. Each generation seems to have a spokesperson ranting against Jesus, His principles, and His plan of salvation.
Voltaire was a well-known 18th-century French philosopher who attempted to destroy the veracity of Christianity. After he died, his house became a Bible-printing factory.
Madalyn Murray O'Hair was an infamous American atheist who founded the American Atheist Society and served as its president until 1986. She was a self-proclaimed atheist who died and whose body was never found. Many conjecture that she was kidnapped, murdered, and dismembered.
Richard Dawkins in his book “The God Delusion” contends that a supernatural creator, God, does not exist, and that belief in a personal god is a delusion.
In the Bible, God considers men and women such as Dawkins to be wicked. Why? Because it’s a dastardly thing to destroy a person’s hope. Memories are strong, but hope is stronger. You can live without memories, but you can’t live without hope.
For 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. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for godless, worthless” claims. (Romans 1:21-22)
Second, God is angry with the ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.
The ungodliness of men means living as if God didn’t exist. Mankind has not turned out to look anything like Jesus intended!
The unrighteousness of men means ignoring the will, law, and plans of God. Know that He is deeply offended by the behaviors of those that He has created.
Third, God is angry because He sent men and women both internal and external proofs of His existence, and humankind has rejected them both.
One proof of God’s existence comes from nature. For example, the stars in the night sky give testimony that there is a God who designed and created the universe. It did not come along by chance.
In addition, God has placed within the heart of everyone a moral imperative that He exists. This inner witness relates to our conscience. Everyone has an inner sense of what’s wrong and what’s right. This inner sense comes from God.
What may be known about God is plain to them, … For 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. (Romans 1:19-20)
A Puritan truth: “God has left large footprints throughout His creation.”
Given the evidence He has provided, there is no excuse for not believing in God.
God Gives Humankind Over to Their Own Devices
The wrath of God occurs when God abandons men and women and leaves them to their own devices.
The key truth here is “God gave them over.”
Romans 1:24 says, “God gave them over to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.”
Romans 1:26 declares, “God gave them over to shameful lusts.”
Romans 1:28 continues, “God gave them over to a depraved mind to do what ought not to be done.”
“God gave them over.” This phrase resounds like the final three nails being driven into the coffin of mankind.
Notice that three times in this passage comes the sweeping announcement that humankind has been abandoned by the Creator God. This is the wrath of God. The essence of God’s wrath is when He’s no longer around.
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