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  • The Suppression of Truth

    “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness” (v. 18).
    - Romans 1:18–23

    The Gospel Paul preached is a revelation of the righteousness of God (Romans 1:17). It is a revelation of God Himself, and particularly of His character and justice. Man, made in God’s image, lost his conformity to God’s character and righteousness when he rebelled against God. When God reveals Himself and His righteousness to a sinful man, that man is destroyed by God’s wrath. Now, however, God has revealed His righteousness in such a way that a man may be saved and restored to conformity to God’s character and justice. This righteousness, says Paul, is received by faith.

    In verse 18, Paul begins to expand on the thought that when God reveals himself to sinners, they feel His wrath. His wrath is manifested against the ungodly because they suppress the truth by their wickedness. Translations vary, and some say that the wicked hold the truth in wickedness. This verb hold means “clasp, seize, possess, hold tightly,” and is used positively in places where we are enjoined to hold tightly to the truth of God.

    Here the idea is that all men know the truth and they clasp it, but in such a way as to suppress it. Men are not ignorant of God’s truth. They know God and they know about His righteous character. They know that they hate Him and reject His righteous character; but in order to reject Him, they must know Him. Paul says in verses 19–20 that they know this because (1) God Himself actively makes it known to them, and (2) the creation clearly reveals Him and His truth.

    It is not true that sinners are ignorant of God. Nor is it true that they have forgotten or overlooked Him. It is not true that His revelation is “obscured by sin.” Romans 1:20 says that God’s righteousness is clearly seen. It says that these are “invisible qualities,” which means that all men know things that are invisible, not of this world. It is the goal of all men to suppress this knowledge, however, and that is the purpose of all the religions and philosophies erected by men. They accept some marginal aspects of truth, and absolutize these in order to suppress the most important aspect of truth: God Himself.

    Coram Deo

    Why do we seek to suppress the truth? Why do we seek to keep God from our thinking? Remember this passage when the secular world seeks the moral high ground in terms of “objectivity” and “open-mindedness.” Seek also to see what aspects of God and His law you have tried to suppress.


    Source: The Suppression of Truth | Reformed Bible Studies & Devotionals at Ligonier.org

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    If even the briefest thought is given to the huge complextity of even a single human cell, let alone an organism containing 37,000 billion of them - the idea that that could arise through random processes stretches credulity further than it will go. So why the enthusiastic attempt to discredit Paley's argument? Because we don't want a creator God ruling over us, that's why.


    Why do we seek to suppress the truth? Why do we seek to keep God from our thinking?
    What was the cause of the first sin in the Garden of Eden? Pride, and the desire to be the possessor of knowledge God had reserved to himself. We want to be God's equal, in other words, and we do not want to live under his Lordship.
    Last edited by ThyWordisTruth; 05-27-2017, 03:40 AM.
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    • #3
      I agree -- we want to be our own boss. Satan / the serpent was the deceiver of Eve and then Adam followed. Pretty much the same thing that messed up Lucifer. He wasn't satisfied to be God's right-hand man/ angel. He wanted equality. 'Society' encourages people to 'be yourself' --'if it feels good, do it' -- and if the other person is an adult -- who are 'we' or God or Anyone to say 'no, you shouldn't'.

      There are those who refuse to accept the world of the supernatural -- they 'shake their fist' at the very thought of it existing. Probably because - down deep inside --they know it exists or they wouldn't be 'kicking and screaming' about it Not existing.
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        Your strong belief in religion does not mean you have to be superstitious. Once I went to a mass where the minister was saying that the modern education is just an assumption and it is teaching false ideology. How can science be wrong, what ever science has established are based on years of research. Science is a system of logic and proof. When science says something, it says according to the established norms. science cannot be wrong. Religion is belief but science is proof. You are religious does not mean you have to hide truth.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by luri View Post
          Your strong belief in religion does not mean you have to be superstitious. Once I went to a mass where the minister was saying that the modern education is just an assumption and it is teaching false ideology. How can science be wrong, what ever science has established are based on years of research. Science is a system of logic and proof. When science says something, it says according to the established norms. science cannot be wrong. Religion is belief but science is proof. You are religious does not mean you have to hide truth.
          Science does not deal in proof; it deals in falsifiable theories. If ever there was a theory which seemed to be established beyond all reasonable doubt, it was Newtonian Mechanics. It was believed to be true, and is still used, because, under most circumstances. it allowed extraordinarily accurate predictions to be made. Nevertheless, since the early twentieth century, it has been known for a fact that we do not live in a Newtonian universe, and, as a dscription of the universe, Newtonian Mechanics is wrong. In a thousand years from now, people might be looking back upon our current scientific theories, and seeing in them a superstitious attempt by uneducated peasants to make sense of their world.

          In any case, for some of us the authority of God trumps that of science. You can call that superstitious if you want.
          Last edited by ThyWordisTruth; 05-30-2017, 03:22 AM.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by luri View Post
            How can science be wrong, what ever science has established are based on years of research.
            There is no entity called "science" which tells us what is true and what isn't. There are scientists who tell us what they believe is true. Many of the things they tell us have been proven by years of research and we can rely on their truth. But scientists, like everybody else, are prone to errors and sometimes they believe and teach things whose proof has not been established.

            One cause of error is that scientists bring their personal beliefs into their research and sometimes these beliefs affect how they interpret the evidence they find. Some of them are atheists and because they believe that God has never intervened in the natural processes we observe they are forced to believe that the earth is millions of years old and that life developed by a process of evolution. They ignore or explain away any evidence that points to a creator. Their influence on our culture and educational system is so strong that even Christians who believe the Bible accept their findings and feel they have to interpret the Bible to make it conform to their beliefs. I was in this condition for a long time. l have been a Christian for 60 years and until only a few years ago I accepted the belief that the earth was old. It is only in the last few years that I have come to realize that there is really no evidence for this belief.
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              Agree -- 'They ignore or explain away any evidence that points to a creator. People Always have a bias -- part of being human. And scientists Are human beings.

              Satan definitely want's the truth suppressed. He knows every person's weakness and tempts us in that personal area. And it's not a sin to be tempted -- it Is a sin to give in to the temptation. And satan knows how to make that temptation look too good to be ignored. "How can it be Wrong, when it feels so Good". If sin looked Ugly there'd be no problem resisting it, but it's attractive so , of Course, we 'go for it'. And then regret it after wards and ask for forgiveness. And God Does forgive -- over and over again. Will we ever learn from our mistakes?! Eventually. :) That's why we need Christian friends.
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