Be Grateful! If it is true, as Paul says here, that the basic facts about God are so “evident” and “clearly seen” in the world He created, so that denying Him is “without excuse,” then why is it that there are so many unbelieving, but otherwise intelligent people, in the world? The answer to this question may lie no deeper than the fact that the human mind adjusts to what it knows. This is just another way of saying that we take our world, and what it implies about God, for granted. In essence, we become ungrateful. Suppose that someone were to give you a nice, new car as a gift. Would you remain as happy and excited about that new car a day, a week, a month, or a year afterward as you did the first day you got it? How about after several years of ownership and the service and maintenance bills start to come in? Do you even continue to feel toward the giver the same level of gratitude, love, and respect as you did the day he gave you the car? What if he later did what seemed contrary to the kindness which you thought prompted him to give you that gift? This illustrates the nature of the human mind: it eventually, perhaps quickly, accommodates itself to day-to-day experience; excitement wears off and it returns to a “normal” mood. This is why millionaires are not exponentially happier than those who live on far less income. The same thing happens in our concept of God and our world --- after a while, we not only take it for granted, but when it does not always work as well as we would like it to, we might even start to doubt the One who created it for us. Taking God’s world for granted sets the stage for unbelief. Once we accept the world as if it is nothing to be excited about, we might even prefer not to believe in God, especially if we do not like the way He treats us or what He makes us do or not do. The step from ingratitude to unbelief is an easy one. The next verse of Romans chapter one says, “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks ….” Furthermore, the very next part of that verse says, “… But they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” Of course, once God becomes negligible and unnecessary, or even despised, another explanation for the world must be sought, and, by this time, the mind which has become inured to the evidence of God’s existence and nature in it is capable of finding any explanation, whether evolution or space aliens, preferable to God. Nothing is too foolish when the facts no longer matter. Yes, unbelief begins with ingratitude. So, if you do not want to descend into a futile and foolish life of unbelief, take a moment to thank God for the world we live in, especially for the gift of the undeniable evidences it gives of Him.

Romans 1:18-20

(NASB)

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 eter-

nal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen,

being understood through what has been made, so

that they are without excuse.

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Romans 1:18-20

(NASB)

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 di-

vine nature, have been clearly seen, being under-

stood through what has been made, so that they

are without excuse.

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Be Grateful! If it is true, as Paul says here, that the basic facts about God are so “evident” and “clearly seen” in the world He created, so that denying Him is “without excuse,” then why is it that there are so many unbelieving, but otherwise intelligent people, in the world? The answer to this question may lie no deeper than the fact that the human mind adjusts to what it knows. This is just another way of saying that we take our world, and what it implies about God, for granted. In essence, we become ungrateful. Suppose that someone were to give you a nice, new car as a gift. Would you remain as happy and excited about that new car a day, a week, a month, or a year afterward as you did the first day you got it? How about after several years of ownership and the service and maintenance bills start to come in? Do you even continue to feel toward the giver the same level of gratitude, love, and respect as you did the day he gave you the car? What if he later did what seemed contrary to the kindness which you thought prompted him to give you that gift? This illustrates the nature of the human mind: It eventually, perhaps quickly, accommodates itself to day-to-day experience; excitement wears off and it returns to a “normal” mood. This is why millionaires are not exponentially happier than those who live on far less income. The same thing happens in our concept of God and our world --- after a while, we not only take it for granted, but when it does not always work as well as we would like it to, we might even start to doubt the One who created it for us. Taking God’s world for granted sets the stage for unbelief. Once we accept the world as if it is nothing to be excited about, we might even prefer not to believe in God, especially if we do not like the way He treats us or what He makes us do or not do. The step from ingratitude to unbelief is an easy one. The next verse of Romans chapter one says, “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks ….” Furthermore, the very next part of that verse says, “… But they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” Of course, once God becomes negligible and unnecessary, or even despised, another explanation for the world must be sought, and, by this time, the mind which has become inured to the evidence of God’s existence and nature in it is capable of finding any explanation, whether evolution or space aliens, preferable to God. Nothing is too foolish when the facts no longer matter. Yes, unbelief begins with ingratitude. So, if you do not want to descend into a futile and foolish life of unbelief, take a moment to thank God for the world we live in, especially for the gift of the undeniable evidences it gives of Him.