Here is Romans 1:20 (the translation used).
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Seems simple enough. Still, got this comment.
“while we ignore the only proof we need, and that is what our eyes and heart tell us.”
This is pure passion with an overwhelming human emotional condition of the mind CS. You are therefore restricted within this state of false consciousness and the supernatural myths.
provides a good illustration of the problem. What problem? The problem we have understanding the Bible. We don’t actually want to understand the Bible.
Here is how John Wesley described that verse in his Notes on the Bible.
For those things of him which are invisible, are seen – By the eye of the mind. Being understood – They are seen by them, and them only, who use their understanding. (from here (wesley.nnu.edu))
Where did err? Whenever we read the Bible, we need to consider the context.
- What is the purpose of a verse with respect to passage that contains it?
- When and where was the verse written? Who did the author expect to read it?
- How does that verse relate to the rest of the Bible?
Using a more modern translation (to ensure clarity), here is that verse in its immediate context.
Taken altogether, verses 18-20 are emphatic! God is angry with us because the truth of His existence is undeniable. He knows that our problem is that we don’t want to know the truth, not that we cannot know the truth.
Verses 21-23 explain what happens to us when we deny the existence of God and refuse to give our Maker our worship. Instead of worshipping our Maker, we make gods of our own desires. Carried to the extreme, we worship other human beings or ourselves.
When the Apostle Paul wrote Romans, he wrote to Christians facing persecution from Pagans. These Pagans worshipped every kind of god they could and could not imagine, even an unknown god (Acts 17:23). Why worship such? Why not worship the God who made everything? Don’t the heavens declare his glory (Psalm 19:1)? Why we want to worship the puny gods of our imaginations instead?
Think! What does Creation reveal to us about our Creator? What does the Bible tell us about God?
Creation, because of its sheer beauty, complexity and infinite size, tells us our Maker is majestically all-powerful. The Bible makes it clear our Maker is also holy. Because of His infinite power and holiness, we have no control over God, none whatsoever. We are His, and He can dispose of us as He sees fit. We are at our Maker’s mercy, and that is both frightening and offensive to our pride. None of us want to be, much less believe we are, at anyone’s mercy.
Hence, when we consider what God has revealed to us, we have a choice. We can humble ourselves and plead for our Lord’s mercy, or we can pretend He does exist. Why would God want anything to do with us? He is perfectly holy and all-powerful. We are just puny, pathetic sinners.
Fortunately, this choice is easier than we might at first believe. That is because God has demonstrated that He loves us.
Because it is just a denial of the truth, pretending God does not exist is not an acceptable option. Nevertheless, humbling ourselves and repenting of our sins seems painful. Yet it is not. Because God made us and loves us, humbling ourselves, repenting of our sins, and worshiping our Maker is just doing what we were made to do.