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Romans 1:18 – Retaining the truth…

05-08-2020 - Posted by Andre Piet

For God’s indignation is being revealed from heaven on all the irreverence and injustice of men who are retaining the truth in injustice…

What Paul is doing from this verse onwards is to describe a world that is also religious, but recognizes God “not as GOD” (:21). Against all knowledge. “The truth” which Paul speaks here is that which is known of GOD (:19). The recognition and “The starting point of wisdom is the fear of Yahweh.” So if you don’t get started there, you can collect lots of information, have a high IQ and academic honors, it is absolutely meaningless. It is foolishness.

The truth (i.e., the facts, that which is evident and cannot be denied) always has the irresistible tendency to “surface.” Just as it takes effort to submerge a basketball, so effort must be made to suppress the truth. Because a fact is just there. A lie, on the other hand, must be conceived. And to maintain a lie, new lies must be invented again. That is a creative process. It takes a lot of thinking and cleverness to build a bulwark of knowledge that has the appearance of truth. Behold this world…

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