Because when they knew and recognized Him as God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God or give Him thanks. But instead they became futile and [a]godless in their thinking [with vain imaginings, foolish reasoning, and stupid speculations] and their senseless minds were darkened.
22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools [professing to be smart, they made simpletons of themselves].
23 And by them the glory and majesty and excellence of the immortal God were exchanged for and represented by images, resembling mortal man and birds and beasts and reptiles.
God gave them up in the lusts of their [own] hearts to sexual impurity,
to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves [abandoning them to
the degrading power of sin],
Romans 1. 21 -- 24
God created us to worship him. Since we are make for this purpose , we will worship something other than the creator , our lives may be devoted to money , prominence , popularity , immorality or some false God. But no matter how many earthly distractions we attempt to worship none of them can satisfy like the living God - we will still be left with a horrible vacuum of unfulfillment.
IN the first chapter of Romans , the apostle Paul illustrates this point in terms of one particular sin; sexual perversion . You may think you're okay if that form of iniquity isn't part of your life. But any sinful indulgences -- whether actions or attitudes -- that take precedence over worshipping the Lord are wrong and destructive. Until we allow Jesus to save us from our self- serving nature , we will spiral downward into depravity.
By actin as if the Lord isn't real and excluding him from our life , we miss out on the main point of our existence . By ignoring the fact that he wants a personal relationship and daily communion with us , we are rejecting his gracious gift and dishoring him. Without his influence our thinking growns more and more futile leading us to choose false substitutes as we try yo full the void that only God can satisfy
Denying Christ his rightful place as the Lord of our lifes will ultimately unleash God's wrath. But the Lord is his great love for the whole world does not want anyone to spend eternity without him. (
The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.2 Peter 3.9 )
He therefore continues to offer us " the riches of his kindness , tolerance , and patience " in calling us to repentance.