This is one of the more chilling admonitions in the Bible. It makes it very clear that on judgement day there will be no excuse for those who rejected the knowledge of God. Rather, this verse reveals that the only reason for their rejection is their own unrighteousness.
The truth of this verse can be very easily demonstrated with an unbeliever. Point to a chair or any piece of architecture and ask them if they believe that there was a designer responsible for it. They will most certainly admit that there must be. If you ask them why they believe this they may explain that the very fact that there is a “design” demands that there must be a “designer”. This is known as an axiomatic truth. That is to say that the answer is self-evident.
Now ask that same person to look at a tree. Ask them if the tree just happened all by itself or was it designed. They will most likely express the opinion that the tree originated by the process of evolution requiring no intelligence at all. It is merely the result of the purely random combinations of material and energy over vast eons of time.
Why is there this profound division of thought? In the first circumstance they can correctly identify the self-evident truth that a design must have a designer. In the second circumstance they abandon logic and express a religious conviction that the evidence of design that we see in nature and in the universe defies the axiom. Paul gives us the answer in our verse above. “They hold the truth in unrighteousness”.
It behooves us to remember this fact when we share our faith. If you are able to convince an atheist of God’s existence, you have only convinced him of something he already knew in the first place, for God has given light to every man (1 John 1:9). Start a conversation using creation science but remember to bring conviction using God’s law; for the Bible declares in Luke 13:13 that “unless they repent they shall perish.” They must receive the knowledge of sin in order to produce the “godly sorrow that worketh repentance to salvation.” 2 Corinthians 7:10.
Is there a Designer of the Universe?Written by Jim DiPasquale
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 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.” Romans 1:18-20 KJV