Canceling God

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. Romans 1:18-25.

We all know that we will one day die and stand before God, and be judged for our unrighteousness. But we don’t want to know, and we pretend it’s not coming. This is part of our sinful condition.

Fortunately, God has sent His Word, that we might believe it and repent. Some of us do, but most go on pretending. It is very inconvenient and humbling to know that you exist at God’s pleasure, and that as all your rights really do come from Him. Even if you do not become His child by believing, you are still His creation, and He will dispose of you as He will.

You may think that you and your friends can cancel God, but that is an illusion. He is able to cancel you. And He would be right to do so. But because He is merciful and abounding in steadfast love, He sent His Son, Jesus, to suffer your punishment. Believe in Him, and God will renew a right spirit within you. Reject him, and you will be deciding that you would rather go on pretending that you are not sliding slowly into hell.

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