“POSSESSING THIS GIFT OF CHOICE, those in Noah’s world all made the same decision. They rejected the Creator – so much that this generation was essentially devoid of God. Like He wasn’t there. They had unanimously voted God off the island, eliminating Him completely from earth’s equation.
In the absence of a more complete revelation about God, which would come later through Moses, the prophets, and Jesus, Noah’s generation still had knowledge of the Creator.
The first witness God has given humankind is creation itself (Romans 1:20). Though we’re unable to see God, scripture says there are some things every person still knows about Him. He has not left mankind in the dark; instead He has generously revealed knowledge about Himself to all mankind. In Romans 1, Paul wrote, ‘That which is known about God is evident within them,’ meaning every person. The reason this is true, he says, is because God made it evident to them. The heavens tell of God’s glory and the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Some have referred to stars passing across the night sky as ‘God’s traveling preachers.’
But there’s another convincing evidence regarding this knowledge of God. This one doesn’t require looking outwardly at the stars or creation. We are told that the Creator has embedded this knowledge inside us as well, without the need for external testimony. Romans 2:14-15 says, ‘humankind instinctively knows the difference between right and wrong because this knowledge is written in their hearts through conscience.’ It comes standard, like a computer’s basic operating system, preprogrammed within us. This elementary knowledge of God is called general revelation, and in spite of our fallen, sinful nature, it exists in all of us. Paul says those who deny its reality (about God and themselves) ‘suppress the truth in unrighteousness’ (Romans 1:18). In other words, they choose to ignore it.
When people reach the point where they pursue self-pleasure as the highest form of existence, that’s when God releases the parking brake and begins letting go. Treated as nonexistent, distant, irrelevant, or intrusive, God now graciously bows out from the person’s life and officially gives them over to their own desires,” says Kinley.
He goes on to say “Tragically, we now live in a world that celebrates same-sex marriages and shames, fines, and jails those who uphold God’s design. It’s a world that views those who parade their sin.like.Sodom as being courageous heroes.”
As it was in Noah’s day, so it is in ours. Regrettably, some of us are on that same path of pathos and regret. Saying it isn’t so doesn’t make it go away. God is merciful, but forgiveness isn’t a given, and it isn’t automatic….it follows repentance. And if you are reading this, thank God, there’s still a window of opportunity for you.
(to be continued)