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Do some not know the truth about God? – Rom 1:18-20

“the wrath of God is revealed…because that which is known about God is evident within them…for since the creation of the world His invisible attributes…have been clearly seen…so that they are without excuse.”

It would seem unfair to convict someone of an infraction to which they were unaware.

In the secular world, the answer to this dilemma is simple – “ignorance of the law is not an excuse.”

One could reasonably apply this same response to the spiritual world, denying God, although the consequences would certainly be more significant.

God, however, didn’t choose that avenue.

Instead, He chose to divinely make known God and the consequences of denying God innately available in all men.

So much so, as Romans 1:20 states, “they are without excuse.


This, supposed, lack of awareness is again addressed in Romans 10:18 where Paul, quoting Psalms 19:4 says, “…have they never heard? On the contrary, they have; THEIR VOICE HAS GONE OUT INTO ALL THE EARTH, AND THEIR WORDS TO THE ENDS OF THE WORLD.” 


A common argument to dissuade the universality and applicability of Christianity is that “not all men have heard the truth of the gospel.”

Romans destroys this argument, since God, in His sovereignty has already hard-wired all of mankind to be cognizant of God and therefore culpable without excuse.

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"It wasn't a potential atonement actuated by the sinner, it was an actual atonement initiated by the savior."

John MacArthur

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