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..
In verse 17 Paul writes:
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
The righteous shall live by faith. So very hard to do.
Paul writes in verses 21-23 how we know there is a God and yet we perceive ourselves to be above having faith in God. We claim through all our scientific discoveries and all our advances in knowledge that somehow it all disproves God or it makes God lesser in our eyes.
Our hearts are darkened and we become fools.
We discount and discard that which our brilliant minds cannot see and comprehend. We toss it aside to worship that which we can easily see, hear, touch and comprehend.
We worship images made by man for man. We worship our own intellect because we think it is something we can see, hear and feel. We made it so, we understand it, and we cast faith aside.
But without faith there is no call for righteousness as Paul states in verse 25 of Romans 1.
…because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator…
The righteous shall live by faith.
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