Romans 1 is often used as a means to attack homosexuals. However, I hope to show in this article how it is a prophesy of current events beyond acceptance of same sex relationships. I am not trying to say these are necessarily immoral, just that Romans 1 has been an accurate prophesy. Some of the lawful ones, such as being boastful, are things I do!
Verses 18-20 – God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
This in my view is a prophesy of the coming of Emmanuel, who will come (in Biblical terms) to judge the quick and the dead. Muslims and Christians see Emmanuel as Jesus Christ, but I argue that both Christ and Mohammed were Messiahs and Sons, but as neither united Arab, Jew and Gentile, neither was Emmanuel as neither became King.
Verse 21 – The Condemnation of Atheism
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Atheists know of “God” – they acknowledge the concept. They do not believe he exists, thinking science proves their non-belief, when it can’t provided evidence either way.
Verse 22-23 – Means of exchange not ‘godly’
Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
Could this refer to currency, like the £10 note showing Darwin and the birds he studied, as well as the monarch or ruler of the day (who is not God)?
Verse 24 – Non monogamous relationships
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.
Could refer to pornography, child sex offences, etc.
Verse 25 – Celebrity Worship Syndrome
They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
Some treat actors as if they are gods, idolising them, following them to gigs, all in pursuit of an image that doesn’t reflect reality. Populist politicians convince people to follow them, for serving themselves and not “God”.
Verse 26-27A – Legalisation of same sex relationships
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another.
Regardless of whether homosexuality is right or wrong, same-sex relationships, including marriages are child rearing are legal now.
Verse 27B – Gang Rapes
Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
The gang raping of children, regardless of sex, and human trafficking and forced prostitution could be what is referred to here.
Verse 28 –
Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.
The number of persons found in possession of indecent images of children is increasing. People are filled with venom for others, and otherwise find it acceptable to go against those ideals set out in the “10 Commandments.”
Verse 29-30 – Not regard for mankind
They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, [evil, greed]^1 and [depravity]^2. They are full of [envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice]^3. They are [gossips, 30 slanderers]^4, [God-haters]^5, [insolent, arrogant and boastful]^6; they [invent ways of doing evil]^7; they [disobey their parents]^8;
Could refer to:
- The credit crunch
- Sexoffences, sexualisation of childhood
- World War III at present where so many countries are at war; 9/11, 7/7, school shootings, and other forms of going postal; MPs expenses; Internet trolling (i.e. flame trolling).
- The News of the World, other tabloids, gossip magazines, police corruption (e.g. plebgate).
- Social media, including LinkedIn for boasting and arrogance, and Twitter for insolence.
- Computer viruses, using social media to abuse others.
- Parents often find that if they have more than one child there is a need to but the child whose birthday it isn’t a present too.
Verse 31 – The consumer society
they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.
The idea of a life-long marriage of devotion to one person is all but gone. Humans will abuse others without a thought as to their feelings. Humans rarely care about anyone other than Number 1 – them.
Verse 32 – Condoning the above
Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
Sex offenders get off the hook, bankers and bank directors don’t get punished for their greed, many believe it is acceptable to lie in order to “not” hurt others’ feelings and many think it is find to break the rules to get back at someone who offended them regardless of the consequences. As such it seems acceptable for someone to be denied a benefit to which they are entitled if they happen to offend the person with power to decide whether they can enjoy that benefit to which they are entitled.