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I was reading in Romans and for some reason this jumped out from the page in a way I've never noticed nor gave mind to before.
Ignoring God and His truth leads to a downward spiral. (I included the Message translation but I also liked the NIV-go be productive and dig).
Romans 1:18-32 (The Message)
The Message (MSG)
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson
18-23But God's angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust and wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to put a shroud over truth. But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can't see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse. What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn't treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand.
24-25So God said, in effect, "If that's what you want, that's what you get." It wasn't long before they were living in a pigpen, smeared with filth, filthy inside and out. And all this because they traded the true God for a fake god, and worshiped the god they made instead of the God who made them—the God we bless, the God who blesses us. Oh, yes!
26-27Worse followed. Refusing to know God, they soon didn't know how to be human either—women didn't know how to be women, men didn't know how to be men. Sexually confused, they abused and defiled one another, women with women, men with men—all lust, no love. And then they paid for it, oh, how they paid for it—emptied of God and love, godless and loveless wretches.
28-32Since they didn't bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose: rampant evil, grabbing and grasping, vicious backstabbing. They made life hell on earth with their envy, wanton killing, bickering, and cheating. Look at them: mean-spirited, venomous, fork-tongued God-bashers. Bullies, swaggerers, insufferable windbags! They keep inventing new ways of wrecking lives. They ditch their parents when they get in the way. Stupid, slimy, cruel, cold-blooded. And it's not as if they don't know better. They know perfectly well they're spitting in God's face. And they don't care—worse, they hand out prizes to those who do the worst things best!
It's not the heathen and unsaved, it's those who know God and know the truth but suppress it.
I looked up SHROUD and found this:
shroud /?ra?d/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[shroud] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun .. minmax_bound="true"> 1. a cloth or sheet in which a corpse is wrapped for burial.
Covering up the truth, wrapping the truth up to prepare it for burial...death..going into the ground. Look at what the Word says happens when we deny the truth, run from the truth, cover it up, try to bury it, create our own truths and Gods and ideologies.
A refusual in God caused mass confusion without direction as to how to be human and falling into a pit of sin (the downward spiral and do we not see these things taking place in our country, our cities today???). God's word is applicable even in the present.
The King James study notes stated that when mankind followed THE LIE, they began to walk into conformity to the lie. (Woah) Conforming to lies to the point of becoming the lie, living the lie, accepting the lie.
Do you not see how important it is for us to stay grounded on the TRUTH???? The truth will set us free, and denying it will do just the opposite as you can see in the above set of scripture.
Let us not be a people to deny the truth, water it down, or try to cover it up. It is what it is and we should not add to it, or take away from it. Refuse not your God! Live in RIGHTEOUSNESS..
and if you KNOW..then ACT like you know
If you have any other insights or revelation please share. I really wasn't expecting to be hit up with what God showed me but I embrace it.