Claiming to be wise, they became fools

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. Romans 1:21-23

I find it interesting that many of the people we recognize as the most intelligent among us seem to be atheists. Now don’t get me wrong there are many highly intelligent believers, it is that the intelligent atheist seem bent on making sure those of us with lesser minds are freed from our superstitious beliefs and brought to the enlightenment of non belief. Over the last few years we have seen a glut of books on why any intelligent person should deny God and embrace secular humanism.

This is not new. Paul also had to deal with the people who thought themselves too intelligent to believe in God. Sometimes we become so enraptured with our own success, whether intelligence, wealth or accomplishments, that we think we no longer need anything but ourselves. God becomes unnecessary as we believe all we have we did on our own. What is actually happening is not a refusal to believe in God but a replacement of God with our own private gods. Instead of worshiping God we worship at the alters of intelligence or money or possessions or success. These become our gods and we place them above all others. Now if asked they would be adamant that they have no gods but if we look closely we see God replaced with something other.

A good example is evolution. To the committed evolutionist Darwin is absolutely right and anyone who dares question the gospel handed down by Darwin is to be attacked and discredited. Even in the absence of proof they cling to evolution. They have faith the one day science and discovery will prove them right. They approach evolution with a religious fever. We see others do the same with their possessions or in the constant seeking of material wealth.

Man seeks a god. We are hardwired to do this. If we turn from the true God of the universe then we will fill this need with something else. It may be other gods, idols we create or even Charles Darwin’s theory, but we will fill the need for God with something.

Have a blessed day,



About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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