Romans 1:18-32 “Truth Suppression”

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”  (Romans 1:18)  There is so much truth in this verse, and there is so much suppression of the truth in the world around us!  The word “suppress” is translated “hold” in the KJV.  But, it is not a good “hold.”  It means to “hold down” or to “hold back.”  God’s truth is there, but it is being restrained.  God’s truth is written into creation (verse 20) so that anyone with an open eye and an open mind can see the eternal power of God engraved into nature itself.  Yet, the natural truth of God is being suppressed.  In fact, people worship creation, ignoring the Creator!  God’s truth is written into men’s hearts, so that each person has a conscience, intuitively discerning between right and wrong.  Yet, through repeated sin and rebellion, the seared conscience suppresses God’s built-in truth.  In fact, the God-given conscience is inverted.  What used to be universally accepted as morally right is now considered evil.  And, what was once universally considered sin is now celebrated as a moral good!  God’s truth is not just suppressed, it is reversed!.  The bad news is that we live in a world that is filled with the suppression of the truth.  The good news is that God’s truth cannot be held back forever.  God’s eternal truth will prevail, and mankind will be judged according to His Word.