God’s anger is revealed from heaven against every ungodly and immoral thing people do as they try to suppress the truth by their immoral living.  (Romans 1:18)

Suppressing the truth is the same as twisting the truth by making it small when it is big in order to stop it from bothering your conscience. We discussed in the Doctrine class how some religions do not accept sickness, but say it is only imagination and not real. No matter how sick you get, you need to accept the truth that “there is no sickness” or “it is your imagination”. That reminded me of the Matrix movie when a young boy was bending a spoon with his mind. The little boy told Neo:Spoon

Monk boy: “Do not try to bend the spoon, that’s impossible. Instead, try to realize the truth.”

Neo: “The truth?”

Monk boy: “There is no spoon”

Sinners try to suppress (or hide) the truth in the same way to suppress the clear evidence in Scripture and nature that there is a God and to suppress the wrath of God that burdens on us and reveals our sin. They lie and say, “There is no God.” But there is too much evidence so they make man out to be god or custom design their own god. Whatever they choose, they try to rise their “god” as high as they can even if they have to lie, cheat, steal, or even kill. But their God will only go so high because, as we studied, The true God is far beyond anything we can understand. Man can build their “god” only so high before it leads to confusion and often chaos.Tower of Babel

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. (Romans 1:24-25)

Are we, believers, immune to this? No,  here on earth in the flesh, we have to resist such temptations every day. Everyone tries to build an image they want others to see them as. “Image” is a worldly term, as I would prefer “illusion” for it is all smoke and mirrors. We paint a picture we want others to see us as and often we will add a few fibs (lies) to spice it up. Just as with other “gods”, the illusion of ourselves often lead us to pamper this image and build into our own personal god. We also can paint an illusion of ourselves to a point that others can no longer believe it as many televangelists do. Pride. Wretched pride.

On a lighter side: The monk boy confesses