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Wherefore [dio] God [theos] also [kai] gave [paradidomi] them [autos] up [paradidomi] to [eis] uncleanness [akatharsia]
through [en] the lusts [epithumia] of their own [autos] hearts
[kardia], to dishonour [atimazo] their own [autos] bodies [soma] between [en] themselves [heautou]: KJV-Interlinear
God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring
of their bodies among themselves, ESV
Jesus Christ controls history. He controls history in three ways. First, He controls history directly through the will of His own power. He created the universe. He created life, and so forth.
Second, He controls history indirectly through doctrine. Man learns doctrine and abides by its rules and principles for the perpetuation of self and humanity. The Laws of Establishment are an integral part of divine control and doctrine.
Third, God controls history by His permission, allowing the free will of man to function without interruption and unhindered. Man thinks and makes decisions. God allows those decisions, even when they are terribly wrong. God never coerces anyone. He warns of the consequences, but never forces anyone to change or go His way.
God is truth. God makes the lies of this world clear. But man has to want to see the truth, and if man does not want to see truth, then there is nothing that can be done, except to keep on making truth available and then perhaps one day the person will come around.
Then there comes a time when God simply knows that nothing is going to change.
You and I cannot make that decision, because we cannot see into the soul of others, and we cannot see in to their future. But God has all of the facts, past, present, and future. And even though God knows from eternity past, that someone will fail, He still aids them, with truth during their life, until they have sufficiently demonstrated their permanent resistance, and then allows them to go their own way.
God never forces anyone down the wrong path. But God will let people choose the wrong path, on their own.
But remember one important principle, people are without excuse. Truth is always available and everyone, one way or another is aware of truth, just as they make their wrong choices, in rejecting truth.
All eyes are wide open, as it were, and no one can later on say, that they did not know, or that no one told them, or that no one warned them, or if they had known the results, then they would have done things differently. Not so.
Lusts, impure hearts, and dishonored bodies, speak of wrong intent, wrong thoughts, and wrong results. Their entire essence is wrong, from beginning to end. They wanted something, they decided for it, and they did it. And this is a picture of a total life collapse of the individual who rejects truth. This is a picture of anyone's life, when Bible doctrine is ignored or rejected.
God has rules. The rules of life are strict but very simple to follow.
It actually takes more effort to reject truth and keep on rejecting truth, than to follow truth.
The rewards of rejection are harsh. The rewards of compliance with doctrine are phenomenal.
Why then is it so difficult for most of the world to see this?
And the answer is that it is not difficult, it is arrogance and the forces that drive it, and the persons resolve to pursue evil.
Humanity has experienced every circumstance imaginable, in history, and in every situation, there are people who have chosen against truth, but too there are those who have chosen for truth, so right choices are always possible. No circumstance, or situation makes truth or right choices unattainable.
Truth and right choices are always within reach.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.