In these passages the Apostle Paul writes that God is evident in every person and in all of creation. Paul said, “Since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”
God put it in peoples’ hearts to worship Him, but they turned this desire to worship toward the things God created: the sun, moon, animals and other things. They turned away from the true God to false gods. God’s response was to give them over to their lusts to their own destruction.
This is still going on today. God provides ample evidence that He is real and the one true God. Additionally, God provide His Word, the Bible, to tell the people His Truths. However, even though people hear God’s Truths, they still reject them.
Only a few believe and turn to God. Why is this the case? I believe that people just don’t want to give up their sinful behavior. This is the primary motivation behind people rejecting God. They are in bondage to their sin and don’t want to change. They have no motivation to do so.
The Bible says that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. I believe the initial motivation to turn away from sin is to fear God. People might be motivated to turn from sinning when they realize that God is real and has the power to send them to a flaming agony for all eternity. Once this healthy fear is established, then a person can start down the path to Salvation.