“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 NKJV)
Reading this verse in Paul’s letter to the Romans and the surrounding context raises a question in my mind that I would like to briefly discuss. Is everyone who doesn’t believe in Jesus and the Gospel suppressing the truth?
I used to be an atheist, and the idea of God seemed silly to me, and even angered me. I thought that such belief was irrational and illogical. Saying that God exists seemed to be like saying fairies or unicorns exist, it was just crazy.
Was I suppressing the truth? I don’t feel I was because in all truth I hadn’t received a revelation of the reality of God. He was no more than a concept. I believe that we come to know about God’s existence when by His grace He chooses to reveal Himself. This is the only way we can believe.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8 NKJV)
It is perhaps a different thing to know God exists (because you have received a revelation) and still suppress the truth. That would be like lying to yourself. I don’t believe the majority of unbelievers are suppressing the truth in this way. It’s just that they are yet to receive a revelation of who God is. Surely, God is in control, and it is He who decides who knows Him.
What do you think? Are unbelievers suppressing the truth?