wrath (n.) - the divine Judge's righteous punishment and personal disgust of moral evil
What is sin and why does God want to punish sinners?
"ungodliness" - sin is basically anything that is against God and His glory
He cannot tolerate sin
God is just
If a judge were to let a murderer go because he/she is "loving and forgiving", how would you feel about that judge?
God cannot coexist with something that is against Him
light overcomes darkness
harmony and crime cannot coexist
mankind "suppresses the truth" even though the truth about God is "plain to them" (v18-19)
Why do we as humans "suppress the truth" about God?
In Shutter Island, Leonardo DiCaprio's character had killed his wife, but he couldn't believe that he had done it, so he invented a false identity where he didn't kill his wife and he eventually believed his own lie.
"They knew God but did not honor Him" (v21)
"God gave them up" - "Judgement involves the removal of divine restraints, not on sinful actions and on their consequences"
"in the lusts of their hearts to impurity" - v24
"to dishonorable passions" - v26
Side note: this passage is often used to support the belief that homosexuality is a sin
"to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done" - v28
Humans "exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man" - v23
Humans "exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and server the creature rather than the Creator" - v25
Why do humans exchange what is glorious for something that is not glorious?
"Though they know God's decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them"