2 November 2015
The opening chapters of the book of Romans, chapters 1-8, give a great amount of insight into a variety of topics. These topics include the natural world, human identity, human relationships, culture, and the effects these things have on a worldview. The Bible is very unique in that the principles within the book transcend time. The same sins that were being committed by the Romans back in the days of Paul are still being committed in our society today. We are living in a society just like that of the Romans, one of absolute moral deterioration and dissipation. My worldview is that I believe that each individual needs salvation to break free from this degenerate world. The only way to escape it is faith in Jesus Christ.
The natural world is one of perpetual sin, just as it was in Rome in the days of Paul. Both then in Rome and society today contain every sin fathomable being committed. The first chapter of Romans states, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18). In the past, Rome worshipped many gods because as they vanquished countries, they obtained the gods of these different countries and put them into a temple to all gods. The reason the Romans did this was to acquire favor with those in which they conquered and also to secure the minds and hearts of these people. In chapter one of Romans, Paul talks about this topic of the natural world because he recognized a problem in Roman society and made a point to address it with the church.
Human identity is identified by Paul in both the saved and in the unsaved, Gentiles and Jews. Paul states in Romans that The Jews had the law while the Gentiles did not. In the second chapter of Romans Paul states, “All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law” (Romans...