“The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem” wrote there is nothing new under the sun, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Over a thousand years later the Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians living in Rome of those in their midst whose rejection of God was being manifested for all to see by their ungodly behavior that would eventually lead to their eternal doom.
In the opening chapter of the Book of Romans after Paul introduced himself and wrote of his longing to visit Rome, he wrote of not being ashamed of the Gospel of Christ and how the just shall live by faith. It is then he turns his attention to those who were living ungodly in his present world and were holding the Truth of God in unrighteousness.
It was in the Garden of Eden man first rejected God, knowing Him but turning from the Truth of His Word and disobeying His command. Those who reject God eventually deny He is the Creator of the world, going so far as to deny what is clearly seen throughout the Creation as having only come from the hand of the Almighty, denying His eternal power and Godhead. Paul writes that they know of God while trying to deny His existence and do not glorify Him as God, thereby becoming unthankful, having wild imaginations, and a foolish heart that is darkened. In the process they profess themselves to be wise but become fools, worshipping the earth and the animals therein instead of the Creator, exchanging the Truth of God for a lie without fear of judgment. It is at this point God gives them up to their own desires, allowing them to dishonor themselves and bring destruction upon themselves. “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient,” including fornication, wickedness, covetousness, envious, murder, debate, deceitful, haters of God, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, without understanding, covenant breakers, disobedient to parents, to name a few. (Genesis 3; Romans 1:18-31)
Those who reject God and love darkness rather than light, with every imagination of the thoughts of their hearts being evil continually, “Who knowing the judgment of God… not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” Almost 2,000 years since Paul penned those words under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to the believers in Rome while ministering in the city of Corinth, “There is nothing new under the sun” in our world today. (Genesis 6:5; John 3:20; Romans 1:32)