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["God gave them over to their lusts," in their desires, their cravings. Aristotle defined µ as a reaching out after pleasure. Stoics defined it as a reaching out after pleasure which defies all reason. Clement of Alexandria called it an unreasonable reaching for that which will gratify itself. µ is the passionate desire for forbidden pleasure.]
These cravings for forbidden pleasure are of the heart (mind, will, and emotions) for inside the heart is where dishonoring first takes place. What is allowed freedom in the heart will eventually control the mind and body. Aren't you glad God has not given you over to your lustful cravings?
"That (a completed result) their bodies be dishonored among them." They put an incorrect evaluation of the sacredness, dignity, and purity of the physical body and thus used it in a way which degraded it. Christianity came not only to redeem man's soul from sin but also their physical bodies. You can not separate spiritual morality from physical morality. A false image of God leads to a false understanding of sex. Illicit sex degrades people. Sex in marriage, as God intended, ennobles them.
We move now to the fate of forsaking God, [from the glorious opportunity God gave man to the consequences of pursuing man's fallen moral reasonings.] Humanity exchanged the authentic for the counterfeit and as a consequence God gave them over to what they so perversely desired as we see in verse 25. "For they exchanged the truth of God for (with) a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever (into the ages) Amen. "
This means they exchanged the right conceptions about God for falsehoods or false views of God and/or they exchanged the true God for false god's [Charles Hodge, Romans, Banner of Truth. Edenburgh. p40]. The worse of all possible bargains is to trade God's truth for a lie because lies do not lead one to God. Exchanging truth for lies causes one to be self-deceived.
When truth and the lie are placed side by side they choose to serve the creature-or man's reasonings- rather that the Creator. They passed by the Creator and chose to be man centered, to place man first and thus worshiped, adored, revered what was not the true God. The order of God's magnificence creation is turned into man's chaos. Heathenism plain and simple. [Heathenism is lack of God in the life of man.]
If people persist in believing lies about God and life the truth becomes harder and harder to recognize until it no longer can be. "At first a lie is simply more important than the truth, but it ends up becoming the truth." [James Edwards. New Inter. Bibl. Com. Romans. Henderson. 2002. p 54.]
To Paul this is such a revolting thought for the God to Whom he owes everything to be so treated that he must bless Him. ["Blessed" is from to speak and is well or good ... of a person. Our word eulogy comes from this word.] When we concentrate our speech on the goodness of God we are blessing Him.
[It was an age of unparalleled immorality. There had not been one single case of divorce in the first 520 years of the history of the Roman republic. The first Roman recorded as having divorced his wife was Spurius Carvilius Ruga in 234 B.C. But now, as Seneca
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