Summary: Glorifying and giving thanks keeps us safe.
Rom 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified (doxadzo honored, praised worship) him not as God, neither were thankful; (appreciate, favor) but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkenedzo
1Co 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body (outwardly), and in your spirit(inwardly), which are God's.
To glorify – to praise, extol, exalt worship, to be of high opinion, to give proper weight to
Foolish – lack of understanding, indiscretion, bad judgment, indiscretion, weak in character , w/out regard to divine law or to one’s own eternal happiness
Vain- morally wicked, unsuccessful searches, profitless, empty
Imagination - dee-al-og-is-mos' discussion, that is, (internal) consideration (by implication purpose), or (external) debate: - dispute, doubtful (-ing), imagination, reasoning, thought. Fighting for silly things
Foolish – little spiritual understanding, wicked
Heart – kardeeah – thoughts feeling mind
Darkened - skot-id'-zo darkened or obscured
Schizophrenia (pronounced is a mental disorder characterized by a disintegration of the process of thinking and of emotional responsiveness. It most commonly manifests as auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganized speech and thinking, and it is accompanied by significant social or occupational dysfunction.
Human history began with man knowing God. Human history is not the story of a beast that worshiped idols, and then evolved into a man worshiping one God. Human history is just the opposite: man began knowing God, but turned from the truth and rejected God. God revealed Himself to man through creation, the things that He made. From the world around him, man knew that there was a God who had the wisdom to plan and the power to create. These facts about God are not hidden in creation; they are "clearly seen" (Ro 1:20).
"The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth His handiwork" (Ps 19:1).
. But man did not want to know God or honor Him as God. Instead of being thankful for all that God had given him, man refused to thank God or give Him the glory He deserves. Man was willing to use God's gifts, but he was not willing to worship and praise God for His gift.
The result was an empty mind and a darkened heart. Man the worshiper became man the philosopher, but his empty wisdom only revealed his foolishness.
Paul summarized all of history in one dramatic statement: "the times of this ignorance".
Having held down God's truth and refusing to acknowledge God's glory, man was left without a god; and man is so constituted that he must worship something. If he will not worship the true God, he will worship a false god, even if he has to manufacture it himself!
This fact about man accounts for his propensity to idolatry. Man exchanged the glory of the true God for substitute gods that he himself made. He exchanged glory for shame, incorruption for corruption, truth for lies.
Note that first on the list of false gods is man. This fulfilled Satan's purpose when he told Eve, "Ye shall be as God!" (Ge 3:5, NASB) "Glory to man in, the highest!" Satan encouraged man to say. Instead of man being made in God's image, man made gods in his own image - and then descended so low as to worship birds, beasts, and bugs!