Romans 1:18-32

Romans 1:18-32
Across the epistles, the readers of Paul’s letters have been praised and encouraged in their constant struggle for The Kingdom. The book of Romans, however, takes an unfamiliar twist when Paul appears to be angry and criticize the new followers, but with accurate insight one can understand that in actuality Paul seeks to explain God’s unconditional love and the power that it
In Paul’s letter to the church in Rome, there are many significant details that are overlooked or interpreted improperly because of lack of historical context. First, it is important to understand that the church in Rome is a   relatively new church with members who have little knowledge of the historical background in the Bible or the nature of God. Therefore, Paul’s first purpose is to provide a brief summary of the Old Testament and the life of Jesus so the new followers can understand the history of the Israelites. The history provided leads directly into the second goal of explaining who God is, as it highlights the fall from a perfect relationship with God and how Christ restores this. Often in the letters, it appears that Paul is angry or upset about the sin taking place bluntly explaining the wrath of God and highlighting that all sinners deserve to die, however he is only trying to emphasize how much God hates sin and thus how amazing it is that God is willing to forgive us.
To properly dissect and analyze what Paul is writing in this passage, it must first be divided into three sections; the first highlighting verses eighteen and nineteen.
“18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.”1
In this there are two words that stand out and need to be defined in the context of Paul’s message. The first is godlessness, implying that the people have departed from...