Romans 1:25 NASB
“For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the the creature rather then the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”
The exchange man makes that Paul is referencing is the “lie”. The “lie” is the denial that Jesus is the Christ and in exchange they worship false gods. This is the most grievous falsehood that anyone can accept. To deny that Jesus is the Son of God and the Savior of the world is to damm one’s self to eternal hell. This damnation is worse then the lie that Eve accepted at the garden of Eden. Her exchange of the truth for a lie cost her and Adam’s life in the garden and their innocence. But at the very least, Adam and Eve still believe in the One true God. The falsehood of denying Jesus and worshipping the created is breaking the very first and foremost of commandments. Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.” The denial of God and His Son Jesus, deny’s ones entrance to God’s eternal kingdom.
The question must arise, why do we exchange the created for the Creator? Why do we worship temporary things over the Eternal One? These questions could be a book in of themselves but I think it comes down to pride. Worshipping the One true God requires humility in submission to His will. It forces us to align our lives and actions with God’s. His ways are higher then ours, His will causes us to reform our way of thinking and living our lives. Worshipping created gods, whether its Baal the sun or ourselves, allows us to live and act outside of God’s intended purposes for our lives. It enables us to be selfish, lustful, angry, prideful and the captain of our own soul. I think this is why the gate to heaven is narrow, it’s not that its hard to come to Jesus, we make it hard by holding on to our gods.
Paul finishes his thought with a affirmation of God’s blessedness who is eternal and will outlast all false gods. Mankind has always been given the choice to worship or not worship the Creator, man has always been fickle in his allegiance to God, but He has always remained faithful in mercy and forgiveness to us.