Inevitability of Progress

At every step of progress made, its ultimate end can be determined by its deference to the Creator. Where He is glorified as God, there is hope. Where self is glorified and His truth is demeaned, what is inevitable is death.

  Jun 15, 2017   admin


Romans 1:21-31

There seems to be a sense of self-elevation and rising above associated with the term “progressive” as if significant improvement is inevitable. While progress can indeed result in a favorable end, it surely isn’t inevitable and has everything to do with the steps that are chosen along the way. Progress made towards abundance of life is optimal, while progress towards death is quite the opposite. Progress in strength and health is much preferred over the progress of an ailment. 

There are indicators provided here in Romans 1 that are helpful in determining the trajectory of certain chosen behaviors and where they will progressively lead:

Verse 21 

  • Coming to know God is surely full of potential for positive progress, but to know Him without truly glorifying Him results in progress towards futile thinking and darkened hearts. 

Verse 22-23

  • Claiming wisdom is totally meaningless when man-made things are given precedence over Him. 

Verse 24-25

  • Where there is moving away from the truth of God, there is inevitable moving towards a depraved perspective of His creation, even while convinced it is a superior one. 

Verse 26-27

  • Progressing from God’s design in creation is moving towards a reasoning that one’s own sexual preference takes precedence over His. Acts once considered shameful become embraced as a natural progression away from the true life that only comes from the Father. 

Verses 28-32

  • Though initiated by a perception of superior thinking, the progress made is one towards a loss of wisdom altogether with choices made that are far removed from righteousness. Doors are opened towards every kind of wickedness once steps are deliberately made away from glorifying God. 

The End - something far removed from a preferred progressive end - eternal death. 

At every step of progress made, its ultimate end can be determined by its deference to the Creator. Where He is glorified as God, there is hope. Where self is glorified and His truth is demeaned, what is inevitable is death. 


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