The Weakness of Natural Revelation
Paul the apostle makes the statement in Romans 1:20, “the invisible things of him [God the Creator] from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,” thus signifying the fact that all humanity is aware of God’s existence and His creation of the elements. This form of knowledge or understanding of God concerning His plan of salvation for humanity is not complete within itself so that humanity can correctly ascertain or discover the intimate things of God. In its fallen nature, humanity has changed the glory of God into an image made like to incorruptible man and beasts. Humanity has worshiped the creature more than the Creator. The sun, moon, stars, and the other elements of nature have revealed that God “is,” that He has “being,” that such a Mighty One as this deserves worship and adoration. Before sin came into the world, Adam and Eve had fellowship with God. But now, since sin has darkened the mind of humanity, civilization is groping around in the abyss of uncertainty trying to answer the aforementioned questions of life: Where did I come from? What am I doing here? Where am I going?
Humanity in its normal state is endowed by the Creator with certain capabilities. One of these is the ability to think or to reason. A thinking person by following the law of logic may be able to discover the existence of God, that God placed us here in this world and that there must be a plan for our existence in the future. However, such rationale alone cannot uncover the deep things of God. Thinking, reasoning, people can only climb the ladder of ascent to a certain degree, then that which is unknown remains a mystery unless there is revelation on the part of God to help this creature achieve such intimate knowledge. According to Paul, in 1 Corinthians 2:14, “the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” Also, in verse 11, “even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.” God has chosen to reveal these things to us by His Spirit and by His Word.
So, the weakness of natural revelation lies in the darkness of the human mind, which in turn, is caused by sin. Even if some have the ability to reason concerning the things of God, most would not have the time and others no desire.