That is why I want so much to preach the Good News to you in Rome.
I am proud of the Good News, because it is the power God uses to save everyone who believes -- to save the Jews first, and also to save those who are not Jews.
The Good News shows how God makes people right with himself -- that it begins and ends with faith. As the Scripture says, "But those who are right with God will live by trusting in him."
God's anger is shown from heaven against all the evil and wrong things people do. By their own evil lives they hide the truth.
God shows his anger because some knowledge of him has been made clear to them. Yes, God has shown himself to them.
There are things about him that people cannot see -- his eternal power and all the things that make him God. But since the beginning of the world those things have been easy to understand by what God has made. So people have no excuse for the bad things they do.
They knew God, but they did not give glory to God or thank him. Their thinking became useless. Their foolish minds were filled with darkness.
They said they were wise, but they became fools.
They traded the glory of God who lives forever for the worship of idols made to look like earthly people, birds, animals, and snakes.
Because they did these things, God left them and let them go their sinful way, wanting only to do evil. As a result, they became full of sexual sin, using their bodies wrongly with each other.
They traded the truth of God for a lie. They worshiped and served what had been created instead of the God who created those things, who should be praised forever. Amen.