When archaeologists study ancient civilizations, they find one thing in common in virtually all of them. The people worshipped something. It might have been an idol or an unseen spirit, but they recognized the existence of a supernatural being with power over them. And yet many of these civilizations never had contact with each other. Where did they get this information? Where did they get this resolve — a resolve so strong that battles were fought in support of their god?
Simple. The answer is given in the first chapter of Romans. God put the knowledge of Himself inside every person. And He says why He did it — so no one would have an excuse. Elsewhere, He gives another reason: He wants no one to perish. In other words, there are only two kinds of people, those who believe in God and admit it and those who believe in God and don't admit it. To put it another way, people who believe in God and accept him and people who believe in God and reject him. We each have a free will and can choose to reject Him.
Anne Frank said she believed the basic nature of people was good. The Bible reveals that the basic nature of people is to be self-centered. We can overcome this flaw in our nature, but the urge to be accepted by one's peers is so strong that many people don't have the courage to be honest when making this very important decision.
Mike Jones, Oklahoma City