As I Understand It (Scripture Study)
This is how I understand it:
Romans 1:20 (NLT2) 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities -- his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
Romans 1:23 (NLT2) 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.
Romans 1:24 (NLT2) 24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other's bodies.
Romans 1:26 (NLT2)
26 That is why God abandoned them to their
shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex
and instead indulged in sex with each other.
Romans 1:27 (NLT2) 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.
Romans 1:28 (NLT2) 28 Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.
Romans 1:29 (NLT2) 29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip.
Romans 1:30 (NLT2) 30 They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents.
Romans 1:31 (NLT2) 31 They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy.
Romans 1:32 (NLT2) 32 They know God's justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.