An exergesia. (Gesundheit!)
Alright, alright, first things first. I will answer the obvious question of “What!?!” An exergesia is another ancient Greek writing exercise, in which the writer repeats the same idea over and over again, using different words and styles. See! You learned something new today. This way of writing sounds like a class in redundancy to me, but since this is my schoolwork, I’ll do my best. This exergesia (that’s fun to say!) is going to be on Romans 1:18-23. Please comment on this essay, as this is the first time I am going to have to try to be redundant, while still writing well.
First, in order to get things going, I am going to quote the passage, word for word. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.” (Romans 1:18-23 ESV). I told you word for word, and I meant word for word.
In just a wee bit smaller space, I’m going to reiterate Paul’s words. The main point in this passage is that sinful men suppress God’s truth, so God releases them to do as they wish in the cold, dark, sinful nightmare known as Earth. The sinfulness and foolishness of man know no bounds, unless God suppresses them. Man is going to do as he wishes, lest he be “unhappy” for a single second. He does this knowing somewhere, deep down inside, that he is going to get the full measure of his punishment. As C.S.Lewis said in his book The Screwtape Letters, a man may know that he still has one last chance, even on the brink of hell, yet still will turn from God, because some petty resentment or miniscule pleasure seems more important at the time.
Another way of looking at it would be to apply it to the nations of the world. At one time or another, each nation has suppressed the truth, whether by direct persecution of the believers, or by indirect attacks on the belief. You can probably come up with plenty of examples for the first. The second deals with the middle of Paul’s passage. The scientists, in studying nature, have ample proof for the existence of God. In fact, God’s style of creation has prompted the scientists specializing in biology to consider evolution a dead theory. Lee Strobel’s Case For Faith deals with that aspect of science. To look at the last part of the passage from Romans, it can deal with today’s wise men, also known as gurus, fortune tellers, witches, and many other names that bring up ideas of the occult and dark magic, at least for me.
To sum it up, it looks like I have successfully completed my exergesia. Thanks for listening to my course in redundancy.