That sounds like an excuse.
Incorrect. People can and have frequently suppressed the truth even when they do not know it. Creationists do this all the time. They suppress the truth of evolution even though they often really don’t know what the theory is saying.
Nonsense. That isn’t what the passage says either. You are changing the words again. The word used in the passage is “them” not “everyone,” and this refers to the wicked men who God is angry with because they suppress the truth. These are those in rebellion.
“They” referring again to people who are in rebellion against God, which is not the case with most atheists. The main reason people believe in God is because they experience God for themselves. God certainly can make people believe if He chooses to do so. But I think it is demonstrable that believing in God is not in everyone’s best interest, so God may have very good reasons for not making people believe in Him. If you believed in God then you would trust His judgement. But then a lot of the people who say they believe in God don’t really believe in Him or trust His judgment – they just use him as a tool of manipulation to get what they want.
This refers to the idolatry spoken of in verse 23, which obviously has nothing to do with atheists.
Yes. Whether we believe in God or not, we are without excuse for doing evil. So if someone give this as an excuse for doing evil then that is just stupid. But again this does not apply to atheists.
Get real. People most certainly are ignorant of God and often it is the so call Xtians who are most ignorant of God… AND ignorant of the Bible too.
But let’s continue our Bible study in Romans and move on to chapter 2.
Romans 2:12 All who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14 When Gentiles who have not the law do by nature what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or perhaps excuse them
I think “Gentiles” is the word Paul uses which most closely matches “atheists” because this is just about fact that they had different knowledge and beliefs Those Paul talked about in chapter 1 was clearly about people distinguished by their behavior not by their beliefs. Atheist are often the ones doing the right things for their own sake, while Xtians are often using religion to aid or hide the evil they do.