For although they know God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. - Romans 1:21
In the 11th chapter of Genesis mankind set out on a mission to build a city with an enormous tower at its center. This tower came to be known as the Tower of Babel and is representative of mankind’s efforts to take hold of God’s kingdom through force. This shameful rebellion was made all the more severe because it occurred after God's judgment of the world through a worldwide flood. The reality of God, and His expectations, were no secret. This did not prevent people from denying the reality of the true God and setting up idols for themselves.
In the early parts of the Bible, mankind directly interacted with God on one level or another. Adam and Eve walked with God in the Garden of Eden. Cain and Abel offered sacrifices to God. Cain conversed with God on a personal level. Noah was spoken to by God and the flood that followed was God's judgment on the wickedness of mankind. This judgment was intended not only to cleanse the world of evil, but to put the fear of the Lord into the hearts of mankind.
Instead, mankind disregarded the clear signs from God, regarding His existence and His righteousness. Since then, thousands of false accounts have been forged to replace the one authentic story of creation and the flood, through which God judged a rebellious world.
Today, we have gone as far as to remove God from the story of creation. As a result, our thinking has literally become futile and we have darkened our foolish hearts to the most reasonable of truths.
But if you look closely, even at the godless theories used to explain away creation, you will see God’s fingerprints smudging the pages of the most militant of atheist science texts. The complexity of life, the appearance of all things from nothing, and the superiority of mankind over all other creatures are elements of the natural world that can only be explained through an intentional Creator. It is this intentionality that gives us hope and enlightens our hearts to the most obvious truth in all creation.