(Rom. 1:24, 26, 28) Why does it say three times that God “gave them over” to their sin, if God loves people?

CLAIM: The Bible teaches that God loves the world (Jn. 3:16), but he allows people to get into sin.

RESPONSE: This is an answer for the Problem of Evil. Paul states that the existence of evil is the result of human freewill and our rejection of our Creator. God loves people, but he also values their freewill. Forced love is not love; it’s rape. God gives people freewill, and he allows them to choose against him. In theology, this is called the passive wrath of God. God’s passive wrath is not from him putting his hands on; instead, it is from him taking his hands off. He lets us go choose our future for ourselves. God values freewill, because this allows people to freely choose to receive eternity with him.