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Monday, January 30, 2012

THE CONSCIENCE


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There are more theories about the conscience than there are chickens in the hen house, but most contribute some understanding of how it works.

The problem is that there is some bias within every definition, and has some ulterior motive to forward a philosophical position. Most religions and secular teachings have there own version of what the conscience is and how it functions.

For the Christian the conscience can be inconvenient at times especially when they want to do that which violates the plain teaching of the Gospel.

“When you can neglect any known duty without the bitterness of remorse, your conscience is seared with a hot iron.” (Finney)

For those interested I suggest reading Finney’s treatise on the conscience.
http://www.gospeltruth.net/1841OE/410428_seared_consci_pt1.htm

“The conscience is a fascinating part of our soul/spirit complex. Simply stated, it is the faculty of our inner man by which we judge what is right and wrong, or make value judgments. It operates on information that we accept as authoritative, coming from an authority that we acknowledge has the right to tell us what is right and what is wrong.” (Keith Blades)

It is amazing how at times there is conflict between the conscience and the emotions. My “Want to” will give my conscience a bad time, this inner battle can really stress me out. While Finney is pretty dogmatic in his pronouncements nevertheless it is dangerous to violate the only thing that keeps you on the straight and narrow.

When the Holy Spirit quickens you, your conscience is fully engaged and involved your actions that follow. Instead of me just rattling on let me say protect your conscience at all costs, and the way to do this is by honoring it and by being obedient to its quickening.

Never allow your emotions to over rule it, and I think you know what I’m talking about.

Linked to Shanda’s On your Heart Tuesday  

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