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Friday, April 14, 2017

The Conscience Corrupted

April 14

(1 Timothy 1:18-19 NIV) "Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, {19} holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith."

(1 Timothy 4:1-2 NIV) "The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. {2} Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron."

(Acts 24:16 NIV) "So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man."

(1 Corinthians 4:4 NIV) "My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me."

Consider the marvel of the human conscience, the internal voice of God. Random chance evolution could never produce a conscience -- this is divine stuff. Modern culture is no friend of the conscience. It does all that it can to suppress it. When personal happiness becomes our primary goal in life, personal responsibility is pushed aside, and the conscience becomes a hindrance rather than a helper. It becomes a foe to conquer, rather than a friend for counsel. People spend lots of money to eliminate the tension caused by their conscience. When morality is portrayed as an albatross, most will work to repress the conscience, rather than responding to it. And when the conscience is consistently ignored, it becomes like a vestigial organ -- the individual reigns supreme, and God has been effectively silenced. Don’t go there! -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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