Let me tell you about us. We are made in the image of God, and through Adam’s sin we have all fallen out of God’s favor and lost our ability to connect with Him (walk with Him in the garden in the cool of the day).
Our bodies, souls, minds, spirits, hearts, and consciences come from Him and are owned by Him. He is King of all that has been made – both the seen and the unseen.
Even though His image is marred within each of us, His imprint cannot be denied. He claims credit for our scientific makeup, our heart design, our mental capacities, the day of our birth and the years of our lives, and also His plan and purposes for buying back our lost souls through the blood of His Son Jesus.
Certainly you have pondered the idea that your conscience can bother you. This usually is coupled with some regrettable action toward another, whether targeted at a specific person, or when we act contrary to one of our valued principled.
There are a spectrum of beliefs and actions regarding conscience. Narcissists are on one end of this continuum. By and large, conscience impulses are not impacted by anything other than what a person or situation can bring for someone’s personal benefit. On the other end are people who are riddled with guilt, both imagined and real, who spend our lives pretty much without personal peace, because we can never do enough or be good enough. Most of us live somewhere between these two extremes.
There seems to be some part of us where we can feel guilt or, if we know God, conviction. Apart from the truly insane ends of this continuum, we each process our conscience within our worldview. Here we justify selfishness or even hurtful behavior – or – we deny the deep spiritual reality of our conscience.
What is possible?
“Paul surveyed the members of the council with a steady gaze, and then said his piece: “Friends, I’ve lived with a clear conscience before God all my life, up to this very moment.”
– Acts 23:1/Message
This topic deserves deep reflection and self-education. Right along with our understanding of how God’s Spirit impacts every part of our existence.