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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Conscience .... what I learned from Dr. Norris

One of the characteristics of human beings….I don’t care who you are, an American, a Buddhist, etc. ….everybody has a conscience and everybody’s conscience is universal, in it’s makeup. An atheist cannot deny that he has a conscience. When you really explore the depth of all of the meaning…..”what does conscience mean?” you will finally come to the conclusion that it relates to what God is and what we know about Him There is a lot of mystery about concepts … it runs through our minds….we have a little thought here and there. But when you study the concept of a conscience, you’re dealing on a human level. That’s what I’m saying…it’s an argument outside the evidence as presented in the bible. When you’re talking to a lot of people, the bible is not evidence. But one thing that is evidence, is your conscience, and that’s universal. It’s the same everywhere.

When you really understand how the conscience of mankind is made up, it tells you what is right and what is wrong. It tells you a lot of things that you believe….and you don’t even know whether you believe it or not. I’m giving you an argument outside the biblical evidence. If you ever run into an atheist, here’s what I’d ask one of them. “Sir, explain to me what the conscience is”. Every man is endowed with a conscience. It would become an endless dissertation …you would find no end to it. And the more you would get into it, the more you would see how that it helps you to get a vision of the mystery of God Himself, the mystery of Christ. How Christ saves, His dying on the cross ….we don’t understand all of it. It is almost beyond our comprehensions. But we make a start, whenever we begin to explore our conscience…I’m not talking about consciousness, I’m talking about your conscience. It’s the inner man that every man has.

So when man follows the dictates of his conscience, and if he’s honest, his conscience will finally lead him to an appreciation ….. that one of the most noteworthy characteristics of mankind is to be honest. Everybody would say “you’ve got to be honest”….that’s what your conscience tells you. When you’re honest, then you open up because when you’re honest you can get to the “bottom of things”. That’s one of the problems nowadays, people talk about a lot of things, but they’re really not honest. This is one of the failures and the faults of human beings. Human beings are not honest. And what they do, is suppress their conscience. That’s why they do things they shouldn’t do. That’s why they rob banks. But if they’ll be honest, and not suppress their conscience, they’ll know that robbing a bank is wrong. They’ll also know that God is merciful, and that God requires submission on the part of every human being. And that submission is displayed in that sinner’s prayer….”Lord, be merciful”. You just can’t get around thaz .... yout conscience tells you that. I don’t think you’d find many book on this subject. It would be a subject that would deserve a lot of research…I believe an avenue could really be opened. I’ve never read anything about it, other than what I read in the bible and what I’ve observed in human nature. I’ve never met anybody that didn’t have a conscience….and I’ve talked to all kinds of people from all kinds of religions…and their conscience is the same as mine….exactly the same as mine….there’s no difference, whatsoever. Sometimes we do not have occasions to do these things in depth. We don’t spend a lot of time trying to explore the depth of things.

Some people deny Christ, but where you would convince them, if you can get to the depths of the meaning of the concept of a conscience, they would open their eyes.

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