The Christian’s Attitude Toward Conscience

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Preface

What is your attitude toward your own conscience and the consciences of others? That is, what is your mindset toward these two areas of conscience? Do you view the conscience as an authoritative element of your being? Or, do you treat it only as something that will help you live for the Lord when it is trained correctly? Do you view the consciences of others as being significant in the decisions that you make? Or, do you treat them as insignificant and only base decisions on your own conscience?

The “conscience” refers to the element in mankind that provides a sense of whether something is right or wrong. It is a kind of moral “compass” that attempts to help you go in the direction it believes to be the “right” direction. Therefore, it produces feelings of guilt whenever we act in ways that are contrary to our consciences. And, it produces feelings of joy whenever we act in ways that are in agreement with our consciences. Therefore, whenever we are faced with choices, our consciences are beneficial in helping to sway us to choose what it believes to be the “right” thing.

Does God approve of an individual just because he/she acts in a way that agrees with his/her conscience? Then, there are even other questions to consider concerning the conscience. How does God view our decisions to violate our own consciences? How does He view our responses to the consciences of others? The purpose of this study is to consider these questions and consider how the Bible (the only true and perfect standard of right and wrong) views the conscience.

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