Constrast of The Human Consciense:  Some Seared,
Some Good, and et cetera--


You will be amazed to run a good Bible concordance
such as YOUNG'S ANALYTICAL CONCORDANCE on the
word "conscience" in the Bible, to find how many times
the word is described in the Bible and how many
different consciences there are such as the good and
seared conscience.  {By the way the
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1.  For example, since many Americans have made
their own personal conscience the sole criterion for faith
and practice, they need to know that God is greater
than our conscience.

"For if our heart {close to the same as
"conscience", or at least "conscience" is a subset
of heart-for more read volume 2 of the LEARN
Christ commentaries}
condemns us, God is
greater than our heart, and knows all things."  (I
John 3:30)

Our heart or conscience can be deceptive quite often,
condemning us when God knows better, and more
often when God has already condemned us, the
thoughts, and the actions in the Bible.  For example,
some out of the up and downs of the emotions of the
heart will doubt their salvation when God according to
the Bible is trying to assure them.  More often some
will use a seared or bad conscience when the Holy
Spirit is trying to convict them of sin, of righteousness,
and of judgment.  You can read about this in several of
the
LEARN CHRIST commentaries.

2.  A dominant characteristic of the contemporary
American Conscience, and you can see it in politics,
international relations, churches, and society, is to
accuse others while excusing themselves.  If the
traditionalists of American Society can be characterized
as condemning others based on law in order to justify
themselves, the next generation as blaming others in
order to rationalize themselves, and then the large-and
therefore least percentage  of Christians boomer
generation can be characterized as accusing others
while excusing themselves.  If you want to see a big
example just look at President Bush.

"who show the work of the law written in their
hearts, their conscience also bearing witness,
and between themselves their thoughts accusing
our else excusing them)"  (Romans 2:15)

For more on this, read the LEARN CHRIST commentary
on the five books of the Apostle John with much on the
conscience and a chapter on the American Conscience.

3.  Paul in Hebrews 13:18 showed the kind of humility
needed today among church members, when he wrote
"I trust we have a good conscience, willing to live
honestly in all things".  Instead today in this period of
the Falling Away, we find a conceit among church
members that exceeds the haughtiness of the
Corinthians before they repented.  A conceit that
violates the Bible admonition "not to think of yourselves
more highly than you ought to".  You will find many
mentions of "conscience" in I Timothy and Hebrews,
almost to the extent that you might be inclined to
identify the "good conscience" from God's perspective
as synonymous with those who are true believers.  We
already know from Ephesians that many who claim to
have learned Christ have not "indeed seen Him and
been taught by Him", so that from the early days of the
church at Ephesus have been many who claim the
name of Christ that are really among the tares and the
goats, more so as we get deeper into the Falling Away.  

You can read more on Hebrews in
a commentary built
around that book.

4.  The Apostle Peter writes that the salvation of the
One Baptism is the same as "the answer of a good
conscience toward God".

"There is also an antitype {the opposite of
destruction by water, the salvation being an
opposite type of destruction and the Baptism by
other than water being also an opposite type}

which now saves us-baptism (not the removal of
the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good
conscience toward God), through the
resurrection of Jesus Christ..."  (I Peter 3:21)

You can read more about this in "Believe and Be
Baptized", a theme of the 14 letters of the Bible from
the Apostle Paul in which he often sets forth this
salvation, and answer of the good conscience toward
God, as the One Baptism.

5.  By the way Paul in the Bible, the Word of God,
explicitly says that one outstanding characteristic of the
religious in the time of the Falling Away will be the
ability to act and speak from a "seared conscience".

"Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter
times some will depart from the faith, giving
heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of
demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their
ownconscience seared with a hot iron...."  (I
Timothy 4:1-2)

Also by the way, you can download from this site a
chapter of volume 1 of the LEARN CHRIST
commentaries, which has a very good representation of
the words "conscience" in the Bible.
"Conscience" in the
Bible