October 21, 2014

con•science (k¼n“sh…ns) n. 1.a. The awareness of a moral or ethical aspect to one’s conduct together with the urge to prefer right over wrong. (American Heritage Dictionary)

Our Heavenly Father amazes me with His ability to hide the obvious. It seems right to me, that He would, and even should, hide understanding from us. After all, if we do not care enough to search out understanding then should we be given it?

Well, anyway, I was attending the small Bible study, that I often attend, and the question of conscience came up.

I believe that everyone has a conscience, because I believe that God would not condemn anyone for sin, that did not know that they had sinned. God is perfectly fair and just and it would not be fair to condemn someone for something that they did not even know about.

We can suppress our conscience and not listen to it, but it is still in our minds.

As I thought about our conscience, I realized that God had hidden a very important point from me: a basic point at that. Because it seems as though I cannot keep anything to myself, I will try to explain it to you.

Basically, Adam and Eve did not have a conscience before they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Before they ate, they were both naked, and they felt no shame (Gen 2:25). It seems obvious, to me, that the verse indicates that they should have been ashamed.

Nakedness is used, in the Bible, to symbolize sin uncovered. When we turn to God and are baptized into Jesus, we receive a covering for our sin and we are no longer naked. That is to say, no longer spiritually naked. We can be physically naked, but never spiritually naked: unless we deny Christ and therefore remove our covering. God will not remove our covering, but God does not make anyone do anything that they do not want to do, so those who have a covering can lose it, but only as an act of cognizant defiance against God.

I have to laugh after God shows me something that is so clear. You see, there are two things that are spiritual and the world can never understand. The first is life, because it is the breath of God (Gen 2:7). The second is conscience, because only mankind has a conscience. We receive it with the gift of life: everyone receives it.

If you doubt me, then ask someone who thinks there is no God, what life is. No one can answer that question. There isn’t even a definition in the dictionary that really defines it. The property or quality that distinguishes living organisms from dead organisms is the basic attempt to define it. It seems to me a lame attempt at a definition.

When they cannot answer that question, then ask them where our conscience came from.


October 9, 2014

Scripture says, (Mat 18:3-5 NIV) And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.

(Mark 9:37 NIV) “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

(Mark 10:15 NIV) I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

(Luke 9:48 NIV) Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all–he is the greatest.”

(Luke 18:17 NIV) I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

Well, you don’t have to enjoy your salvation. I see many of my brothers that seem to believe that our Heavenly Father has laid a great burden on them. They believe that the salvation of others is their responsibility. They must do the work of God and if they do not, then others will not turn to God.

When I was a child in my fathers house, I was not required to do any really important work for my, or anyone else’s survival. All of that was accomplished by my father. He provided for the necessities for all of his family.

It was true that I was assigned small tasks to accomplish, but there was no penalty to others if I failed. Those tasks were given to me, to teach me. Though these tasks were important to me, even though I did not understand why or how, they held very little importance to anyone else. No one, but I, suffered any real harm if I did not accomplish any of the tasks that were assigned to me.

I say all of this, because many of my brothers and sisters seem to think that if I do not preach to the unsaved, that they will be lost. Wouldn’t that make me responsible for their salvation? I cannot conceive of a greater burden and it would nullify (Mat 11:28-30 NIV) “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

I know that many of you are thinking of, (Rom 10:14 & 15 NIV) How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Those are great verses if you feel that you are sent to preach. I do not feel that I am and the results of my attempts confirm my beliefs. That is not to say that I do not attempt to explain why I am so happy and why I do not do as the world does. With a father as wonderful as ours, how could I do otherwise? However, that is not preaching.

I am satisfied with Romans 10:20 (NIV), And Isaiah boldly says, “I was found by those who did not seek me; I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.” You see, God does not “need” any man to accomplish His goals. That is not to say that He would not use us as a way to reveal Himself. He may do so without our understanding; and we might not even be aware of it.

I believe that I should always be ready to explain my faith, when I am asked, and I should declare my faith, even when not asked. However, if others show no interest I do not believe I should try to force my beliefs, in any way, on others.

I am a child of God, because I want to be. I want to be perfect as my Heavenly Father is perfect. I do not fear punishment at all. One punishes a child that does wrong, because he or she wants to do wrong, but you do not punish a child that wants to do right and makes a mistake. You only explain the mistake and how to avoid it in the future.

If you feel as though you are all grown up and must save the world, lighten up. “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”.

We are blessed beyond measure. Enjoy your salvation and let others enjoy theirs.