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.