HOLY SCRIPTURE AND THE CONSCIENCE
GOD’S COMMUNICATION WITH MAN
It is obvious that there are many obvious things which affect our lives, some for the better and some for the worse. We live each day among the various events which affect us in some way, often not considering them to be important. Some people go through their entire lives under these conditions, not in the least bit concerned with events that are of lesser or greater importance. Such people are living in a dream-like life for life for many is little more than food and drink, clothing, work and play. The life lived by man people is where nothing is seemed to be vital or necessary.
Although we utilize our minds, thinking and remembering, and feel with our hearts loving and despising, and form decisions with our wills, yet we t often think nothing of these gifts given us by our Creator, and what His purpose He has in mind for us, many even deny that there is a Creator, although none will deny creation! Although we have written on this subject previously, it is always good to bring it to mind again for we tend to be forgetful of our ultimate destination.
How important is man and what is his destination? These are questions that all of us should understand with their answers for they concern us. Certainly, for the Lord to create us in the first place, He had to have a plan and purpose, for He does not create anything haphazardly and without purpose.
That man’ superiority over all creatures is easily seen by looking at the world and observing its many creatures. None can be found equal to man in the physical world, where he rules supreme, not due to his physical strength but due to his superior intellectual abilities. He rules over the animals, beasts, serpents, fish and birds. Although man in many ways resembles other creatures, having similar faculties, he alone has the intellectual ability which empowers him to rule over all creatures and creation.
Why is man given such ability? Can it be to rule over creation? Not so, for man has yet another faculty that other creatures lack, which raises him even higher, which is his conscience that establishes communication between him and his Creator. This communication does not suddenly disappear but is always present, approving and disproving our thoughts, ideas and intentions. Every honest human being would testify to the possession of a conscience.
Scripture testifies to our active conscience:
“Purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God” (Heb. 9:14).
The Pharisees brought a woman before Him whom they charged with adultery; Jesus wrote on the ground, then said: “He that is without you, let him first cast a stone at her. and He wrote on the ground. And they who heard it, having been convicted of their own conscience, went out one by one” (John 8:3-9)
“For this is thankworthy, if a man, for concience toward God endure grief and suffer wrongfully” (1 Pet.2:19).
“not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God” (1 Pet/ 3:21).
“Now the end of the commandment is love out of a good heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned” (1 Tit. 1:5).
Mankind and Holy Scripture together testify to the action of the conscience through which our Creator communicates with mankind, the writings of Scripture and the testimony of conscience.
These are two witnesses to the truth that our Creator never abandoned the human race, but is in constant contact through these means.