Although we are born in original sin, we are also born knowing God. Each of us, created "in His image" and for His purpose, has an inner programming, put there by God, to seek His influence in our lives. This programming, as deeply ingrained in us as though it were embedded in our DNA, impels us to discover and submit to His inner leading in all things, or else live meaningless, deluded, and ultimately wasted lives. Conscience is literally the presence of God in us, the friction between the way we are and the way we could be. Our conscience causes us inner conflict when we're doing the wrong thing. We experience this correcting and illuminating presence - which is actually our greatest friend - as pain when we deviate from its urgings.
we tumble into the grip of dark forces we don't understand and then
start to defend our obsessions and compulsions, we inevitably come to
regard our conscience as an enemy. And although we may be somewhat
successful in drowning out that inner warning bell, what happens when
this conscience factor appearing in another person gets too close to us
for comfort? We feel threatened. Therefore, we feel compelled to
silence the "voice of conscience"- not just the one inside of us, but
the one in other people, which tends to revive our own conscience with
which we're at war. This means we can't tolerate dissent. Thus, many
of us ignorantly come to regard conscience as a problem, even an enemy,
and strive to eliminate it any way we can. The most loving stance for
others to take is not to serve as enablers of self-destructive and
immoral compulsions, but to stand in patient but firm opposition. In
other words, we need to side with the afflicted person's conscience.
Until we're ready to let the life of pride and sin inside us wither and
die, we find it nearly impossible to "listen to the right side."
innocent young child has a "bright light" quality that feels
mysteriously threatening to those in the grip of corruption. To the
person led by her sin nature, it's deeply satisfying to her to lead an
innocent one astray. Doing so serves to anesthetize her own conscience
and assuage her inner conflict by destroying the innocence of another
person, since that innocence tends to make her aware of her own
our conflicts contain the seeds of redemption - that is, as long as we
know we have a problem, there's hope for a change. But if we deny
there's a problem, we are robbed of the chance to find healing. A
generation ago, we understood there is such a thing as sin, and that sin
is a serious matter and to be avoided. Now there is no societal
consciousness of sin - only limitless "freedom," and "choice." Beguiled
by our scientific and technological advances into believing we are
enlightened, in reality as we move further and further away from our
Judeo-Christian spiritual roots, we actually understand less and less
about ourselves. We defend our own corruption at great peril.
due to a blindness that dominates our age - a blindness that obscures
that which every child knows naturally: we all have a "good side"
(conscience) as well as a "bad side" (sin nature). If we pay heed to
the wrong side, terrible consequences follow. In our nation that has
strayed far from God, many have forgotten the simple, intuitive
understanding of right and wrong that we grasped effortlessly when we
were innocent children, but which we were later intimidated or seduced
into doubting and abandoning. We mock and deny the "old truths" that,
unbeknownst to us, still form the very substance of everything valuable
we possess today. In our culture, the prevailing mind-set is,
increasingly, to mock and demonize those who rebuke our growing
infatuation with our lower nature. We've forgotten that we're here to
serve a much higher purpose than just fulfilling our own desires.
excerpts from David Kupelian's EXCELLENT book entitled HOW EVIL WORKS
A Different Kind of Before and After
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