Dear Ones of the Un-Blog World,
LeAnn asked a question I haven’t thought about much. Please give us your opinion.
John, I have a question for you. I have always associated conscience with the feelings of guilt or approbation i experience, but I find that I occasionally feel guilty when I am doing the RIGHT thing, like when I joined the church. I recognize that my feelings were out of concern for my parents’ and spouse’s feelings, but it is difficult to discern and follow one’s conscience when it seems so conflicted.
I also read Paul’s discussion of conscience in 1Corinthians, where he talks about the weaker consciences of newer members perhaps being offended by seeing him eating food offered to idols, which is not actually wrong in and of itself, and it causing them to slip. If something is not wrong, why can it make us feel guilty?
I am trying to understand better my conscience and discern the different voices and pulls that I feel. Am I assigning feelings of guilt and anxiety to my conscience when they are actually from another source? Can conscience be subjective (which could be read into the “see that ye do not judge wrongfully, for with that same judgment which ye judge ye shall also be judged” statement)?
Thanks for all your unblogs. They are a great blessing to me and have led me to see and understand things I had not before, and have given me courage to follow the Lord more perfectly.
I’m not sure about guilt. It seems that both the Holy Spirit and your own mind can generate guilt. I know my wife feels guilt about everything from not going to every wedding within the solar system to kids starving in Africa. I don’t experience guilt unless I do something which injures someone. Perhaps it is a matter of training yourself to only respond to feelings which are directing us to do right, and to serve God. The starving kids in Africa may not be within our reach.
Sorry I don’t have a better answer.
Let’s see what the Un-Blog family thinks.