The conscience is a strange thing, the dictionary definition is:
A person’s moral sense of right and wrong, viewed as acting as a guide to one’s behaviour:
Throughout history man has tried to clean his conscience, absolve himself from guilt and shame. But with little effect.
In the book of Hebrews it talks about the Old Testament sacrifices saying that they were offered year after year, and they still felt guilt and shame. They didn’t do the job, yet there was a yearning among the people to have their conscience cleansed, their moral compass was telling them that something was wrong and they needed to have this guilt removed. They did as they were directed and to a degree it appeased something inside. But it was not effectual, for they had to offer the sacrifices year after year. It says in Hebrews:
It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. (Hebrews 10:4 NIV)
It was sin that gave the need to have the conscience cleansed. Throughout history mans has tried to justify his actions or say sin is not sin and made allowances. But you cannot just re-write your conscience. Admittedly, through constant abuse of your conscience … Read More »
For whatever reason, this memory came back to me today.
I must have been 9 years old at the time. It was a beautiful summers evening, the kind of evening you dream about. My elder brother and I were friends with our neighbours, three boys of similar ages. This particular evening they also had their cousins over. We used to play in the fields together and ride our motorbikes. This particular evening we couldn’t decide what to do, maybe it was because there cousins were over too.
We eventually decided to have a stone fight. It’s the kind of thing boys do. In hindsight I wouldn’t recommend it. As I think about the evening it must have been late summer as the fields we played in were full of round bails.
The game started off as a bit of fun, but somehow the game play changed and it turned out being everyone against me. I was hiding out behind a bale and they were throwing there stones. I threw as good as I could, one against many. We were all pretty rubbish shots as none of the stones met with their targets. Except for one, the one I threw. As I … Read More »