Regardless of your beliefs, environment and upbringing, three invisible forces guide each soul. As C.S. Lewis suggests in Mere Christianity, the conscience is a moral compass, providing a sense of right and wrong. Guilt is a by product of the conscience, like a warning signal that cuts to the heart when you sway off course. Finally, before there was a reality show, God uses fear to scare people straight off the road which leads to destruction, Matthew 7:13-14.
For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out, Romans 7:18.
The Law of Human Nature works hand in hand with the conscience, guilt and fear. Whether human beings like it or not, each have a curious idea within their mind that they ought to behave in a certain way, and cannot really get rid of it. Nonetheless, C.S. Lewis breaks the bad news in his chapter with the same title, individuals do not behave in this way despite their knowledge of the Law of Nature; breaking it like the apostle Paul’s confession in Romans 7.
Because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him, Mark 6:20.
An example of the conscience, guilt and fear can be found in Mark 6:14-28. King Herod probably felt it was wrong for him to take his brother’s wife while he was still living. John the Baptist’s teaching exposed Herod’s sin, causing his wife to hold a grudge, looking to eliminate this voice of reason. Meanwhile, despite his wrong actions, John’s words stirred Herod’s soul, instilling a sense of fear within. Although Herod had John the Baptist murdered to keep an oath made in public, this decision likely haunted the king for the rest of his life.
Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did, 1 Corinthians 10:6.
Today, a progressive society is hoping to nullify the conscience, guilt and fear. Trying to relive the Age of Enlightenment, educators are encouraging children to do what’s right in their own eyes. This philosophy didn’t work out so well for the Judges of the Old Testament so why listen to this lie now. Rather, be open to the guiding light of your conscience. Treat guilt like a step in the wrong direction and continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, Philippians 2:12.
by Jay Mankus