A conscience is an inner feeling or voice viewed as an acting guide to do the right thing. When individuals make a decision against this invisible force, guilt is conceived which is designed to convict souls of any wrong behavior. However, if human hearts embrace evil doing, consciences can become seared, disabling this special sense from God.
But the [Holy] Spirit explicitly and unmistakably declares that in later times some will turn away from the faith, paying attention instead to deceitful and seductive spirits and doctrines of demons, 1 Timothy 4:1.
Apparently, the searing of consciences first became visible in the middle of the first century. When Jewish religious leaders failed to accept the teaching of Jesus, manmade doctrines were created to justify this denial. According to the passage above, this gave the apostle Paul an opportunity to introduce the concept of seductive spirits and doctrines of demons that feed on seared consciences.
[Misled] by the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared as with a branding iron [leaving them incapable of ethical functioning], 1 Timothy 4:2.
Paul narrows in on key indicators to identifying seared consciences. When anyone is incapable of functioning ethically, this is a tale tell sign that a conscience has been seared. Every winter, I burn my tongue at least once due to drinking hot chocolate too fast. This deadens my ability to taste anything for a day or two. Unfortunately, the consequence of seared consciences often result in a devious, immoral and unconscionable lifestyle.
by Jay Mankus