Scriptures declares that everyman has a conscience.
John 1:9, That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
The conscience is: the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one's conduct or motives, impelling one toward right action.
Scriptures declares that this conscience can be corrupted into not working correctly.
1 Timothy 4:2, Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
In a recent article from the Washingtonpost.com, the claim is “If It Feels Good to Be Good, It Might Be Only Natural”.
“Grafman and others are using brain imaging and psychological experiments to study whether the brain has a built-in moral compass. The results -- many of them published just in recent months -- are showing, unexpectedly, that many aspects of morality appear to be hard-wired in the brain, most likely the result of evolutionary processes that began in other species.”
Notice the “most likely the result of evolutionary processes that began in other species” is not proven by the study but simply an out to reframe from acknowledgment of a Creator and that it has come from the very Creator Himself as He created us.
The study also shows as any person can attest to that some questions are simply to answer yes or no whereas some take more thought. The examples they give are:
1] “Simple moral decisions -- is killing a child right or wrong?”
2] “Greene asked volunteers to imagine that they were hiding in a cellar of a village as enemy soldiers came looking to kill all the inhabitants. If a baby was crying in the cellar, Greene asked, was it right to smother the child to keep the soldiers from discovering the cellar and killing everyone?”
Just as some of the moral and spiritual dilemmas we have each day, we need that personal relationship with Christ to help guide us to the right actions in our lives. Through prayer, reading and studying the Bible, fasting, and knowing the things that affect us we can make better decisions than we can simply by relying on ourselves and how we perceive the current situation without any external knowledge.
Of course science falls short in acknowledging the depravity of fallen mankind in that there is always a search for a reason as to why people should not be punished for immoral acts simply because “they can’t help themselves”.
“While one implication of such findings is that people with certain kinds of brain damage may do bad things they cannot be held responsible for, the new research could also expand the boundaries of moral responsibility.”
So now when someone sins they can blame it on a “bad moral sensor” that evolution has given them. I can see that being the next line of defense in murder cases now.
Man has been given a conscience and man is a sinner. We choose to do right or do wrong, and are ultimately accountable to God, the Creator who has built that internal moral meter in each one of us.
Have you seared yours?