3 Biblical Reasons to Trust Your Conscience

by Juan Zung

My Position: Your conscience matters!

My 3 Biblical Reasons to Trust Your Conscience:

1) We are made in the image and likeness of God

In the first biblical creation account, God made us in His image and likeness. I believe this means more than that we look like God, but that we are made to act like God.

“Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” [1]

From Malick’s *Tree of Life*

2) The fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil

When the creation story is retold, we see Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit. This fruit is from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and its blessing/curse transforms them/us, from blissful innocence to weary responsibility. Again, as with the first story, God declares that humans are like Him. He says, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil.” [2]

Dang, that’s some pricy knowledge!

We gave up oneness with God; in return we have our conscience. I feel like, when we say things like “our feelings are not important, it’s what is written in the Bible that really counts,” we sacrifice this extremely expensive wisdom.

3) The Holy Ghost

As Christians, we believe that we are transformed and born again in the Spirit. [3]

John explains it best when he says, “You have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it.”

He goes on to say, “the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things.” [4]

Another image from Malick’s *Tree of Life*


A) The Bible tells us that we are are made in God’s image in order to rule the world. And that we have the knowledge of good and evil and that Christ is in us. So, we don’t need the Bible.

B) We are taught that the Bible is the inerrant and infallible word of God and the ultimate authority in revealing God to humanity. So, we need the Bible.

What to do with this contradiction?

I believe they can both be true. As with many things, I think our troubles come from excluding one for the other.

My observation: Humans do a bad job of holding opposing ideas without trying to choose one over the other. I think this happens when we try to decide if we should follow our conscience or follow the rules. Are we the rule bound Pharisees that “search the scriptures… yet refuse to come to Jesus that we may have life?”[5] Or, are we the “man of lawlessness” that “takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God?” [6]

We’re afraid to be either, but really we are neither. Things get inflated sometimes when we deal in absolutes. We are simply common things with uncommon blessings. We have been given much and we need much. This is what it means to be human. To be so godlike but yet need God so badly.


[0] Originally posted at Ghozt Writer: 11/09/2012

[1] Genesis 1:26

[2] Genesis 3:22

[3] John 3

[4] 1 John 2

[5] John 5:39-40. pronouns altered

[6] 1 Thessalonians 2


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