A Guilty Conscience!
In today’s society we may be able to do whatever we please but in the end we must be able to look at ourselves in the mirror. We may act boldly in the crowd but what about our thoughts when we are left alone? Though men may be able to fight the strongest of foes from without, many have crumbled when faced with that ‘still small voice’ from within. For most people the hardest thing to do is to simply live with themselves. Modern psychology has never solved the problem of guilt in the human mind. How is it that a man knows that he has done something wrong and feels guilty because of it? Since no one can explain the phenomenon of the human conscience he tries to excuse it by shifting the blame.
Today, we are told that the criminal is a victim - A drunkard need not feel guilty for he merely suffers from a disease like cancer. If one becomes helplessly addicted to a particular vice he too is only a victim of genetics or the environment. Today, no one is responsible for what he does because he is only a product of his genetics and the environment. There are now numerous "diseases" and "conditions" that are ascribed to people’s actions. The idea that an inner conscience evokes shame and guilt for one’s actions is utter nonsense in the brutal ‘survival of the fittest’ ideology. But all these ideas can not take away the guilt of one who knows in his heart that he has done wrong. Try as he may, man can not escape his conscience.
Man is constantly attempting to excuse his actions - his sins - by rewording them to appear in a better light, so we know that this "conscience" did not originate with man. Man would not appoint a prosecutor, judge, and tormentor against himself within his own soul. It is not a result of education for even the most ignorant and unlearned can understand guilt. Even children, in the earliest age, understand right and wrong, and show signs of guilt for wrongdoing.
If there is an effect there must be a cause. The eyes and ears of man were designed to see light and hear sounds. The light did not create the eye nor did the eye create the light - they were designed - one for another - by the infinitely reasonable master Designer who prepared them for each other. So, the undeniable existence of the conscience proves the existence of a moral and holy God. This God has an absolute law which He has inscribed in the souls of men.
God created man in His own image and likeness. Man then sinned against God’s law and rebelled against Him. From the moment when sin entered the world the conscience which God had made was awakened and man knew good and evil. We do not have to be told that stealing is wrong, we already know it is. The conscience is the light of God that "lighteth every man that cometh into the world." (John 1:9) The conscience is what tells us that we are sinners and that we are guilty in the eyes of God. The purpose of the conscience is not to drive us into despair but rather to lead us to God. If we understand that the conscience is the reflection of God’s law in our hearts then the answer to a guilty conscience is simple. We need the forgiveness of God. For this purpose Christ came and shed His blood. "In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins. . . ." (Colossians 1:14)