We Know God’s Truth Through Conscience
By Rick Warren
“Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it” (Romans 2:14 NLT, second edition).
God leads us to discover his truth not only through creation but also through our conscience.
Some things are hard wired in us by God; we know they are always right or always wrong, no matter what anybody else says. Our conscience tells us this. The Bible says,“Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right” (Romans 2:14-15, NLT, second edition).
Say we take a random sample of 1 million people from around the planet and put them on a corner in New York City. We say, “Here’s a 92-year-old blind lady with a walker. She needs to cross the street. Tell me which of these three options is morally right: One, you can let her try to cross on her own. Two, you can help her cross the street. Three, you can push her into oncoming traffic.”
The apostle Paul says, even non-Christians have been wired to know the right thing to do (see Romans 2:14-16). Regardless of whether or not we follow it, every one of us knows what is right because God has given us a conscience.
We are also led to the truth through careful consideration, through God’s commandments, and through Jesus Christ, which we’ll explore as the week continues.
Talk It Over
- How does it make you feel to do the opposite of what your conscience tells you is right?
- If your conscience leads you to discover truth, how can you find out more about God’s truth?
- How does following your conscience make you more like Christ?
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