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Convictions Of Conscience

In the carnal world such as it is (considering that Jesus Christ was the only human that never sinned), the only actual difference between someone who has a "conviction," and someone who does not, is that the one "without a record" never got caught for "every little thing" that they ever did. But a complete "record" nevertheless exists for everyone. Such was the case when the adulterous scribes and Pharisees brought a woman, who had been caught in adultery, to Jesus, not out of any sense of justice, but purely for more injustice, "tempting him, that they might have to accuse him."

"8:2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

8:3 And the scribes and Pharisees [see also The Origin Of The Essenes, Sadducees And Pharisees] brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 8:4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 8:5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? 8:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him.

But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 8:8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

8:9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

8:11 She said, No man, Lord.

And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." (John 8:2-11 KJV)

The fact that they thereafter sought to kill Jesus (see Lethal Lust) was proof that "being convicted by their own conscience" did not mean any sort of repentance. They simply feared that their own "record" of adultery would be made known, not by His statement "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her" alone (hypocrites always have a slippery denial and self-righteous rebuke when faced with just words - and Just Words), but also by whatever it was from the record written in their conscience that He miraculously put in writing, for all to see, when He "wrote on the ground."

It's A Sin To Claim To Be Without Sin

To deny one's sin isn't just lying to others; it's also lying to one's self because if truth doesn't come outside, it means that it isn't inside either, for "we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."

The Holy Scriptures

"1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." (1 John 1:8-10 KJV)

"Conviction of conscience," by definition, began when humans became sinners ("3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law" 1 John 3:4 KJV). They knew that a "record" of an event was "written" in their minds, so they became fugitives from the Law - they ran and hid, even though there was no escape from what was in them, making them run. When they were found out, the human denial and the blame game began - Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the devil - but the LORD blamed them.

"3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God [see Christ The Creator] walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done?

And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat." (Genesis 3:6-13 KJV)

The good news is that convictions of conscience are the means from which to repent and be forgiven ("their sins and iniquities will I remember no more"). A pardon awaits all who become worthy to be pardoned.

"10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

10:18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 10:21 And having an high priest over the house of God;

10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water." (Hebrews 10:16-22 KJV)

Fact Finder: How is a carnal conscience made clean?
See The Process Of Conversion

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