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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.
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."
"1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
"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.
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.
Fact Finder: How is a carnal conscience made clean?