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Then, this morning I read this quote by Stephen Spielberg given at the Harvard commencement speech: "Your conscience shouts, 'Here's what you should do,' while your intuition whispers, 'Here's what you could do.' Listen to that voice that tells you what you could do. Nothing will define your character more than that."
Well, Spielberg is right that ignoring one's conscience becomes a defining moment, but he believes, in a good way. No wonder there is so much moral confusion in this world, when the people our culture honors gives so much gobbledygook for advice to our young people on the cusp of adulthood.
I get his point. If you spread your wings, nothing is impossible for you.
However, the Bible says, Nothing is Impossible with God.
We are called to be perfect, as God is perfect. But we are not God. We are to be all we can be before Him, but the power to do all things comes not from us, but from Him. We are deluded if we think nothing is impossible if we just have the will.
Send the stars from the sky. Knock the Earth out of orbit. Create life.
Ignore what you should do to grasp what you could do?? Hogwash!
Our consciences are planted in us as a moral guide. Guilt is not bad -- it is protective. If we ignore our consciences, we are doomed. But Spielberg is correct about one thing. The more we shut down our conscience, the less it impedes our desires. Sorry folks, but in my experience that is not a path towards light, but towards darkness.
I take it seriously because a little baby's life is hanging in the balance of this message.
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.