Thursday, Jan. 26
Does God have a conscience? This question can’t be very high on theologians list of priority questions. In fact, I’ve never heard of anyone raising the question. It’s answer would not be a life changing event. It would probably not affect you at all. It could be classified as irrelevant, meaningless, or even inane. But because I have a curiosity streak in me, indulge me as I pursue it, OK? Since God made us in his image, and we have a conscience, there’s at least a possibility that God has a conscience. A proper definition of the word might me in order. It comes from two words which literally mean “with knowledge.” In particular, it implies the knowledge of good and evil, i.e., morality. But it also has an added implication, a propensity toward goodness. We would all agree that God is moral. In fact, he is totally moral, infinitely moral, morality personified. Most theologians would say that it is impossible for God to sin, i.e., to do anything immoral. So does he have a propensity to not sin? A propensity seems to indicate at least a possibility of choosing the opposite—to sin. Evidently Satan thought that Jesus could sin or he wouldn’t have tried to tempt him. I say “tried” because if he couldn’t have sinned, neither could he have been tempted. Of course, Satan might have thought Jesus could sin because he was also man. Which brings us back to “square one.” Maybe we are defining conscience wrong. God knew about sin, even though never committing a sin. Does that qualify for having a conscience? And if you want to totally avoid all this speculation, just remember that God did not make us into little gods; he made us like God. We are not omniscient, nor eternal for instance. And neither are we merely spirits. Our souls live within a physical body. So we are not totally like God, either in scope or makeup. But if you want to get at least something out of this blog, think about this: Once sin pervaded all of humanity, that propensity toward good became just the opposite, a propensity toward evil, something that only God can change. And that is cause for praising and worshiping him.