Shared Knowledge with God
“the knowledge they share with God, in the original religious formulation, or the knowledge they share with other members of their community, in secular understandings.”* The quote struck me. It was a definition of conscience.
What does it mean to share knowledge with God? Would I define conscience in any other way? Where does a deep sense of knowing the difference between right and wrong come from if it doesn’t come from God? If it does come from God, would that then not be knowledge shared with God?
Honestly, I love that such a brutal book on the ethics of war (secular not Christian) left me with an uplifting and redemptive thought.
The book itself was challenging and not cheerful. Parts horrified me even with my B.A. in history and my background in military history. It was filled with blood from beginning to end. Because it was a book on ethics, we studied about massacres, genocides, atomic bombs and the surprisingly devastating siege.
Little known fact: more citizens died in the siege of Leningrad in World War II than in both atomic bombings and at Tokyo, Dresden and Hamburg.**
The book was disturbing from beginning to end. I am glad a few pages from its end, it cheered me by reminding me of Romans 2:14-15.
“Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.”
Today as you go about your day, consider the common knowledge you have with God and celebrate its truth! When your conscience condemns you as you are about to do something, stop, look up (and around), remember that your conscience is shared knowledge with God, stop and do what your conscience celebrates instead.
Know that God loves you, and celebrate that you innately know what is righteous, pure, holy and true!!!
*Quote from Just and Unjust Wars by Michael Walzer. Fifth edition. 2015. Page 342.