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It is not often that we hear about our conscience and how it is assessed by God. The New Testament, however, provides guidance on how our consciences are used. Below are some of the verses in the New Testament with the word "conscience" in them.

Romans chapter 2:12-16 (NIV) offers the following on our consciences. There are enough verses together on this and similar in topic to surrounding verses that there is little doubt that our consciences are critical, even if the action or thought that we committed or didn't commit is not explicitly stated in a commandment or part of our local written laws and customs.
"(12) All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law.
(13) For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God's sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.
(14) (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,
(15) since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.)
(16) This will take place on the day when God will judge men's secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares."

Other verses which contain conscience in the wording include the following:

Romans 9:1 KJV - "I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,"

1 Corinthians 8:12 KJV - "But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ."

1 Corinthians 10: KJV -
(27) "If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake.
(28) But if any man say unto you, this is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof.
(29) Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience?"

2 Corinthians 1:12 KJV - "For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward."

2 Corinthians 4:2 KJV - "But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God."

1 Timothy 1:5 KJV - "Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned"

1 Timothy 3:9 KJV - "Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience."

1 Timothy 4:2 KJV - "Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron"

Titus 1:15 KJV - "Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled."

Hebrews 13:18 KJV - "Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly."

1 Peter 2:19 KJV - "For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully."

1 Peter 3:16 KJV - "Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ."

The best way to found all the places that the word conscience appears in the Bible is to use some of the many references for Bible study which are available on the internet.



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