Yeah, I’m getting my anti-Catholic “friends” taking me to task on the Pope’s thoughts about following one’s conscience. Specifically, the response that says that a person who does not know God can get into Heaven, provided they follow their conscience.
My initial response:
[quote]31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, 32 and all the nations* will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous* will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?38 When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ 40 And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
The righteous judged favorably because they did what was right, not because of their professed believe in Our Lord, not because of the church they attended, not because of anything else except they did what was right.
This friend is having a hard time with the idea that a person’s conscience can be “right” or “wrong.” Rather, he asserts that a person’s conscience is completely detached from the spiritual world. He asserts that the conscience is completely subjective and not objective. I replied with the following:
I’ll look for Bible references where it shows that man and woman, being made in the image and likeness of God, have written on their hearts the truth.
So, could you please help me to find a nice scriptural teaching that will help him to see that we all have the truth inscribed on our hearts???