Some call guilt a tool of the devil. That is heresy because guilt is of the conscience which is a faculty endowed to us as human beings. Guilt is one of the factors that separate men from the beasts. Consider guilt as a check-valve which kicks in when the steam of wrong ensues. It keeps the pressure down to do even more wrong. Indeed, it makes people desire relief so that they can feel better. People get sick because of unresolved guilt. It's spiritual, emotional, and physical sickness.
Conscience is a measuring tool which our mind uses to judge right from wrong. Normal people have a conscience; psychopaths have either a weak or no conscious. Whether people like it or not, civil values are based on divine law. To deny the correlation is ignorance or denial:
Galatians 3:19 "Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster."People have always sinned. They rationalized sin because it wasn't spelled out. In his wisdom, God spelled it out. Thus the Law was created. It provided regulations for right living. For instance, the Ten Commandments are a teaching tool, so that we can evaluate our wrongs. Our conscience uses the Law to evaluate our spiritual condition. It's not to damn, but to save In order to bring us to rightness with God, we must feel conviction (that we are outside of the Law), and guilt, (remaining outside the Law). Conviction is God's indictment that we are guilty of offending him, and guilt is his mechanism for bringing us back to a right status. Psychopaths care little whether they are in good standing with civil law. Likewise, the reprobate care little whether they are in good standing with God.
Reprobate is refusing to accept the standards of God. God's standard is that since all have sinned, all must seek forgiveness. In order to be forgiven, one must feel convicted and suffer guilt. The inability to bow to God's rule is reprobate. Sinners can either care little for God's standards, or care little about their eternal destination. Because of rebellion or apathy, they damn themselves to eternal hell-fire.
Reprobates are the spiritually psychopathic, rejecting conviction and feeling no guilt. Before one can repent and be forgive, sinners must feel conviction and have remorse enough to repent. The reprobate sinner builds up an immunity to guilt from childhood. After success after success of enjoying the fruits of sin without penalty, the sinner's heart gets calloused, much as the palm does with hard work.
Matthew 13:15 (NIV) "For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them."The condition of the heart, the conscience, is so calloused that sinners are reprobate. Their state is the same as the psychological psychopath. Those who are reprobate are spiritual psychopaths. It's a sorry state to be a psychopath, and apathy to wrong and caring not about penalty is the state of the psychopath. It's a shame that some are so spiritually calloused that God himself dying on the cross means nothing. What is worse is that some believe that, but still reject it because the pleasure of sin outweighs the gift of eternal life so much that they fail to dwell on the inevitable: That all men have sinned and deserve hell, and that Jesus Christ is the only Way to salvation!
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