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On conscience, sensuality and shame

It is possible for a person who rejects the existence of a God to devise for himself a system of outlooks and values which allow him to sink to the most morally depraved of states and do the most wicked things without a qualm of conscience. Consider the following:


Conscience is merely our own judgment of the right or wrong of our actions, and so can never be a safe guide unless enlightened by the word of God.             Tryon Edwards



We never do evil so thoroughly and heartily as when led to it by an honest but perverted, because mistaken, conscience.             Tryon Edwards




Conscience tells us that we ought to do right, but it does not tell us what right is -- that we are taught by God's word.            H. C. Trumbull




The worst man is least troubled by his conscience.



It is astonishing how soon the whole conscience begins to unravel if a single stitch drops. One single sin indulged in makes a hole you could put your head through.         C. Buxton



He that loses his conscience has nothing left that is worth keeping.



Sensuality is the grave of the soul.     Channing



Sordid and infamous sensuality, the most dreaded evil that issued from the box of Pandora, corrupts the entire heart and eradicates every virtue.             Fenelon



The body of a sensualist is the coffin of a dead soul.             Bovee



Those wretches who never have experienced the sweets of wisdom and virtue, but spend all their time in revels and debauches, sink downward day after day, and make their whole life one continued series of errors. They taste no real or substantial pleasure; but, resembling so many brutes, with eyes always fixed on the earth, and intent upon their laden tables, they pamper themselves in luxury and excess.       Plato



I regard that man as lost, who has lost his sense of shame.    Plautus



Shame is a great restraint upon sinners at first; but that soon falls off: and when men have once lost their innocence, their modesty is not like to be long troublesome to them. For impudence comes on with vice, and grows up with it. Lesser vices do not banish all shame and modesty; but great and abominable crimes harden men's foreheads, and make them shameless. When men have the heart to do a very bad thing, they seldom want the face to bear it out.    Tillotson



When lust, by unchaste looks, loose gestures, and foul talk, but most by lewd and lavish acts of sin, lets in defilement to the inward parts, the soul grows clotted by contagion, embodies and imbrutes till she quite lose the divine property of her first being.      Milton



The man is dead who for the body lives.



Uncleanness is the parent of blindness of mind.



Void of purity in morals, faith is but a hypocrite of words.   M. Tupper



Dec 2015

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