1 Corinthians 10:29
ESV - 29 I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else's conscience?
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In his book Mere Christianity, the English Christian apologist C. S. Lewis expressed the difference by saying, "Supposing you hear a cry for help from a man in danger. You will probably feel two desires -- one a desire to give help, the other a desire to keep out of danger. But you will find inside you, in addition to these two impulses, a third thing which tells you that you ought to follow the instinct to help, and suppress the impulse to run away. Now this thing that judges between two instincts, that decides which should be encouraged, cannot itself be either of them. And it is usually telling us to side with the weaker of the two impulses." That "third thing" is our conscience. The mind formulates alternatives. The conscience speaks to which alternative we should follow (which may very well not correspond to the course of action that will give us the greatest degree of self-gratification or self-preservation).
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