Jesus is Not Your Conscience

3rd quarter of 16th century
3rd quarter of 16th century (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many Christians claim that Jesus provides them with comfort, inspiration, and guidance. If we assume that a historical Jesus actually lived, we can be quite sure that this person died a couple thousand years ago. He isn't still around communicating with Christians, and nobody has a personal relationship with him. Then who has been comforting and guiding Christians? They have. Perhaps it is time that they learn how to give themselves credit for what they have been doing all along.

Ever notice how what Christians claim Jesus tells them always falls into one of two categories? The first category consists of Jesus guiding them to do things they already want to do. It is fairly obvious what is happening here, isn't it? The second category involves Jesus guiding them to do things they already know they should do but find difficult for various reasons. Here Jesus is being a bit more useful perhaps, but this is what those of us without supernatural friends would refer to as having a conscience. Christians have one too even if many would prefer to personify theirs and call it Jesus.

Not only is Jesus not your conscience, but he's not your mind either. When evangelical fundamentalist Christians talk about how they are going to "pray on" something, this is what the rest of us refer to as thought. When faced with a difficult issue, we take our time to think about it. So does the Christian. They only difference is that they insist on calling it prayer and invoke supernatural agents unnecessarily. Sorry to have to be the one to tell you this, Christians, but that voice you hear in your head is yours.

Jesus is not your conscience or your mind, and he's also not responsible for the good things you do. I know some Christians are terrified of feeling any sort of pride because they have been told that pride is sinful by those wanting to control them. And yet, there is absolutely nothing wrong with feeling some pride in one's accomplishments. When you do something well, you should feel proud. You have earned the feeling of pride through your behavior.