Frequently Asked Questions
A Conscience is the inner voice in a man that moves him to do good under any circumstances and to avoid evil by all means. At the same time, it is the ability to distinguish the one from the other. In the conscience, God speaks to man. Conscience is compared with an inner voice in which God manifests himself in a man. God is the one who becomes apparent in the conscience. When we say, “I cannot reconcile that with my conscience”, this means for a Christian, “I cannot do that in the sight of my Creator!” Many people have gone to jail or been executed because they were true to their conscience.
What is Conscience?
AIt is a moral tenet that no one may be compelled to act against his conscience, provided he acts within the limits of the common good. Anyone who overlooks the conscience of a person, ignores it and uses coercion, violates that person’s dignity. Practically nothing else makes a person more human than the gift of being able personally to distinguish good from evil and to choose between them. This is so even if the decision, seen in an objective light, is wrong. Unless man’s conscience has been incorrectly formed, the inner voice speaks in agreement with what is generally reasonable, just, and good in God’s sight. (YOUCAT questions 295-296)
Can someone be compelled to do something that is against his conscience?
AWe believe that every person is created in the image of God and has the natural right to be recognized as a free and responsible being. We all owe each other this duty of respect. Religious freedom is an inalienable right, and this right must be recognized and protected by the Constitution — and in the courts, if need be — whether you are a Christian, Jew, Muslim, or adherent to another faith or no faith at all.
Do you only represent Christians?