Apr 18 2014
Acts 10:1-29, 44-48 Cornelius: a moral Roman hears the good news
What is this business of following ones conscience? People believe in it so strongly. And it’s not just the religious; atheists think it’s a good thing too. The Bible verse above is about Cornelius who was a Roman soldier in New Testament times. He was neither Jew nor Christian, but believed in God and gave generously to the poor. The Jews recognized this and respected him for it. But he wasn’t the only Gentile to have a conscience, there were others. Seeing this among Greeks and Romans, the apostle Paul said ‘When Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them’ (Romans 2:14-15).
Paul is saying that many people who do not know God’s law find the law within them. Their hearts tell them what is right and wrong and they practice the essence of the law given to Moses. More