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I Timothy

So, I read through I Timothy. Slowly. Verrrrrrrrry slowly. And I noticed a few things... One thing that I noticed was how often Paul talks in there about consciences. The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (1:5) This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience. (1:18-19) [Deacons] must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. (3:9) Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared (4:1-2) There are also a number of beautiful doxologies. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16 But I received mercy for