With all the craziness going on in the world you might ask, "What gives?" Well for some, and possibly many, a lot of folks are "brain dead"....and if not dead, their brains have been fried.
But what does this mean Kobe Bryant?!
"The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron." (1 Tim 4:1-2)
And this next part probably sounds like some of your friends...
"3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods..." (1 Tim 4:3)
I will always eat pork, but if it bothers you, I'll take mine to go.
Having a seared conscience is a turr-ible thing. Especially if you think the forbidding to marriage is for marriages outside of God's design for the family...
What is a conscience used for? It is: an inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one's behavior. A seared conscience is one which doesn't function properly. This means that your guide to the difference between right / wrong, holy / defile, pure / immoral...is off.
Also, for those who are at certain extremes in their theology / praxis (e.g. Legalism) there is an issue with the conscience in these instances as well.
Our conscience is what convicts us in combination with our hearts and spirits:
"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 2:15)
Some interpretations even go as far to suggest that once your conscience has been seared, that's it! I personally wouldn't put it past God to be able to heal a seared conscience. The only sin which is not forgiven is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. (See: Mark 3:28-29) There's always time to repent, until there's no more time and even then you'll still confess. (See: Romans 14:7-12)
1) What is a seared conscious?
3) 1 Timothy 4