In this world there is no shortage of those that claim to know the Truth and all too often pass judgment on others. I can only judge myself..> with any measure of righteousness... knowing even this is foolishness before the only righteous judge -- God. My conscience is my accuser (Satan) and as I struggle(as did Jacob) to be totally honest about self and clear my conscience before self and God, I realize my only way and path is mercy. I am not your judge, nor are you mine(at least that I should fear)... God is our judge and knows all. If we lie to ourselves about our cleanliness, then we must ask " can the kingdom of heaven(Truth) --- co- exist with our own deceit , lies, judgment of others, and our wrong thoughts.
To me the real fight is within, to overcome our own foolish selves, to seek God's Will for ourselves, to know that persecution and hardships will be on the path to keep us humble and test our faith ... Maybe the real test is how honest we are with self... seems to me that the best lessons Jesus taught, was to show the unrighteous self righteous that they stood self condemned.... facing a fork in the path --- repent or kill the Truth(Jesus) that assaulted their conscience (Jesus,trying to heal their soul through repentance ).
Only God can circumcise a conscience from its flesh and replace it with eternal bliss... this is what I seek and God alone can show me the way, truth, and path.