This outer approach merely implants knowledge into our memory banks. But internal truth and knowledge penetrates deeper into our minds and hearts. Internal truth represents the truth about ourselves and what kind of a person we really are.
The problems in the world are caused mostly because modern life has taught us to insulate outer knowledge from inner knowledge. In other words, what we know is not necessarily what we do. Hypocrisy, deceit, cruelty, corruption and envy get their power precisely from external truth and internal truth not being in touch with each other. Therefore, self-examination of our inner motives has become atrophied as a cognitive function.
But unbeknownst to us, the Lord God mercifully stores deeper truth and feelings of spiritual love in a protected and deeper layer of our psyche (the subconscious) where it can later serve as a means by which individuals can measure and challenge themselves towards obtaining legitimate spiritual growth.
God performs this hidden function with all people in the world, religious or not!
All true religion, regardless of its differing external rituals, attempts to reconnect outer with inner. In this way, the worldly information that is stored in our memories can be enlivened by these deeper inclinations, stored up by God, and be disposed into a more noble order and worldview.
The successful connecting and linkage between the outer and inner requires inner sincerity.
The resulting clash between external truth and internal truth (what we know and what we do) within us is what activates and creates CONSCIENCE. Conscience is an inner dictate and represents a plane or matrix where God makes His abode in our lives (and prepares us for heaven).
Changing the knowledge we collect from the world and store in our memories doesn’t change who we really are. For instance, we can avoid getting a speeding ticket by remembering to follow external laws (posted speed limits) or by following an inner dictate (posted in the heart). The latter represents an approach to life for spiritual rather than worldly reasons.