Even though our conscience pains us and condemns us, conscience binds us to the world of unseen things and restrains us from sinking into bestiality.
Both conscience and shame demonstrate the brokenness and disintegration of human existence, the disharmony of human life, the distance between what a person ought to be and what a person really is.
Herman Bavinck. The Christian Family. Kindle 2012 (Pos. 399+414)