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What is the difference between Guilt and Conviction?

Asked by G. GRAY, Last updated: Dec 30, 2020

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Anthony Paul Bonadio

Anthony Paul Bonadio

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Anthony Paul Bonadio
Anthony Paul Bonadio, Teacher, MCA, PhD, Toledo

Answered Oct 14, 2020

Guilt and conviction are two terms that have to do with sin or error. Guilt has to do with a feeling that is associated with making error, sin, or committing an offense. When you are in guilt based on your feeling, you have no ray of redemption, but what rules your mind as at this moment is condemnation.

In the case of conviction, it can mean a strong belief about something, which is the meaning of the verb form "convince." It can also mean "being convicted" or being convinced of sin or wrongdoing. These two terms actually find their source in mind. However, one comes before one -conviction usually takes place before guilt.

This is so due to the fact that you are convinced of guilt. Conviction comes first before guilt. When a person feels guilty, he is liable to become depressed and probably looks done on himself. In the case of conviction, it is associated with receiving a revelation, which can lead to a change of attitude.

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D. Smith

D. Smith

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D. Smith
D. Smith, Musician, MA, Nottingham

Answered Oct 13, 2020

Guilt and Conviction both point out the same thing; it is often difficult to make a distinction between them since they are both related to the error.

Guilt can be defined as the feeling of having committed some crime or offense. Guilt occurs emotionally when a person releases his crimes or offense. Guilt causes shame to a person and also makes the person believe that they cannot recover from the evil acts and also not to be able to do any good again. In guilt, one does not feel the ray of redemption but only condemnation.

A conviction can also be called confutation. A conviction can be defined as the act of feeling convinced of wrongdoing or sin. A conviction can also be regarded as the catalyst that persuades a person to do good things. Conviction is more emotional as the person who does the crime is revealed and ready to change.

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Robert Hazlewood

Robert Hazlewood

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Robert Hazlewood
Robert Hazlewood, Senior Executive, MBA, Louisville

Answered Oct 12, 2020


Guilt and convictions are related to the legal world. Guilt is doing something wrong and taking responsibility for it. Guilt does not always have to be done through law. It could be an emotional feeling you have about something. It also does not have to be a crime committed.

For instance, a person could have guilt for forgetting someone's birthday. Overall, it is shame for what has been done. Conviction is when a person is convicted of something that has been done wrong. It could be a crime or it could be an internal conversation with oneself about something done wrong.

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Amla Amelia

Amla Amelia

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Amla Amelia

Answered Feb 17, 2020

Guilt and conviction are associated with error or sin. Guilt can be interpreted as the feeling of having done something wrong for which you must atone. Conviction, on the other hand, is the revelation of sin or evil deeds. This blame requires more atonement than guilt. Guilt is a more emotional feeling that occurs when someone feels shame about what he or she has done.

Conviction involves someone concluding that something needs to change. It is an opportunity for the person to regain their true self; however, sitting too long on unresolved guilt can lead to self-condemnation, rather than conviction.

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