If someone asked you, 'Are you a righteous person'? What would be your answer?

by Esse quam videri 47 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • freemindfade

    Tough question, at one time eating pork and shellfish was immoral or unrighteous according to the desert god YHWH. I love those things! So on a scale of 1-10? Who's scale? I think it would need to be broken down like this:

    Kindess: 10

    behavior with women 3

    and so on lol

    Righteousness is linked to morality no? it used to be righteous to have slaves but not eat shellfish in the OT. The only things that I would consider unrighteous would be those things that harm others or society. Murder, theft, and so on.

  • millie210

    I guess my take on this is a little different. I view "righteous" as a person who does "right" things.

    As defined above this would include things that are decent and upstanding.

    People can rise to this mark through diligent attention to what they do and dont do. They may/may not however be "good" in their heart of hearts.

    There seems to be separate functions at work there.

    Perhaps a person is living a very upstanding life due to their political career or pressure from family or some other source. That doesnt speak to what they would really do if they thought they could get away with it. That side of them is their heart.

    What is that old saying? "Reputation is what you do when you think people are watching, character is what you do whenyou think theyre not?"

    I think of the Pharisees where they bragged about giving the tenth of the mint and the dill and so on...they congratulated themselves on being right according to the laws standards.

    On the other hand. in Ro. 5:7 we have the contrast between a "righteous" and a "good" person.

    7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.

    this seems to indicate a contrast in how people "sense" the difference. Good people do not always get it right. A lot of times they live lives that are riddled with flaws and bad decisions. That is why we will hear people say "he/she was such a good person - its really too bad...." when this kind of person dies of a drug overdose or some other sad event occurs.

    Sometimes a righteous person appears good because of their deeds. But humans have the inherent ability to be able to tell when someone simply has a good heart.

    These are the people that everyone can identify above and beyond what their actions are saying.

    I have always thought that contrast in Romans was very thought provoking in its implication that we can tell the difference in the two.

  • zombie dub
    zombie dub
    I am 232% righteous in the sight of my dog
  • _Morpheus

    Well Esse, i will answer with a quote that commented on righeousness and our perceptions of it:

    "There's a passage I got memorized. Ezekiel 25:17. "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon you."

    Now... I been sayin' that for years. And if you ever heard it, that meant your butt. You'd be dead right now. I never gave much thought to what it meant. I just thought it was a cold-blooded thing to say someone before I popped a cap in his him...But I saw something this mornin' made me think twice.

    See, now I'm thinking: maybe it means you're the evil man. And I'm the righteous man. And Mr. 9mm here... he's the shepherd protecting my righteous butt in the valley of darkness. Or it could mean you're the righteous man and I'm the shepherd and it's the world that's evil and selfish..... I'd like that. But that ain't the truth. The truth is you're the weak. And I'm the tyranny of evil men. But I'm tryin', esse. I'm tryin' real hard to be the shepherd."
  • Xanthippe
    If someone asked you, 'Are you a righteous person'? What would be your answer?'

    I would say define righteousness and they would then give their opinion. As Cantleave says opinions are like assholes, everyone's got one.

    (Font went crazy, not deliberately shouting)

  • Vidiot
    I'm, like, totally righteous, dude! Gnarly!
  • freemindfade

    I'd say Im a level ten righteous guy, then smack the nearest lady on the @$$, take a sip of scotch, and go find a cigar

  • James Mixon
    James Mixon

    Righteousness by the Bible standards or human standards?

    Righteousness as "behavior that is morally justifiable or right". Such

    behavior is characterized by accepted standards of morality, justice,

    virtue or uprightness. But the bible standard of human righteousness is

    God's own perfection in EVERY attribute, every attitude, every behavior and

    every word.

  • cofty
    "Righteous". What a quaint word. Who talks like that?
  • cofty
    characterized by accepted standards of morality, justice, virtue or uprightness.

    Then unless christians want to argue that genocide, kidnap, forced marriage and slavery is acceptable, god is unrighteous.

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