RIGHTEOUS VS. SELF-RIGHTEOUS

(a spin-off of Dalene’s post)

righteous: 1. acting in accord with divine or moral law : free from guilt or sin 2: morally right or justifiable righteous decision.

self-righteous:  convinced of one’s own righteousness especially in contrast with the actions and beliefs of others : narrow-mindedly moralistic
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The reason that the comments left on Dalene’s site bothered me so much was because they took the topic from being “self-righteous” to mean “closed-minded.”.  I have problems with that.

We are NOT to be tolerant of other beliefs.  Any Christian (aka Christ follower) believes that – because that’s what Christ taught – He said “No one comes to the Father but by Me”. (John 14:6)  That I believe Him doesn’t mean I’m ‘close-minded’.  Teach me anything from scriptures, and I’ll be open to hearing it.  Tell me about what’s going on in the news (I don’t have TV) and I’ll devour it.  Share with me your opinion on CIO or breastfeeding, and I’ll listen.  Aren’t these signs of open-mindedness?  What does open-mindedness have to do with righteousness by definition, anyhow?

Several people commented that there was only One who is righteous, but I beg to differ.  The Bible says that apart from Christ, “There is none righteous, no not one.”  Romans 3:10 We were all born into sin, and had no hope.  But then it says that a righteousness from God apart from the law was made known… This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.”  Romans 3:21-22

This means that we can be righteous, just like the Lord, and many are!  The Word says that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)  Did you catch that?  That means that those comments at Dalene’s site saying that only God is righteous are just opinion, not scripture-backed truth.  Upon accepting Christ, we become righteous beings.  The sins we commit after that strip us of that title until we cast them upon the Lord and embrace His precepts yet again.  Which is why we are told to pray without ceasing, I’ll bet.  ((LoL!!))  And I’m not being ‘self-righteous’ in saying they are wrong – I’m taking their words and looking at scripture to show them to be either true or false… and then providing you with my findings.

The Biblical definition of “Righteous” is: But you know that He [Jesus] appeared so that He might take away our sins.  And in Him there is no sin.  Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray.  He who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous.  – 1 John 3:5,7  Do what is right, and you will be righteous.  That’s vague, isn’t it?  What is right, then?   How do we know?  We read the Word – it is the handbook for God’s will.  Take a look at this:

We urge you brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.  Make sure no one pays back wrong with wrong, but try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.  Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances… do not put out the Spirit’s fire, do not treat prophecy with contempt.  Test everything.  Hold on to the good.  Avoid every kind of evil.  – 1 Thessalonians 5:14-22

You were awfully self-righteous saying something about the SN blow-up last week, Anna!  But that’s just it – I wasn’t!  Look at that verse.  Make sure no one pays back wrong with wrong.  That’s exactly what I was doing.  And by definition, that’s righteousness, not self-righteousness.  So the self-righteous accusations don’t hold.  I’m not stating this as a pat on the back for that post – I am simply showing you why I did what I did, since I’ve been falsely accused of ‘self-righteousness’ .

The big discouragement for me is watching those around me – capable, intelligent people – just squandering their time and not learning or teaching or reaching.  They don’t  like to be shown the “do’s” in the Bible, either.

I feel so alone so often.  I don’t see anyone else posting Biblical insight on here.  It really saddens me… because I would love to learn.  I really would!!  I look around and say ‘why am I the only one searching scriptures and studying the word, and sharing what I learn with others?  Quiltinmomi is the only person I know that does this same thing.  Maybe I need to look for the righteous on Xanga.

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