How would you describe a righteous man?

@bagarad (13032)
Paso Robles, California
September 11, 2011 8:53pm CST
In an age where many people think there are no absolutes, and that everything is relative, is there still such a thing as a righteous man? What do you think it means to be a righteous man? Maybe you could describe someone you know that you consider a righteous man or woman.
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@tiffnkeat (1679)
• Singapore
12 Sep 11
Any definition by human standards will fail the test of describing a righteous man. The bible do offer guidelines to righteous living if you are a Christian. It can be found in the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:3-12. While you are there, you might consider the part of being salt and light of the world from verses 13-16 as well.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
12 Sep 11
Actually, you might go all the way through the end of chapter 6 so you can cover the thought life, prayer, attitudes toward money, and anxiety, as well.
@peavey (16876)
• United States
12 Sep 11
"There is none righteous, no, not one." Which is to say that no one is righteous without being made righteous through believing on Jesus. That's the only thing that can make any human being righteous.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
12 Sep 11
Amen, sister. There's not much one can add to that.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
13 Sep 11
Jesus Christ is a righteous man, but HE is also God. I think there are a few men who qualify, but one does not know the inner workings of their hearts. I would say that any man who lives a truly Christian life is a righteous man. I do know a few, but I cannot let you know their true name. That is the whole problem with that question. If out know personally a righteous man, unless you know someone who is in the public eye, you cannot let anyone know here.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
13 Sep 11
One doesn't have to name names to describe a person. One only has to tell how he or she behaves -- maybe one example of something that especially impressed you about the way he or she lives life.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
13 Sep 11
I can only think of people who do a lot of volunteering and cooking for others, give people rides all the time. And people who always read their bible and live a Christian lifestyle. I have quite a number of friends who do that, but then we are not supposed to announce that we do these good things. So while my friends did help me, they did not think much about it and when I do things I sort of think it is natural, so us it does not seem righteousness.
@estherlou (5017)
• United States
12 Sep 11
Righteous is not a word I've heard in a long time. I would probably say honorable, or upright. Hmmm...makes you stop and think. As a Christian, and a prayerful person, my definition would be someone who tries to live a life of high morals. Is ethical, doesn't believe in lying but in honesty; doesn't cheat. I tend to think of someone who is trying to live a life of holiness in their everyday life. Not sure if this is where you were going or not.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
12 Sep 11
I'm not sure I was going anyplace, but I was interested in what other people thought. My own belief is the Biblical one that no person but Jesus was completely righteous in every sense of the word, and no one can be really righteous on his own. But I was also interested in what people who arent' Christians think about this.
@estherlou (5017)
• United States
13 Sep 11
I don't think I've ever heard of Jesus referred to as righteous either. He was always called sinless and perfect. The definition of righteous is right·eous [rahy-chuhs] Show IPA adjective 1.characterized by uprightness or morality: a righteous observance of the law. 2.morally right or justifiable: righteous indignation. 3.acting in an upright, moral way; virtuous: a righteous and godly person. It's interesting how different parts of the country can interchange similar words and use them for the same meanings as others. I just haven't heard righteous used in years.
@choybel (5059)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
Before I responded to this, I stopped to really think what a righteous person would be for me. After giving it a long thought, I realize I had no final answer to it. I believe in errors and forgiveness and all, so I really don't know where to set the standard.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
12 Sep 11
There's a lot of wisdom in what you say. Righteousness is a relative term, yet most cultures would probably reccognize the same kind of person as righteous. I you ask he average person who knows history which man was more righteous, Hitler or Winston Churchill, most people would proably come to the same conclusion unless they had a very different standard than most people.
@choybel (5059)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
I just don't want to be the judge of anybody. I am a very forgiving person, which is probably why it is very difficult for me to say which person really is better.
@gk655321 (236)
12 Sep 11
A righteous man would be my grandfather. He's 77 years old and always had to work very hard for what little he's had. Never was able to be around for his kids games or anything because he was always working. His hands locked up from arthritis and that's when he stopped working, but he never complained much of anything. Always keeps his cool about things and tries to help who he can. Righteous men definitely exist there's just not very many of them left it seems. Someone who always keeps their word and tries to stay true to himself that's what I think a righteous man is.
@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
12 Sep 11
I had a dad like that, too. Like all men, he was wrong sometimes, but if you took his life as a whole, he was righteous.
@gk655321 (236)
12 Sep 11
It's always good to have someone like that to look up to. Everyone's got their flaws, but if you try to do the best with what you have that's what counts, I think.
@drannhh (15241)
• United States
17 Mar 12
In our society the term "righteous" can have opposite meanings. I know many who are self-righteous, for example. But I think there are absolutes. Not everything is a shade of gray. But in the sense of being genuine or virtuous, I think there are many righteous people in my community and around the world. In fact, I think that MOST people are righteous. It is just that the ones who are not get all of the press. Well, you started this 7 months ago, but I am just catching up on old notifications from myLot and I think it is a fine discussion, so I chimed in.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
17 Mar 12
I'm glad you did chime in. I'd almost forgotten I started this discussion. But that's my senior memory in play again. I'm not sure I believe most people are righteous in the sense you've described, but most of the ones I associate with are. I think we tend to choose friends with similar values to our own. You're correct that the bad apples get most of the press.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
For me if he is worship the only true God Jehovah calm,patient,humble more love to him in his life and more act of good.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
12 Sep 11
This sounds a lot like the passage that says all God requires is that one does justice, loves mercy, and walks humbly with his God.
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
Being righteous means you are well disciplined. You are not doing the things that you really want to do in order for you to do the things that you need to do. In other words, righteous man are very disciplined in whatever they do.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
12 Sep 11
Being disciplined and master of one's self certainly is part of being righteous.
@francesca5 (1344)
12 Sep 11
a righteous person, bagarad, has to be defined within the limits of the place in which they exist. it is a whole lot easier to be righteous if you live in a nice safe place and only mix with nice polite people. righteousness is really revealed when it is tested, not when it is easy. it is my opinion that the righteous person is fair, non judgmental, but recognises evil when they see it, stands up to bullies, and puts the interests of the whole of their society above their own.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
12 Sep 11
You've made a very good point about a man's character being best revealed when it is tested in a less than ideal environment.
@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
12 Sep 11
I always think of the Biblical description of David: "a man after God's own heart." Was he perfect? Certainly not. But his heart followed his Lord, and that's what counts!
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
12 Sep 11
BunGirl, I looked up your profile and it said you hadn't signed in for a long time. I'm glad you are here for this discussion. David is the perfect illustration of the repentant sinner. There were a lot of things he did wrong, and they were quite grievious, but he did have a heart for God, and when confronted, he saw himself as God saw him and repented. His punishment was to lose his son, and many consequences of his sins played out in his family relationships and he even was dethroned by a rebellious son. Even when God forgives, we don't escape the consequences of our sin in this life if we are God's people. Those who don't follow God actually get by with more in this life because their judgment is usually reserved for later. God chastens his people now to teach and purify them. Thanks for bringing David into this conversation.
• United States
12 Sep 11
To me any person who will say what they mean and mean what they say is righteous. So the first person to come to mind is... Charles Barkley .
@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
12 Sep 11
Hmm! Didn't Hitler say what he meant and meant what He said about wanting to wipe the Jews off the face of the earth? Or did I get that wrong?
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• United States
12 Sep 11
Yes but getting rid of all Jews was just the start He was a politician so he was automatically a liar. How else would he get elected. He just said what he knew they wanted to hear. If he knew by promising to kill all the Catholics would get him elected , he would have said that! Madman and politicians Always say what They Think is truthful but they are all lies. Hitler doesn't count.
• United States
12 Sep 11
Do you have to be religious to be righteous?
@ybong007 (6658)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
eddard stark of winterfell.
@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
12 Sep 11
I'm afraid I don't reconize this name or Winterfell. Is this a movie, a book, a celebrity, or a person you know? I am not very familiar with popular culture.
@ybong007 (6658)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
He's a character of the latest HBO series, game of thrones.
@judelen (428)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
Hello! There are many characteristics for a righteous man or woman. Each of us has our own way to describe such righteous person. For me not a perfect characteristic is all about but an understanding, easy to talk too, respectful to elders and a God fearing man are my barometer for a righteous man. But there are people I meet that they can be in a righteous person but they have their vises as a person which i consider also that vises is part of not a righteous person if we trace. But anyway we Christian believes that no one is righteous, no not one. It's all about the way to be righteous, but for me I'm striving to be righteous, pleasing to God.
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
Yes Judelen. There are many characteristic of a righteous man or woman. For me I consider it righteous when a man do little things everyday for his fellowmen and country. All these little things can be summed up later and righteousness will just flow with other men if we also respect other men.
@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
12 Sep 11
judelen, in the ultimate sense, you are correct. There is no one righteous in himself and it's only the righteouness of Christ that can bring us into fellowship with God. However, the Bible called Noah a righteous man, and we know he wasn't perfect. I believe when the Bible talks about men as righteous, it means they are sincere about walking with God. The Bible says Job was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.
• United States
12 Sep 11
I think a righteous man is one who despite his errors is accepting and willing to do right by all mankind, including animals as well. One who is not selfish and despite caring for himself he puts all others feelings and rights to mind and does what is right.
@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
12 Sep 11
So you do not expect that the righteous man would be perfect, but most of the time does what is right?
• United States
12 Sep 11
Yes I do not expect the righteous man to be perfect as there is no such thing as a perfect person, man or woman. Even the best man can have flaws. We cannot judge a person by their mistakes but how they take responsibility and do what is right, is what comes to mind.
@kingparker (9698)
• United States
13 Sep 11
I lost my definition on righteous man, and I saw very few of them existed in this world. My friend scammed me before, and recently, another man borrow money from me, and he seems disappear these days. I have less hope to regain my money back. What in life would I ever see a righteous man?
@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
13 Sep 11
I am so sorry. I hope you will read the book of Proverbs which offers good advice on how to be wise in every area of life. One of those areas is choosing the right friends so that this sort of thing won't keep happening to you. My dad used to advise us never to hire or loan money to friends and family because it always leads to bad relationships.
@megamatt (14326)
• United States
12 Sep 11
You know I'm really not sure if such a creature exists in this day and age. And I think that if there is, it would not be too obvious. There are many people who try and come off as righteous people but really its almost like that they are trying too hard. Like they have something to hide. They are trying to scrub away the imperfections, but really that is the greatest imperfection of all. To really try too hard to be the good person, when it is so transparent. I think that the righteous man these days is the one that you don't even know is one. The one who is really going to do the right thing but do it in such a way, where its done and you really don't notice it. They do not want praise above the common, more flawed man. They just do what they feel is right, without any compensation at all required. Such a creature is something that is rather hard to find in this day and age but its not really impossible.
@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
12 Sep 11
It seems to me that you are saying a man shouldn't try to be righteous or it's sort of phony. I think it's only phony if he tries to appear righteous rather than actually trying to be righteous. It's not easy to do what's right, though it gets easier the more you do it, as with anything else. It's true that genuine righteousness might not always be noticed, but the genuinely righteous man isn't trying to be noticed for this. He's more concerned with having good character than a good reputation.
@WakeUpKitty (8706)
• Netherlands
12 Sep 11
A righteous person is someone who is doing right in his/her own eyes and feels good about it. It has nothing to do with fearing god (if you do it only because you fear god I call it hypocrite). It depends on the people he/she meets if they will see him/her that way also. But I do believe that doesn't matter. What counts is that you do what you feel is good.
@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
12 Sep 11
I have to respectfully disagree with this. Why is a person a hypocrite for doing what he thinks will please God even if it goes against his natural inclinations? To me that would indicate that he does what he believes is right even if it's not what he wants to do. A hypocrite, on the other hand, does what he knows is wrong and then pretends he's not doing it.
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• Philippines
12 Sep 11
Well I believe life is a journey and everyday we learn from our mistakes. A righteous man is a man who looks the other man as his equal. A kind of guy where laws of his land were simply followed by him and that he sees to it that the sensitivity of a person is first when he makes something new for any given time. In short he should master himself first that's the righteous man.
@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
12 Sep 11
Are you saying that the righteous man is master of himself but doesn't try to lord it over others?
@dlpierce (489)
• United States
12 Sep 11
A righteous man is honest, caring, considerate of others, and loves God. He treats everyone equal and is kind to animals.
@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
12 Sep 11
It's hard to argue with that.