We can be righteous and not be perfect.
Another verse that some Christians like to quote is,
(Isaiah 64:6 KJV) But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.They interpret this to mean that it is impossible to be righteous in reality. This verse is usually misquoted. I heard it again on the radio this week. Notice the plural “righteousnesses.” This means the spiritual games we play. It does not refer to our spiritual condition. It is a serious miss-quoting of what the Bible actually teaches.
It is true that we are all sinners from birth. Here are simple statements from both Testaments.
(Psalms 51:5 KJV) Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
(Romans 3:23 KJV) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;But you cannot read the Bible long before you come across such verses as,
(Genesis 7:1 KJV) And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.Here in the first book of the Bible you have God declaring that He sees Noah as righteous. I don’t think God is blind or delusional. He is also not a liar or a politician putting spin on an issue. For those into Hebrew I would point out that both “righteous” (6662) and “righteousnesses” (6666) come from the same family of words. One is an adjective and one is a noun.
If you have the time and are still in denial about this simple fact, do a word search on the word “righteous” and see how many times it is applied to God’s people.
To be concluded...
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