What is the meaning of righteousness? How do we achieve it, and what is it for?
Deut 6:25 ‘And it is righteousness for us when we guard to do all this command before יהוה our Elohim, as He has commanded us.’
This verse says that the Torah, the commands of Elohim, is to be righteousness for them that keep it. Is this an accurate statement, based on popular christian theology?
There are two kinds of righteousness.
1. The world’s righteousness. This is things like, abortion is ok, and so is homosexuality, and living together out of wedlock and one night stands, and drinking, etc, etc. The world says all these things are ok, and acceptable moral behaviour. It is this righteousness, that Isaiah speaks of, when he says “our righteousness is like filthy rags” (Isa 64:6). Our attempts to be righteous in Elohim’s eyes, are vein attempts, since our righteousness is corrupt and more importantly, corruptible.
2. Elohim’s righteousness. This is what Deut 6:25 refers to. This is Father’s standard for righteousness. He requires us to be righteous in His eyes in order to be saved. The Torah, the law of Elohim, determines righteousness. It points out sin, and declares our inability to attain righteousness, according to His standards, by ourselves.
Now tell me, most people keep the 10 commandments, yet that is not very difficult to do. Does this not, by itself, make a statement about which Law Father is speaking of? It cannot be the 10 commandments, as I know a lot of people who live their lives pretty much in line with the 10 commandments, even those who do not declare themselves to be christians.
Obviously, we can never achieve righteousness by ourselves. Our Saviour is the only one who could ever keep the Law (and with Law, I mean Torah, the 613 Laws that Moses wrote down) perfectly. And because of this, we will be righteous in our Elohim’s eyes, due to Yeshua’s atonement of our sin on the cross.
This fits in perfectly with the popular view in christianity. Most, if not all of Christianity believes that we cannot ever keep the Torah perfectly, and that we are in need of a Saviour. The problem comes in after that. Most of Christianity also believes that the Torah is now done away with (something that was never prophesied to happen, nor can happen, based on any logical thought, or serious scripture study and sound interpretation), and that we are therefore now, no longer under the Torah, and should not even attempt to keep it, lest we “fall from grace”, by popular Paul misinterpretation theology.
We are to continue to strive to keep the Torah AFTER we are saved. This is a process called sanctification. It’s something that’s incredibly simple to explain, yet christian members are often willingly ignorant of this difference between sanctification and justification, foolishly mocking with statements such as “I’m going to hell if I eat Bacon”, or “I’m not keeping the feast of tabernacles, and therefore I surely will go to hell”. Neither of these are salvational issues and therefore, you will not be going to hell.
Without sanctification (the process of becoming holy to our Elohim, and living a life that looks different from the world, set apart, or standing out – this process is obedience, not only to Torah, but to all commands given by Father YHWH or His Son, or the Spirit of Elohim), there is no proof of your justification (salvation). So, without sanctification (the fruit of your salvation), you are not justified in front of Elohim, because you do not carry the proof to show that you have indeed been justified.
There are very few Torah Observant people, who believes that justification is by keeping the Torah. Although they do exist, these are the people who Paul warns us about, in the book of Galatians and in Acts 15. Most Torah observant believers, believes in justification by grace, through faith. Most Torah observant believers believes that we require a Saviour, just like the christians do.
And this is where the problem comes in. Here is the difference between Christianity and this “new” group of Torah Observant (or rather, pursuant) believers in Messiah.
|Believes we have to change our lives after salvation||Believes we have to change our lives after salvation|
|Believes changing of life depends on what Father wrote down 3500 years ago, and that this is confirmed and established by Yeshua and the Ruach Hakodesh (Holy Spirit)||Believes changing of life depends on revelation of the Spirit, even if this sometimes contradict scripture (since the Torah is done away with)|
That’s the main difference. It’s hard to think that such a small difference can create so much strife in a group of people. To be fair though, this difference, though small, has HUGE implications on the faith. Something that many christians have not studied out for themselves.
My dear Christian brother and sister. May I ask that you study for yourselves? I am a great believer in logical thought, and you will find many articles on this site that is showing the logical problems with current thinking in christianity. The scriptures can be completely logical, and make complete sense. I do not profess to know it all, nor do I profess to have it all figured out. I would be very ignorant if I did say these things. However, there is much wrong with christianity currently. The christianity of today looks a LOT different from the christianity of the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s and even the 90’s. Start studying, my brother and sister. If this site isn’t for you, then find one that teaches sound biblical teachings.
And remember, the truth has no agenda.
Shalom, and may YHWH be with you and reveal to you His secrets in His Word.