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1 Peter 3:15-16

1 Peter 3:15-16 *NKJV*
15 But sanctify the Lord God[a] in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.

So here I read it as we are to live rightously WITHOUT being self rightouse.
What does that mean?
How might that create a positive impression on the world?

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Asked by rhanford at 6:10 PM on Aug. 4, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • dont judge anyone do what you have to do for your faith.

    Answer by lawla at 6:49 PM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • To always be truthful in thought, action, and deed concerning the things of God. To never waver in the Faith or to give ground concerning wickedness and sin. To know who you are in God always so that you are able to be used of Him to the counteract evil arrows of the enemy of our souls. To know that no matter what fence-straddlers, pee-warmers, and the imps of the world throw across your path, you belong to God and that you are untouchable by their craftiness and cunning ways. To know that righteousness can never be understood by anyone except the true children of God and that no matter what others think of you, it is of no consequence when you stand with God and upon His word. To know that when others defame you, you have nothing to be ashamed of or o apologize for if it is all done in the strength of the Lord for the glory of God.


    Answer by Anonymous at 6:53 PM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • What God deems acceptable behavior, mankind will always self-righteously call into question. But if you are doing the Will of the Father, there need never be an apology or a self-questioning for any action done or word done or spoken. "Self Righteous' is a man-made word designed to mock and belittle; it has no power over the children of the Supreme God, so what does it matter that you are defamed for God's sake? It is of no consequence whatsoever in the grand scheme of things. It only matters to those who think they are justified in behaving so badly. We live righteously when we live for God and Him alone. If those of the flesh want to view this as being self-righteous, there is little that can be done about their opinions.


    Answer by Anonymous at 6:59 PM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • It has a positive effect on the world by showing that we do not back down when in the right. If God be for us and we for Him, we are in the right. We need not excuse ourselves or our actions to anyone concerning anything we do or say. By seeing this the world knows that we are true to Whom we say we love. We will not back down or back up just because someone with a beef against God and Christiansthinks we should. Thos who will be called God's Children will be saved, and those who won't or don't care to be, wont; and it won't matter one way or the other concerning righteousness - or a preconceived idea of what it means. 


    Answer by Anonymous at 7:04 PM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • The Bible says if we judge ourselves we won’t have to be judged (1 Corinthians 11:31), and this same principle applies to God’s shaking process: If we willing “shake” ourselves, He will not need to shake us.

    The Lord is giving us an opportunity to shake ourselves with repentance and obedience, before He has to shake us with judgment. He wants us to rid ourselves of secret sins and unfruitful branches in our lives.

    So when someone tells me not to judge....they are in error. We are to judge behaviors of ours and the others that claim to be Christians.
    The law is not for the righteous living; it is for the unrighteous works. Again , the unbelievers and fence walking, lukewarm Christians need to fear the law not the ones that speak His entire Word without splashing cup fulls of sugar all over it first.

    Answer by bloodbought at 8:55 PM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • What does that mean?
    Worship the Lord and when someone ask you about the Lord give them bible verses do not lean to your own understanding but what the bible says..

    How might that create a positive impression on the world? There would not be so many differnt things said about the bible everyone would understand it the same

    Answer by hinson7169 at 8:56 PM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • The Bible says if we judge ourselves we won’t have to be judged (1 Corinthians 11:31),

    If you really think you have made yourself immune from the Lord's judgment you are in for a very rude awakening.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:15 PM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • Grow up Anon. Stop lurking in the shadows ready to attack and stop sending inflammatory private emails. You have been reported twice already. Go to bed and get the sleep you obviously need!


    Answer by Anonymous at 5:47 AM on Aug. 5, 2009

  • Hatred, violence, arrogance, judgmentalism, are all traits of the christian god Yahweh. Jesus was better, but not by a lot. So, in effect, there is NO line for christians to cross. They must be guided by their own inner morals, otherwise, they become bigoted, violent, arrogant and judgmental because their god gives them permission to.

    Answer by witchqueen at 1:40 PM on Aug. 5, 2009

  • witchqueen, idk what bible you read or what your were told but this is not true. God is LOVE. Yes he had to do some pretty bad things, do you think he enjoyed doing them?

    Answer by rhanford at 5:59 PM on Aug. 5, 2009

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