Monday, March 25, 2013

The Choice: Righteousness or Truth?

In our world today, there is a right/wrong, good/bad mentality where it is important to establish the side you stand on. Very often, we believe that righteousness and truth are one and the same, and choosing your side involves discovering what is true (or so the story goes). The question becomes are righteousness and truth the same thing? It is my belief that righteousness and truth are not the same things and the difference between the two is key to shifting consciousness.

The concept of righteousness revolves heavily around the idea of being "right". In other words, for every situation there is a right side and a wrong side. We are taught that standing in righteousness involves discerning the "right" side and then following it. The thing is, depending on the society you grow up in, what is "right" can mean different things to different people. For example, people who follow the Bible often believe being gay is a sin solely on the basis that they Bible says it is a sin. They do not take into consideration that fact that many gay people are born to and raised by good Christian people who do everything in their power to promote heterosexual relationships. Many of these gays do everything in their power to conform to what they have been taught is "right" at great personal sacrifice and expense. These people deny what is inside them--what they were born with. How can this be "right"?
The concept of righteousness inherently brings about separation. What do I mean by separation? When you choose one side as the "right" side, you begin to identify with that side. You believe your choice means you have to live by certain rules and keep yourself pure from what you see as the "wrong" side. You will proclaim your differences and most likely maintain some sort of distance from those who oppose your point of view. Keeping yourself away or apart from another is separation.

Truth is very different from righteousness. Many people believe truth comes with a whole series of rules, but the fact of the matter is truth has very few rules. Truth is simply the way things are. All things exist in truth. Truth does not separate and divide. Truth is not limited to a particular view. What we believe to be "the rules" is really righteousness disguised as truth.
When a person chooses righteousness over truth, he makes the decision to keep himself separate from those who do not agree with his view of the world. When a person chooses truth, he allows everything to exist and works to build Oneness and unity in the whole.

We have come to a point in history where the choice between righteousness and truth is key to our survival. If we continue to believe there is a right and a wrong and we must choose sides, we will allow our differences to destroy us. If we can learn to see ourselves as connected to one another and live in truth, we will no longer be bent on destroying each other for our differences and can live in peace and harmony. The advancement of all those on planet earth requires this transition out of separation and back into Oneness.

Ask yourself this vital question: will this choice bring about separation or Oneness? The choices we make today will bring us either closer or farther away from a peaceful, loving planet. Make your choices count!

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