In order for people to be upright, they need to know what that is. If some are saying join the military to go kill for the country, people need to know whether that is upright.
The right thing is what is best for the whole and the parts, for all of the souls of humanity and for each individual soul. It is wrong when part of the whole is constantly about grabbing more for itself at the expense of the good of the whole and the other parts. It divides the proverbial house so that it cannot stand. The greedy, violent, and depraved members are as a cancer to the whole and are removed or they will cause the death of the whole body.
Part of the grabbing process includes killing or devouring that which stands in the way of the personal worldly gain of the most aggressive takers or grabbers who are the most pernicious cancers. Those who violently resist the takers are doing to those takers what they would not have the takers do unto them. It is a vicious and insidious cycle of darkness.
"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." (Matthew 7:12). It is the golden rule. You should want people to do what is right and best toward you. Do what is right and best toward others. You ought not to want people to grab your fair share from you. Do not grab from people their fair share. You ought not to want people to make violence on you. Do not make violence on others. You ought not to want people to lust after you for their selfish sexual reasons. Do not lust after others for selfish sexual reasons. You ought to want people to let you know when you are running astray of the golden rule. Let other people know. If everyone follows the golden rule, everything will be put right.
As for letting others know when they are astray, many will immediately quote Jesus saying, "And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" (Matthew 7:3). They will quote all manner of scripture in order to change the subject. However, a careful reading of the verse shows that Jesus is saying to consider (recognize) your own problems first and clear those up (work on them). Jesus is talking about the spirit in which one approaches his brother about his brother's erring way. A careful reading of the other scriptures concerning such interactions of brethren as well and keeping all in consistent context will reveal that there is no justification for not carefully considering warnings in the helpful spirit in which those warnings are given. Other verses cited already in this work make it infinitely clear that it is requisite of brethren to go to each other about such erring. It is part of teaching. It is loving. It is soul saving and sparing. It is magnifying righteousness when done in the proper spirit of course. Jesus is not saying never tell your brother he is going astray. He is not saying wait until you are perfect before you warn others of the spiritual pitfalls you see before them. He is saying that you ought not to be telling your brother he is going astray when you have not analyzed your self for hypocrisy. He is also saying that one must certainly not be doing the very thing about which he is rebuking his brother. Lastly, those who twist Jesus's words to avoid acknowledging their erring ways were already obliged to have identified the beam they insinuate is in their brother's eye. It is an evil mind that abuses the scripture attempting to dodge the truth.
What is improper is for it to digress into back and forth recriminations and attacks. That is where wars come from. It is though proper and even expected that your brother, anyone actually, and you be constantly and mutually watching out for each other. That's the spirit of love.
If we remain silent, their blood will be on our hands. If we warn them clearly, their continued, knowing, missteps are their own mistakes and not on our heads.
Of course, this is not the highest attitude for our motivation for warning others. We are to warn them, because we love them and not to save our own necks. That is something Jesus made clear.
Therefore, whenever someone in the spirit warns you, don't fall to the temptation to quote Jesus about the mote and beam. Rather, hear the truth of the warning. Do not rationalize away evil. Expel the demons from within. Send them into the pit and not on to others. Be glad someone loves you enough to let you know before you fall into that pit.
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. (Proverbs 9:8).
A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise. (Proverbs 15:12).
Don't scorn righteous warnings. To use the knee-jerk reaction of quoting about the mote and beam is derisive. It is mocking. Don't use any scripture to excuse that which is not holy. Abusing the scripture is satanic. "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love." (Ephesians 1:4).
Warning is the extent of what we should do. Leave aside judging, condemning, and punishing. Show mercy, as God makes the rain fall on the good and evil.
Selfish interpretation of The Bible
Do not fall for the selfish interpretation of The Bible. It is not upright. Anything can be justified via a selfish interpretation of scripture. Scripture can always be taken out of context and twisted. That is what Satan did when he tempted Jesus.
Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. (Matthew 4:5-7).
Satan can quote scripture to tempt or test people to fall into selfishness. Satan was quoting from Psalm 91.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. (Psalm 91:11-12).
What Satan left out, Jesus stated. One is not to test God. Had Jesus done what Satan asked, Jesus would have been testing God. There was no reason to jump off the temple other than to test God to prove God. Jesus never did that. Jesus always had complete certainty about God and never used the power of God when it was not in perfect furtherance of the prophecy he came to fulfill. Don't be tripped up by those who twist scripture. They have selfish ends in mind always.
Don't be hindered by the figurative versus the literal. Those who insist on one to the exclusion of the other are closed to the revelation. They will not be upright. The words of Christ are both figurative and literal to describe the theretofore mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. He opened the scripture to us so that the softhearted who would understand readily could be separated out from the hard- small- and cold-hearted. Jesus taught with the following parable:
And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. (Matthew 25:8-10).
What are the lamps? What is the oil? Who sells the oil? How does one buy it? Does one have to purchase it oneself? Can one truly just give some oil over to those who do not know enough not to forget? Are they selfish here who did not give over some of their oil? What is at risk? Who is the bridegroom? Who is getting married to whom? What is the door? What does it mean that it shut? Are any of these metaphors the most important word in the parable? Do any of them stand for just one thing, or are they standing for many things that all resolve to one thing? Can a little child comprehend the story's meaning without knowing what every metaphor stands for? Were the foolish here upright?
Jesus also spoke about the sword in figurative terms. The sword is the tongue that speaks the truth as follows:
And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. (Revelation 19:15).
There is no admonition against mixing metaphors in scripture. In fact, it is done intentionally so that all the places where those metaphors have been used will be brought to mind in one consistent context. The sword, the rod of iron, and the winepress are together. Humans are as grapes. Human blood is as grape juice. Both are much water. Water is as the life blood of the earth. The rivers and streams are as the veins of the body. Look at what humanity is doing.
Jesus set the standard. Now, all who know and continue doing iniquity are knowingly sinning. Their flesh and souls will be cut away. His standard is that against which they will be measured, determining whether they shall be separated out. What value are the iniquitous who do not buy their oil in time? They are not ready for the wedding. They are not allowed in.
Jesus told his disciples to go out without purse, scrip, or shoes; yet, they were fine. He then told them that the times were about to change, for he would be taken and murdered, and that they had better give their all to be made ready in the spirit of truth. Therefore, he told them to sell all they had and to purchase swords (spiritual swords of truth and not physical weapons made of metal to spill the blood of others) as follows:
And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end. (Luke 22:35-37).
Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53:12).
The sword that Jesus told his disciples to buy is the oil of the lamps of the wise. It is the truth. Some of his disciples thought he meant metal swords to spill blood and take flesh lives. That's not upright. It is falsehood. It is the way of Satan. It would have been reckless. Jesus told them "enough." He told them to stop talking. They hadn't caught on yet. It was not easy to bring them along. We have all been slow on the uptake. Now is our chance to change that.
Why are we told to kill for God and country? Who can ask this in light of our knowledge that Satan tempted Jesus to take over the whole world by following Satan's reckless, soul-destroying way? Why are we told to consume and consume and consume: To be greedy; lustful? Why are we encouraged to compete rather than to always work together? Is killing, greed, and competition righteous teaching? If we do them, are we being upright? Why are we given mixed messages to be honorable yet greedy? It is because the house is divided. The house exists on the false spectrum of incorrectly term "conservatives" and "liberals." The whole house is not on the narrow way toward God. It will fall.
Jesus came to divide. He came to make the division stark. He came so that the willing could be identified from the willful. He came to teach us how to make the flesh strong enough so that the soul would no longer be corrupted by falling to selfishness that is temptation.
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. (Matthew 10:34-35).
What divides families? Selfishness exposed divides them. Some love the truth and repent of selfishness. Others fear the truth and hate the messenger. People serving themselves cause the house to be fractured and finally collapse. However, the greater division comes when some in the house wish to eat at the trough of eternal life that is the real knowledge while others are as dogs in the manger who can not or will not eat the straw but will not allow the oxen near it to eat either.
But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. (Matthew 23:13).
They have their worldly system of personal gain all set up, and it feeds them excessively. All are required to eat within that system or starve. Otherwise, a new system, an unselfish system, will take root and flourish, denying the greedy the power of their lust and their pride in their worldly accomplishments.
When some in the house wish to be upright that is true liberals (freely giving and sharing, holding all in common, universally repentant, loving, peaceful, beneficent, merciful, open, honest, and direct without any vileness but to exorcise evil so the healing takes place), others in that house hate hearing it. They find it tedious, upsetting, unpleasant, uncomfortable, and the like. They scorn.
Jesus said implicitly that Satan is the father of those who scorn and, therefore, hate the truth. He said implicitly that Satan is the father of the vile and the greedy hoarders. They are Satan's children and they do not want to be divided from their chosen spiritual father. They are conditioned to like their gain even though it is temporary and negative (ultimately beyond futile to soul polluting). Their time is short while they take what they want because they can.
God is the king of kings, the real liberal of real liberals. Satan is the false conservative of false conservatives, churl of churl's, the villain of villains. Whenever the satanic spirit appropriates or assimilates (co-opts) liberal devices, it seeks to neutralize their real intent and to turn them to private, special advantage and privilege. Therefore, all real liberal devices must be devised with the express caveat that they are never to be turned to the private, special advantage and privilege of anyone but remain always only under the spirit of giving equally according to need. This caveat always goes hand-in-hand with the understanding that consistency demands that people's hearts reciprocate with giving based upon the gifts they receive from God. This is all done in the spirit of unselfishness and not for recompense.
After these truths are spoken throughout the world, after the real good news is published and preached and exemplified in every nation that we need not remain spiritually in bondage to the system of evil, then the dividing line will be plain and clear enough for all to see. Then the excuse of ignorance will be gone. Redemption will not be far off.
Uprightness will be clearly and plainly known and understood as unselfishness. Selfishness will be on one side, where the vile, greedy, violent ones will take their stand. Unselfishness will be on the other side, where the beneficent, patient, and pacifistic ones will take their stand with Jesus. The latter will have heard the voice of truth coming from the mouth of Jesus and persevered to the end. They will have given credit where credit is due, to Jesus for having made the ultimate sacrifice, in utter faith and knowledge, for the sake of our knowing where true righteousness lies. Those who deny Jesus have ultimately to search their hearts for the selfish reason.
In order for people to be upright, they need to know what that is. Real liberalism is upright. Mercy is upright. Self-styled conservatism and false liberalism are not upright. Violence, war, greed, and sexual decadence are not upright. They are of the satanic spirit. Those of that spirit sift recklessly and, therefore, unjustly. Patience is upright. Warning is upright. Heeding is upright.
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And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)