Which is right? Being happy but wicked or being good but unhappy?

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  1. Jesse_Herndon profile image56
    Jesse_Herndonposted 8 years ago

    Which is right? Being happy but wicked or being good but unhappy?

  2. profile image47
    sallycevposted 8 years ago

    I think that neither one is "right". You need to be happy no matter what but a little "bit of wicked" is good. (as long as you don't do it at the expense of others)

  3. Jesse_Herndon profile image56
    Jesse_Herndonposted 8 years ago

    But what if you had to chose one or the another. No middle/gray areas?

  4. SilentReed profile image80
    SilentReedposted 8 years ago

    Then I'll try to be good at being happily wicked. wink

  5. sofs profile image81
    sofsposted 8 years ago

    Doesnt have to be that way only, I can be good and really joyful, I have no problems with that, as there is no guilt, or anxiety involved.

  6. John B Badd profile image61
    John B Baddposted 8 years ago

    Good but unhappy is better.  We are more than the sum of our parts and what we put into the world affects the world as a whole.  It is better to sacrifice ourselves for the sake of others (which is what good truly is) than to harm others for our own gain (which is wicked). 

    Happiness is something we are not guaranteed in life and we do not need to give up our humanity in pursuit of it.  It is better to die with honor than to live unjustly. 

    The world of ethical questions can be black and white but the real world is full of grays.  If you were allowing for the grey areas I would say be good and find happiness in being good.  I have been wicked more than good in my life and it does not make me happy in the long haul.

  7. heavenbound5511 profile image74
    heavenbound5511posted 8 years ago

    I would Choose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;Heb 11:25
    for a season-If the world has "pleasure" (Greek, "enjoyment") to offer, it is but "for a season." If religion bring with it "affliction," it too is but for a season; whereas its "pleasures are for evermore." 
    The pleasures of sin are, and will be, but short; they must end either in speedy repentance or in speedy ruin. The pleasures of this world are for the most part the pleasures of sin; they are always so when we cannot enjoy them without deserting God and his people. Suffering is to be chosen rather than sin; there being more evil in the least sin, than there can be in the greatest suffering.
    Sorrow and joy are firmly linked. Perhaps it is because the deeper we experience sorrow, the more capacity we have for joy. God has planned a bright and beautiful morning full of joy. The Bible tells us this over and over:

    Weeping may go on all night, but joy comes with the morning. (Psalm 30:5, NLT)

    You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, (Psalm 30:11, NLT)

    Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest. (Psalm 126:5-6, NLT)

    I will turn their mourning into joy. I will comfort them and exchange their sorrow for rejoicing.
    (Jeremiah 31:13, NLT)

    Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
    (John 16: 22, NIV)

    There are seasons in our life when we will mourn and have sorrow. But, there are also seasons of our life that are meant for joy.
    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~So when the end comes those who suffer for ~righteousness sake, for doing what is right, they will be happy ~& enjoying it for eternity. So I would rather suffer for a better ~reward than just a season of the pleasures of sin. ~ ~ ~ ~smilesmile
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  8. Tusitala Tom profile image66
    Tusitala Tomposted 8 years ago

    What is it that is happy in this instance of wickedness you talk about?   Is it - whatever it is - always happy when wicked and unhappy when good?   Surely not.  I suspect you're talking about some self-indulgence  which makes you feel good physically.   Nothing wrong with that, providing it is not hurting you in the long term or anyone else in either the short or the long term.   

    Do you regard it as wicked because someone else has told you it is and you've accepted that viewpoint.   If you have, there is immediate conflict, a part of you wanting to be wicked, another to be good.  But is either of these two parts of you the real you?    You, and only you can determine that for yourself.   And once you start finding you can do  that fairly regularly, you probably wont need to ask the question any more.


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