Which is right? Being happy but wicked or being good but unhappy?
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)
But what if you had to chose one or the another. No middle/gray areas?
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.
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.
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. ~ ~ ~ ~
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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.
by Alfursan 5 years ago
I read somewhere that being happy is a matter of choice and not destiny. What's your opinion?
by Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 5 years ago
Being right or being happy?If you had to make a choice between being right (having proven yourself to have the best arguments) or being happy, which would you choose? Why? Can you illustrate by example? Thanks
by Earl S. Wynn 6 years ago
If comfort food is bad for you but being happy is good for you, does that balance it out?
by Origin 3 years ago
Generally speaking, are you happy with your life?
by ngureco 6 years ago
To You Atheists, If No God Exists To Be Obeyed, How Do You Expect Us To Be Obligated To Be Good...To Other People?
by Greg Johnson 6 years ago
What do you see as being good about the world or just your own life today?We all to often look at the cup as being half empty, yes there are lots of problems in the world today, but what do you see as good in the world today?
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