Unrighteous means "not righteous, wicked, not right or fair, unjust." Righteousness means "morally upright, without guilt or sin, in accordance with virtue or morality."

Unrighteous describes a bent or twisted soul. It offers a million degrees of the inclination to evil. Unrighteousness is a sin.

Edna Lister on Unrighteousness

It is wise to reserve judgment, lest the one judging be in danger of the inner judgment for judging unrighteously. – Edna Lister, August 25, 1938.

Deceit abounds in the unrighteous. – Edna Lister, December 26, 1938.

When you interfere with each other, you create unrighteous judgment. – Edna Lister, December 16, 1954.

If you were to write all the idle words you spoke in a month, you would realize how you build a highway of unrighteousness. "I didn't mean it. I'll try. I'm sorry. I'm tired. I'm dead. I'm bored. I'm angry. I'm hurt." I'm is a contraction of "I AM" – with every such utterance, you clutter your mind, speech and the very atmosphere around you. – Edna Lister, God as All the Little Things, November 24, 1957.

Righteousness is application of your highest vision. Unrighteousness lets imagination run wild to build deceptive pictures of the past and betray you. This is the real enemy. – Edna Lister, As I See God, June 1, 1958.

Become as perfect as your Father in heaven, remembering that no one who dwells on the unrighteousness of others has become perfect, and the only one who is lifted can lift this. "I, if I be lifted up from the earth, draw all men unto me." – John 12:32. – Edna Lister, October 23, 1963.

Relating information about a person or a situation is not gossiping or recreating if it is without emotional prejudice, intellectual unrighteous judgment, and truly based in loving compassionate understanding. – Edna Lister, November 13, 1963.

The reward for practicing compassion is freedom from wanting to judge others in any way, righteously or unrighteously. – Edna Lister, Five Keys of the Kingdom, 1964.

Subconscious mind cannot distinguish the difference between righteous and unrighteous, but always works out any type of judgment through your body and affairs. – Edna Lister, Five Keys of the Kingdom, 1964.

Keep your emotions out of it. Sacrifice your outer reaction. You are not called on to like that which is unlike God, but you must not judge it unrighteously. – Edna Lister, June 25, 1965.

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New Testament on Unrighteousness

All unrighteousness is sin. – 1 John 5:17.

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Unrighteousness in Other Sacred Writings

The Holy Spirit of discipline will flee deceit, thoughts that are without understanding, and will not abide unrighteousness. – Wisdom of Solomon 1:5.

He who speaks unrighteously cannot hide: neither shall he escape punishment. – Wisdom of Solomon 1:8.

Sow in the furrows of unrighteousness, and you will reap them sevenfold. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 7:3.

Because of unrighteous dealings, injuries, and riches got by deceit, a country is translated from one people to another. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 10:8.

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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 – 1971
The original Christian Pioneering Mystic,
Platonist philosopher, American Idealist, Founder, Society of the Universal Living Christ, minister, teacher, author, wife, and mother.

Edna Lister

Etymology of righteous: Middle English ryghtuous, alteration of rihtwise, from Old English rihtwis: riht, "right + -wise."

Unrighteousness is a sin.


The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

The Nag Hammadi Library. James M. Robinson, editor. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1981.

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