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Judge Not and you will not be judged

Updated on January 27, 2017

Reserve Judgement

We are all God's children,

no nation above another,

no nation chosen,

no covenant but Jesus who said;

love (not kill) your enemy,

I judge no one,

sheath your sword

justice is forgiveness and

forgiveness is justice.

Jesus Accepted people and never Condemned.

There is no "Just War."

The "Just War Doctrine" was written to justify when to go to war.

The Just War Doctrine was first enunciated by St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD). Over the centuries it was taught by Doctors of the Church, such as St. Thomas Aquinas, and formally embraced by the Magisterium, which has also adapted it to the situation of modern warfare.

  • Just cause. War is permissible only to confront "a real and certain danger," i.e., to protect innocent life, to preserve conditions necessary for decent human existence and to secure basic human rights.
  • Competent authority. War must be declared by those with responsibility for public order, not by private groups or individuals.
  • Comparative justice. In essence: Which side is sufficiently "right" in a dispute, and are the values at stake critical enough to override the presumption against war? Do the rights and values involved justify killing? Given techniques of propaganda and the ease with which nations and individuals either assume or delude themselves into believing that God or right is clearly on their side, the test of comparative justice may be extremely difficult to apply.
  • Right intention. War can be legitimately intended only for the reasons set forth above as a just cause.
  • Last resort. For resort to war to be justified, all peaceful alternatives must have been exhausted.
  • Probability of success. This is a difficult criterion to apply, but its purpose is to prevent irrational resort to force or hopeless resistance when the outcome of either will clearly be disproportionate or futile.
  • Proportionality. This means that the damage to be inflicted and the costs incurred by war must be proportionate to the good expected by taking up arms.

The problem with the Just War Doctrine is it violates what Jesus taught: "Love your enemy."

In other words, do not have enemies, do not judge others to make them your enemy. The Just War Doctrine was written from the standpoint of high authority to control the populace and maintain power. From the standpoint of the government, it matters who is in power. From the standpoint of the individual, who is in power does not matter.

Renounce the Just War Doctrine and follow what Jesus taught, Love Your Enemy.


Some preachers teach the Just War Doctrine

Here are three examples of what preachers teach to justify a judgmental God. The problem with all of them is they depict God as condemning Man. Jesus taught that God does not condemn at all, ever. All sin is a projection of Man, not God. Justice is forgiveness and forgiveness is justice. All these preachers want to do is condemn or place blame.

Preacher P

War is not contrary to Christian principles, so long as it is a just one. "JCO" is right to an extent that Jesus taught in the Golden Rule that we are to love one another as we love ourselves, for the love of God; and that we must do unto others as we would have done unto us. Jesus also said blessed are the peacemakers. Not to mention that one of the Ten Commandments is that we should not kill. But Christianity is not pacifist, wherein no amount of violence is permitted; or else Jesus would not have said in Luke 22:36 "let him who has no sword sell his mantle and buy one".

Preacher D

All life belongs to God and He can choose to take it if He wishes by any means He wishes. He used the Israelites to pass judgment upon the people of Ai just as He used the Babylonians to pass judgment upon the Israelites. There was no covenant to kill. God just decided to punish the inhabitants of those lands for their rebellion and He used the Israelites to do it.

Preacher X

The word for destroy is "châram", and means just that - to utterly destroy. Joshua was to utterly destroy the Canaanites, but why? The Canaanites were not innocent people. They were very wicked even to the point of sacrificing their children. They were to be destroyed, not murdered. Sin has a price. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).

This certainly is not the only time God destroyed nations because of their wickedness. He destroyed the world by a flood, and Scripture tells that the only righteous ones were Noah and his family. He destroyed the rest. Sodom and Gomorrah would have been spared if there were 10 righteous people, but there weren't even that many. Lot and his family were the only ones to escape.

We have to understand the attributes of God. God is first and foremost holy. God would want to bring all people to Himself through the shed blood of His Son who willingly gave his life for mankind, but unless mankind turns and embraces the only hope he has (Christ), he will also likewise perish - thoughts for another time, but the short answer to your question is that God is not responsible. Our sin is.

Author's note: here Preacher X is right, our sin is the problem. Our need to judge and project our negative emotions onto others is the problem. So, stop judging and projecting.

All three of the above preachers have a need to condemn and punish others. This is a projection of themselves. Jesus condemned No One, ever. Jesus never punished anyone. Renounce condemnation.

Are advocates of the Just War Doctrine mentally ill?

Are politicians and preachers who preach the Just War Doctrine mentally ill? What gives them the right to decide who lives and dies? What about the children of war? Why do advocates of war have such a need to condemn or punish? Why do advocates of war see a separation in groups of people? Aren't we all people? Are war advocates megalomaniacs or do they have some neurotic fear? I suggest anyone who advocates war strenuously be reviewed by a mental health professional.

Are war advocates mentally ill?

Should the public have politicians and preachers who strenuously advocate war assessed by a psychiatrist?

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      Tamara Moore 

      14 months ago

      Amen to that, Jay!

    • Jay C OBrien profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay C OBrien 

      14 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Thank you Tamara. My God is a God of Peace and would never use one person or group to harm another.

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      Tamara Moore 

      14 months ago


      I positively ((( love ))) your poem! It is beautiful and so peaceful. I am so glad that I came upon it. It is a blessing. I voted: No War.



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      Norine Williams 

      22 months ago

      I don't care ANYTHING about "the Rabbis" or ANYONE ELSE! I BELIEVE GOD! I BELIEVE HE WILL KEEP HIS PROMISES and HE PROMISED *HE* would "lead and guide us (me) into ALL truth" (John 14:26)!

      Now you can continue to "try and figure it out" or "BELIEVE the Scriptures AS THEY ARE WRITTEN" (John 20:31) and let *HIM* reveal LIES!

      You don't BELIEVE in the POWER of the HOLY SPIRIT (aka GOD)? HE isn't as wise as you? You speak IGNORANCE!

      I'm praying!


    • Jay C OBrien profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay C OBrien 

      22 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Since I have said so much against the Rabbis I should say something nice. I thank the Rabbis for preserving the record from long ago. Through the old stories of Rabbis and other religions we can see what really happened: Men were misidentified as Gods/Angels.


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      Norine Williams 

      22 months ago

      Well if "we agree on Grace," then you should believe ALL of "GRACE!"

      Romans 3:28 "Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by FAITH [LISTEN!] WITHOUT the 'deeds' (aka "WORKS") of THE LAW!"

      Where does that leave your "Torah?"

      "I do not frustrate the GRACE of GOD: for if righteousness come by THE LAW, then CHRIST IS DEAD IN VAIN" (Galatians 2:21)!

    • Jay C OBrien profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay C OBrien 

      22 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      We agree on Grace.

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      Norine Williams 

      22 months ago

      What "better view of GOD" than "GRACE?" Old Covenant LAW is gone! There is a New Covenant of "GRACE!" Until you understand "GRACE," you will not understand GOD!

    • Jay C OBrien profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay C OBrien 

      22 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      I am also in favor of God and His actions. We just differ in our understanding of God. Most of the OT is Not scripture, it is a statement of old Men. Jesus said: love one another; love your enemy; do not condemn, etc.

      When Joshua claimed the land of the Canaanites, he falsely claimed God gave him the land. We know this because genocide and infanticide are Not "of God." Until you have a better view of God you will not understand.

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      Norine Williams 

      23 months ago

      I haven't seen "The Just War Doctrine" in Scripture!

      I'm in favor of GOD and ALL of HIS ACTIONS! Isaiah 14:27 "For the LORD of hosts HATH PURPOSED, and who shall DISANNUL IT? and his hand is stretched out, AND WHO SHALL TURN IT BACK?"

      You argue with THE CREATOR'S ACTIONS? HIS "WILL" WILL BE DONE! You forgot? "Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven?"

      GOD'S THOUGHTS are not "man's" thoughts! EVERYTHING "WILL BE DONE" as *HE* PLEASES not "man" who "thinks" GOD is EVIL when HE uses EVIL to bring FORTH "GOOD!"

      ANYTHING that stood in the way of the Coming of Jesus, GOD "REMOVED!"

      "The LORD giveth and the LORD taketh, Blessed be the name of the LORD" (Job 1:21)!

      Who are we? Romans 3:10-23 says WE ARE "NOTHING" without GOD! What then do you call "The Canaanites including their children" in the sight of GOD? What do we call ourselves who have not been "born again" or filled with HIS Holy Spirit? When IT IS WRITTEN to "WAIT" and we "don't," we are no better than "The Canaanites and their children" in the sight of GOD!

      MOST say "I BELIEVE" but didn't "WAIT," they don't "BELIEVE" anything but there is a GOD and are NO BETTER than "The Canaanites including their children" - NOTHING!


    • Jay C OBrien profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay C OBrien 

      23 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Norine, so you are in favor of "The Just War Doctrine?"

      Do you believe God materialized on earth and gave land to the Hebrews?

      Do you believe God authorized the Hebrews to kill all Canaanites including their children?

      Do you believe The Lord fought for Israel?

      Think carefully and please answer simply.

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      Norine Williams 

      23 months ago

      OH YEAH! Then why did JESUS SAY (Speaking through Paul; aka "The Vessel;" Acts 9:15) in I Corinthians 1:10 " perfectly joined together in the SAME MIND and in the SAME "JUDGMENT?" Is that OLD TESTAMENT?

      GOD is NOT "like Jesus and His teachings" GOD "IS" JESUS and HIS teachings!" See what RELIGION has done? It has you thinking "There is the "Person" of GOD and the "Person" of JESUS when Scripture says there is "ONE" SPIRIT who operates in "GLORIES"!

      GOD is "not and never has been a warrior?" Why did HE tell us to be? Would "Our Father" tell us to do something HE wouldn't do? Ephesians 6:10-12 tells us to "Put on the WHOLE "armor" of GOD!" What do we need "armor" for if not "warriors?"

      GOD is TIRED of saints believing "JUDGE NOT!" GOD spoke through Paul in I Corinthians 6-15 saying "Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?" Well, we who "proclaim" Christianity should NOT "Go before the saints" and "JUDGE" with HIS WORD? "Do ye not know that the saints shall "JUDGE" the world?" Well, we'd better get our "JUDGMENT" RIGHT which is ONLY according to Scripture - NOW! "...and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to JUDGE the smallest matters?" Unrighteousness is given in HIS WORD and should be JUDGED by saints! "Know ye not that we shall JUDGE "angels?" If we're going to "JUDGE ANGELS, get real! "How much more things that pertain to this life?" We're going to JUDGE "Spiritual" things but can't judge man's "unrighteousness?" "If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them TO JUDGE who are least esteemed in the church." The "unrighteous" are the "least esteemed" - JUDGE! "I speak to your SHAME." Paul (aka JESUS speaking through him!) says he is ASHAMED of those who do not JUDGE! "Is it so that there is NOT A WISE MAN AMONG YOU?" Don't remain "IGNORANT" because "man" (aka RELIGION) has DECEIVED you with "the philosophy of the world" (Colossians 2:8) through RELIGION! "No, not "one" that shall be able to judge between his brethren" (I Corinthians 6:1-5)!

      Satan is ELATED! He has MOST "just where he wants them, "thinking" "JUDGE NOT...(Matthew 7:1) which has been "taught" OUT OF CONTEXT because it's an IMPERATIVE SENTENCE!

      Why don't you Google "Is It Right To Judge" and READ Scriptures therein?

      "How else can you do it" - TODAY? We MUST JUDGE! How else can you tell anyone they DEFY Scripture if not by giving HIS WORD that PROVES they are in err? MOST of have been "taught" that's JUDGING when that is EXACTLY what GOD wants HIS disciples to do "CORRECT" with HIS WORD!

      Satan is ELATED!


    • Jay C OBrien profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay C OBrien 

      23 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Norine, from above:

      Have you read Matthew 23? Did you not see how many times JESUS called the scribes and Pharisees "FOOLS" and "HYPOCRITES?" Is that not "judging" (John 8:15)?

      No, He is disagreeing with their teaching which is that God condemns. How else can you do it?

      The Old Testament is the projection of the mind of people long ago. The New Testament is more mature, evolved thinking. Leave the OT thinking behind for the higher NT thinking. God is like Jesus and His teachings. God never gave land to the Hebrews, chose them or gave them authority to kill Canaanites. God is not and never has been a warrior.

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      Norine Williams 

      23 months ago

      JayC: GOD told "Abraham" to "JUDGE" to see if he could "find ten righteous men" in Sodom didn't HE? From the "beginning," GOD has used "men" to JUDGE according to HIS WORD (aka "Righteousness!")!

      JayC, this world (aka Satan) wants us to be LOST (John 10:10) and is why deception is rapid in the ("proclaimed") teachings of Christ! IF you know Scripture, Abraham is not the ONLY man of GOD who judged in Scripture! READ and you will find ALL did; including JESUS!

      Have you read Matthew 23? Did you not see how many times JESUS called the scribes and Pharisees "FOOLS" and "HYPOCRITES?" Is that not "judging" (John 8:15)? Aren't we to be "examples" of Christ? In John 8:15 the "human" portion of Christ said "I judge no one!" Men were using "human standards" and not "Spiritual" (aka WORD)! Continue reading Verses 16-18 "And yet if I judge, my judgment is TRUE (Because HE is GOD!): for I am NOT ALONE, but I and the Father that sent me." You see JESUS CHRIST was "fully man and fully GOD!" (V17) "It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true." (Deuteronomy 19:15; Matthew 18:16; II Corinthians 13:1) (v18) "I am ONE that bear witness of myself, and the Father than sent me bear witness of me." You see? HE is the ONLY "man" that could "bear witness of himself" because GOD is ALL; GOD is TRUE!

      Therefore, when we "judge," we can ONLY "judge" with HIS WORD! I can't say "You are going to hell because..." and don't have GOD'S WORD to reaffirm my words! *I* would be "judging!" BUT when HIS WORD is given, it is not the person "judging," BUT GOD!

      John 1:1 says "In the beginning was the WORD and the WORD was with GOD and the WORD "was" GOD!" Did not GOD "move upon the face of the deep" and creation began? Did HE not speak EVERYTHING into existence (Genesis 1)? THE SPIRIT (John 4:23-24) or GOD speaks and has spoken and left HIS WORD (aka Bible) to "CORRECT" HIS children (II Timothy 2:15)!

      However, Satan doesn't want us to know this and is why he continues to preach "Judge not..." which is an "imperative sentence" taken out of context! Without "judging," how can we be disciples? Without "judging," how can we "correct" what Satan has instilled into the minds who believe there is a GOD? Without "judging," how can we make disciples? Without "judging," how can we tell one what GOD likes and dislikes? Without "judging," there would be no need for Scripture we would continue to allow everyone continue in 'sin!'

      For example, one comes to you who is homosexual and says "I love the LORD!" What would you do? Let him continue or "CORRECT" and tell him WHAT GOD SAID? Would you allow him to continue "thinking" the LORD loves homosexuality? Did not JESUS say "If you love me keep my commandments?" Would you not tell him "How can you when GOD spoke AGAINST in Romans 1:26-27 and you are not "keeping HIS commandments?"

      You see Jay C? That's what disciples do: "JUDGE" with "HIS WORD" then it's not *us* judging, BUT GOD (John 1:1) because "the WORD is GOD!"


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      2 years ago from USA

      Hi Jay,

      Greatly enjoyed this post. Thank you!

    • Jay C OBrien profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay C OBrien 

      3 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      Thanks, it is good to get some feedback.

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      Akriti Mattu 

      3 years ago from Shimla, India

      Liked your post. Voted up


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