Could they have a "god" complex?
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I see your point being religion and ego. Judgement can come out of those concepts. Nobody likes to be judged negatively and it can cause hatred. Your right :)
U have on-target POV! not meaning to be pushy, but would u answer the question I asked at the end of first comment? it's an IRL issue.
Do you mean the question about befriending someone to avoid being called judgmental? No, I wouldn't befriend someone whose conduct I found reprehensible. People could call me whatever they liked.
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I see, peer pressure can be an excuse to be judgemental towards others. Judgement can be based on intuition and perception as well as ridicule, antagonism, contempt, disapproval, etc. Thank you for your answer
Judging your answer :) a very interesting viewpoint.
Got ya! We are all judgemental then. I may have to stop being so hard on myself :) Good way of looking at it.
@attikos: could u possibly reword the last paragraph in your post here? I don't really understand what you're saying.
Sure. I said you can't criticize others for having arrogated a presumed right to judge without being judgmental yourself.
o.k., thanks for clarifying!!
I totally agree with you & especially when it comes to being aware of your surroundings. Quite often, people can avoid harassment, assaults, and even death by properly judging the movements of and body language of those around them.
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There seems to be a consensus (online and offline discussion) that ego has a big part in association with judging others, therfore that would make the "God Complex" non-existent when dealing with being judgemental due to ego.
Why do I ask? I have somewhat of a limited exposure to a broader scope of opinions from people who are not in my circle. I enjoy gaining knowledge from others "its what makes the world go round." Your right "God is the fairest and best judge of all."
Are you saying you never judge anyone?
Peeples, I honestly try not too. I suppose opinions can seem like judging at times. As far as saying bad things about people, Or how they are dressed, etc. No I don't. It's not my place peeples. :)
That's interesting, I agree that its not our place to judge others. When I do find myself judging others I immediately ask God for forgiveness and humble my thoughts. We can only do our best at trying not to be judgemental and it's not easy :)
I totally agree dndswordsmith. Great question by the way. :)
@JT: would u say there is or isn't a difference between "judging" & the term "discernment" as often used by Christians?
Starmom there is no difference. Discernment is still judging which is wrong. :)
Discernment: the faculty of discerning; discrimination; acuteness of judgment and understanding.
How can acuity in judgment and understanding be wrong? The world would be a better place were everyone to have it.
Think of a behavior u consider wrong/sinful/etc. If someone who had that way of life became ur neighbor, coworker, etc., would u feel obligated to take them on as a close friend because they accuse u of being 'judgmental' if u do not?
Of course I would befriend them. Unless they call me judgmental for no reason? Then I would just distance myself from them to prevent further verbal abuse.
Okay, going off of the definition used, I understand. Your view makes sense having categorized judgement as an opinion. Thank you for your answer :)
I think general confusion (re: both definitions & people vs. behavior) is why the topic has become such a messy issue these days.