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Judging Others Is Wrong, But Why Do so Many People Do It?

Updated on February 4, 2021
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Rosemary is author of six books on mental health and inspirational poetry. She is a motivational speaker and a volunteer peer advocate.

I went to church today and I really enjoyed it, but I was thinking about some things that have come up recently. Okay. Well, we know every person on this earth has faults and that none of us is perfect. So why do so many judge others? I think it's ignorance, lack of disipline, and a lukewarm attitude. I've been personally attacked when I shared intimate details with a trusted friend or family member who ended up betraying me and telling others, and the person who betrayed me, as well as the others, [mind you I'm not ashamed at all, nor do I feel guilty] has done the same things. I don't feel guilty because I'm human and I'm okay with that. I'm also okay with others being human. My goal is to never say a bad word about anyone, have you ever heard of people like that? I think it may be rare, but a most admirable trait!

Judging Others Is Wrong!


From my life experience, I've met all kinds of people. Some who are non religious seem pretty accepting of others; some may not be. But I do admire those who do accept others, and mind their own business. It's one thing to try and be helpful to say a teenager by giving them information about drugs and safe sex or whatever, and another thing to down them, insult them, and tell them they're no good.

Well, this hub is really geared towards Christians, who I've had personal experience with and apparently, many are not paying attention to what they hear the priest/preacher say or what they read in the bible.

Do you think you're righteous?

"We all fall short of the glory of God"

"For by grace are ye saved, lest any man should boast."

[To those who like to gossip:] Do you really think you never did anything wrong? If you gossip about others, who does that help? It angers God, and is punishable....Isn't that against one of the commandments? "Thou shalt not bear false witness against one's neighbor?" This pertains to spreading gossip whether it is true or not. Still it is slander.

In my recent years, I've been paying attention more and I've learned that,

  • No one is above anyone else
  • If you are better at something, it's because God made you that way! (Some people are more prone to anger than others for example. So if you're not an angry person it doesn't mean you're better, and the same goes with any sin.)
  • You have a past, so don't judge other's "present", instead be encouraging, not judging
  • Mary Magdelene was loved by God so much, and she was considered one of the worst sinners in her time- an adulteress.
  • God loves the sinner- He is abundently merciful! He will forgive you anything if you are sorry and want to turn your life around!
  • Any day is a good day to change your life for the better

When I was young, and went to church very often, I noticed a lot of things that should not have gone on, mainly people talking about others when they shouldn't, and also I noticed that many think they are holier than thou, especially if they think they pray more, which really doesn't make you any better, and even if you are trying hard and maybe the fact is, you're trying harder than the average person, you still need to be humble.

On the other hand, many are admirable in their ways! It's not easy to do what is not easy to do, but to have a love of neighbor and a love/desire to do good, that's a great thing to have.

I've also noticed that even though suffering is not fun, I can see how it builds character.

I just wanted to write this because I have seen a lot of this in my life latley, people who are just "not very smart" and it just made me think. It's wrong to listen to gossip because even if you're not the one saying things, you're still feeding into it. Stop thinking you're better! "Remove the speck in your eye before you pick on the one in someone else's."

How hard do you try to avoid speaking ill of others?

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