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Why Thou Shall not Judge

Updated on September 18, 2013

It is said judge not so that you won’t be judged because in same measure you measured will it be measured for you. This biblical injunction may explain why most people, even the mystics, teach that we condemn the action but not the man. That is they teach that we hate what someone did wrong and not the person that did it.

It is for this reason that it becomes difficult for some people to know when to draw a line between an action and the person that performed the action. That is, how can we condemn an action that did not occur on its own but was caused while we liberate the person that initiated the action? That is, how can we say that murder is bad but a murderer is good?

The fact still remains that we all know the extent and settings in which this instruction is valid. This is because if the command is valid under all States and Settings then there will be no need for a court of law. However, the advocates of such command are of the opinion that the act was done out of ignorance. Then, for the mystics-since all religion has its own mysticism, they are of the opinion that forgiveness and love is essential for spiritual growth. Therefore, the act of not condemning the person that committed a crime makes it easier for us to forgive and love the person.

Then again, it is also written “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” This part of the biblical injunction is in the Old Testament which Moses gave. It comes into play only if we condemn both the action and the person that committed the action. However, we know that Jesus Christ is known as the prince of peace and there can be no peace without letting go of a wrong done to us. That is forgiveness.

The writer wants us to take a better look at the bible injunction, Matthew 7:1-2 “Judge not, that ye be not Judged. For with what Judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” The writer thinks that this command simply instructs that we should not do those things we condemn others for doing. That is practice what you preach. For instance, if we say that it is wrong to steal and we judge/condemn others for stealing then we shall face same judgment for stealing. The later verse- verse 4-seem to support this in that Jesus went ahead to say, “or how wilt thou say to thy brother, let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eyes?”

Therefore, it is wise that we, sincerely, avoid those things that we condemn so that we can see better to tell others that it is wrong. The act of condemning evil should not stop us from forgiving when we are in the position to do so. Moreover, Jesus instructed “love your enemies.” However, we must be bold and confident to condemn any evil for as long as we are certain that we will not be found wanting, at least in what we condemn else we shall be ready to face seem punishment.


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