We have been taught that when we let judgment of others roll off our tongue, we have committed a great sin. However, we all have opinions! Some, we keep in our heads and to ourselves. When we remain silent with those judgments, are we still sinning with just the mere thought?
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You made some really good points and I find myself agreeing with you.
Yes, we tend to judge as if it were a survival mechanism.
Mrs. Backporchstories, can You elaborate on your statement that "we tend to judge as if it were a survival mechanism" - I am interested in the combination of two words You have chosen: "as if".
If you possess clarity, compassion, love and understanding then you would have no need to judge!
We are not talking about condemning someone to hell...that is God's territory. When the Bible speaks about "judging", in general, it is referring to using judicious discernment, without which, we would not know right from wrong or truth from fiction.
Here is the definition of judgement: "1. the act of judging. 2 a judicial decision, a sentence of a court of justice. 3 discernment, discrimination. 4 the capacity for arriving at reasonable conclusion leading to well adapted behavior"This is bad?lol
Thanks for your thoughts, Mr. Happy. Please read my hub, "It's not good, it's not bad, but it's not me," and I'll be happy to discuss this position. Philosophers often define terms outside their dictionary definitions.
Can You please link your hub? I looked on your profile and did not see it. Thank You.
Happy to help, Mr. Happy. Here's the link: http://hub.me/acItR . Please also see my comment below under Tusitala Tom and my answer to C. J. Sledgehammer's question. What definition of judge did Jesus use, Mt 7:1, "judge not, that you be not judged"?
The hub about it's not good, it's not bad ... having issues tracking it.
Mr. Happy: The hub is asleep. I tried to post a link here, but it went into moderation. You'll have to cut & paste: http://sidkemp.hubpages.com/hub/Its-not-good-Its-n... Pls also see all my other comments on this page. Emailing
This is a pretty annoying technicality with hubs being asleep - do hubs really need sleep? lol The link said the hub does not exist - I think it takes a day or two for it to wake up ... Hub-pages ... why ...
Actually, this link will work. In the last comment, the period at the end messed things up: https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Its-not-g... Pls also read all comments on this page, esp. those to CJ Sledgehammer, & chk yr e
Sid, you wrote "We surrender all judgment and all evaluation of others to God...." I mean no offense, but this philosophy sounds like Eastern mysticism. The Almighty and His Son, never told us to surrender our judgment...that's spiritual suicide.
Hi CJ: We're using the term "judgment" quite differently. Please see the bible references you requested (below) and email me directly if you want to discuss.
Good point Mr. C.J. Sledgehammer. (About the spiritual suicide.)
"Tolerance" is the battle cry of the morally bankrupt. You know damn well you don't respect the opinions of those who differ from yours. You know damn well you hate those who will not endorse your homosexual agenda. You just aren't honest about it.
Err. Please don't slander my reputation. I have no problem with people who have a problem with my sexuality.Their problem, not mine. I respect those who have the backing of sources with their opinion. You have not yet provided this to ANYONE.
What reputation? What slander? No problem with those who disagree with you? Who are you trying to kid? The sources I can give are legit, but they are not politically correct or endorsed by your homosexual lobby. You are not open to honest discourse.
Morally Bankrupt? Stating I have hatred of anyone? That I'm not honest? I have morals, I hate no one including you. I'm always honest. I'm happy to see your sources, PC or not, if you give mine the same. I'm open to honest discourse, no name callin
It seems to me, we are all sinners! We all continue to sin! I do love my brothers and sisters, even if they do not love me, however, I cannot seem to control judgmental thoughts that will pop in my head, when I see things I do not agree with. Hmmm
Bravo, Tom!!! You hit the nail right on the head.
The first Being whom I meet that has a perspective similar to that of my own on this subject. Happy to meet You. : )
Actually, tho' Mr. Happy critiqued my language, I agree with this view. I just express it differently, following the way Jesus used the word when he said, "judge not, lest ye be judged." I call benign views "assessments" and harmful ones "judgments."
Corinthians 6:2-3 "Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And, if the world is judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels - not to speak of things pertaining to this life?"
Matthew 7:1: Judge not, that you be not judged. ; Right here, we are directed not to judge. In all of Matthew 5, we are directed to live in ways that exclude what I call judgment, esp. 5:21 & 5:43. Judgment is angry, assessment & forgiveness,
I like you, Sid, but I think you are misunderstanding the Biblical context. If we cannot come to wise judgments concerning all things, how are we able to help those in need? If you don't understand what the problem is, how can you even pray for them?
There are two ways to view this. One is simply terminology: What you call "wise judgments," I call "assessments." That way,I do not judge (as Jesus directed). Or, I seek to turn every decision over to God. I see the situation & ask Jesus what to
Did John the Baptist sin by calling Herod's wife a whore? Did Yeshua sin when He threw out the money changers? Righteous judgment is our mandate, without which we can't tell a tree by the fruit it bears or test the spirits to see if they are from God
Naming fact is not sin. Calling someone a whore is not judgment. But even a trace of anger is the same as murder, as stoning that whore. & Jeshua could throw out the money-changes from where they didn't belong because he belonged there, being w/o
"Righteous judgment is our mandate" - Warriors of the Light are around. : )