Why do people feel that they have a God given right to judge others?
In my experience reading alot of the answers around christianity, I have found that the very people who profess to be christians are casting the first stone. Not everyone. But I have to honestly say the majority from what I've read. Why? and how are they able to do this if they are christians, It is not a natural trait. I really struggle with this and cannot get my head around it. Please tell me where the christian part of relaying damming judgements on people lies? Its incredible that some feel that they do have this right!
Because it's hard to see there own faults when judging another.
Maybe those judgemental people aren't as christian as they and you, seem to think they are. Don't be confused by those who don't practice what their master taught them. They are hipocrites
People are people...no one should judge..the Bible clearly states that we will be judged as we judge others: Matthew 7:2 ...the Bible also equates gossip with murder...in either case rather than listening to judgmental comments or gossip, confront the person pointing out that what is being said is either a judgement or gossip, do not participate, if it persists walk away and cross them off your Christmas Card list. Hope this helps...I apologize for your experiences in this area.
FSlovenec no need to aplologize for others you are a gentleman! I sometimes become infuriated at the sheer bigotry of others. Thankyou for your comments.
Remember that Mat 7 was written to believers... Not to a sinful world that rejects the concept of Sin and lives in wickedness. We are a called out assembly that Jesus has already cleaned up. It is our purpose here to proclaim the Savior VS Sin
Christ said..." Not all who say Lord..Lord... shall enter into the kingdom of heaven". which simply translates to "not everyone who claims to be a Christian is !!
He also said "You shall know them by their works". Again how they act and speak will show you who they truly are.
It truth cherriquinn a lot of self-professed Christians "talk the talk"...but they DO NOT "walk the walk!" Christ also spoke of these people.....He said "They have a form of Godliness but deny the power.....FROM SUCH TURN AWAY!!!
It certainly appears that you have good instincts cherriquinn. They will serve you well.
So right on point...just pray that they will see the truth and step away from the judgmental attitude.
Thank you...good stuff!
Thankyou point2make. I'm not sure about good instincts but I do feel that life could be so much more enriched for so many if we shared compassion, enabling others, rather than oppressing them with our negative,egotistical views.
I think many people who claim to be Christian feel they are "speaking the truth in love" which means they speak their form of "truth" as a service to those who do not follow this truth. These people actually think they are doing a service to God and not judging, because it is "truth". This phrase is really starting to bother me more and more lately because of how people abuse it to be judgmental and pathetic. It is sad.
Yes. It is so easy to use this 'truth' as a shield from an individuals personal opinion.Thankyou.
Have you already put on Christ? Have you yet overcome the worldly carnal self from before you met Jesus? "Ye Must be Born Again from Above..." Titles do not save, Only Jesus can save you from your sins He will also Clean & help you. If you let
The way I see it, the only "God-given" part of this is the physical voice that God gave them. He in no way gave them any right to judge others in His name. On the contrary, He clearly instructs the exact opposite in Matthew 7:1 when He says, "Judge not, lest ye be judged".
I agree with Rev. Akins that too many people are hiding behind the "speaking the truth in love" line, pointing out the tiny sliver in the other persons eye, instead of concerning themselves with the massive beam in their own eye.
The end result is that Christians come across as hypocrites. I strongly believe that the major part of Christianity is a constant self-examination. If we all concentrated on what we have to work on in our own lives, I'm fairly confident that we can leave the other people for God to take care of.
Telling someone they're judging is making a judgment on their action. I see people are not being upset about the "judgment" but the fact that someone calls them on their sin. For instance, if our teacher tells us not to turn in our assignment late because she won't accept it, my warning my classmate is me showing concern. How I feel about her, personally, has nothing to do with the warning. In the same respect, when a Christian warns someone that their sin has consequences, it's meant to be an act of concern because there is a God that will judge.
Matt 7 is an entire chapter about judging. We're not supposed to judge "hypocritically" (see verses 2-5). I'm not to tell you to do something if I'm participating in the same sin. We're also commanded to judge ourselves and the church. We're to judge righteously (John 7:24) - meaning we measure everything we do against the Bible and not by our opinion.
"Casting stones" is another misunderstood passage. The woman was literally about to be hit in the head with large rocks until she died - which most people aren't today. There were two main problems here. 1) The law required both the man & woman to be stoned (Lev 20:10), so the man should have been there also. If would have been unjust to punish just her. 2) Had she been killed, she would have died in the natural and would have never had an opportunity of salvation - which is why Jesus came. He forgave and saved her, but He clearly told her she was sinning and to stop ("Go, and sin no more" - John 8:11).
Some people need to work on their delivery in speaking to people, and there are many that will say one thing and live another; however, we are told to call sin "sin". The same way we have laws in our states to let us know what we can and can't do is the same way Christians are to use the Bible as the standard and state what God considers sin. What the hearer does with the information rests solely on him (Eze 3:17-21).
Thankyou for your comments.However my question is apart from God, which human has the authority to judge what is sin? We are all aware for example that criminal acts of violence,robbing, stealing as well as deceit and negative actions through jealousy are sin and I feel justified in saying this. However, assuming we are all speaking from the same stance where compassion and respect for others is what we live by, I refuse to accept that judging anothers' fundamental being and lifestyle is justified if they are good people and hold positive values in their life. NO-ONE has this right. I feel very strongly about this, and the way in which many christians use or hide behind their faith to express their own human prejudices.
don't understand the question. Christians have an objective moral truth they live by, which is found in the Bible. that objective moral truth is not dependent upon feelings, and is not up for debate.
My problem is the way in which that truth is at tmes interpreted and often twisted by many to fit in with their own their own beliefs and feelings about something. You are right moral truth is not dependant upon feelings.
can't vouch for others.... and neither can you. I don't like the way that many dabble in moral relativism=depending more on their emotions, wants, desires & opinions in light of the Word, & the Objective moral truth it presents- and don't se
no I can't vouch for others but I've read some pretty blatant,obvious damming statements on hubs by christians about other's lifestyles without knowing anything of them. And I don't simply mean offering their opinions of which we're all entitled
They have not learned the truth about judging . I too used to be guilty of it. All I can say is be patient with them, because we all are still growing in our knowledge of Christ.
I think we can all be guilty of judging to some degree because we're human.Blimmey I'm no saint! but I am aware of others and I believe in treating people with the respect they deserve as human beings and just accepting that we are all unique.
God is the only one who has the right to judge, and we have no right. We are all guilty of something or other, then how can we judge others! I just stay away from people who judge others.
I just think that it is so sad that we feel a need to judge others. There is no need and I feel if the same energy was put into positive words and building people up, then we may be greeted with more positvity from others we thought unable to reach
There are two or three sides to this.
Christians are to Proclaim the Gospel to the World... the Gospel (Good News) of Forgiveness of God from Sin and the Gift of Eternal Life.
That Sin needs to be Proclaimed Wrong is also necessary.. Why? Because any person who thinks they are without sin has no need for the Free Gift of Salvation.
How can I give you a life Jacket if you say to me "I never go near the Water so I Don't Need IT!!!"
The Bible Identifies Sin... tells us what it is... and in one case it even points at the worst of these sins ( 1Co6:10) and then in the next breath it says:
1Co 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
It is not about Judging you... it is about declaring the Disease of Society (SIN) and the Cure which is Jesus...
Because without understanding the need for the Cure.. That All people are sinners...
There can be no understanding of the Cure.. Jesus the Son of God who died for your sins.
Afterwards... People who have turned from their sinful lives and looked to Jesus for the Forgiveness of sins... They will find that they have help from Jesus to overcome the sins that they were chained to...
Whether those sins were A Cussing Mouth or Drug abuse or any other thing... Jesus Gives us his Spirit to live inside us when we first believe...
And that Spirit of Christ helps us to overcome Sin in our lives.
Its not about Judging you personally... God has already declared the Sin for what it is.
It is about showing you that there is a Cure for the condition... and presenting it to you...in the hope that you will receive it. Him.. Jesus WHo has power to help you overcome any Sin... and Heal your life as well. If you will trust in him.
Thankyou for commenting Mr Maranatha. May I firstly ask what the 'condition' is that you refer to in need of a cure? apart from the obvious evil in the world and not respecting or alowing others dignity, which hopefully by most christian standards is
The Sin Condition... What is it? Boil it down into something you can more easily understand: Rebellion against God and his plan for our lives as individuals and as a society. Specifics: Read the New Testament Esp. Mat,John,Romans and 1&2 Corin
Yes, I am already familiar with the new testament thank you.I'm happy that I strive to live a good life, treat others as I'd wish to be treat, also with my relationship with God.He alone will judge my thoughts,actions and words as He will everyone.
I am not a Christian so I cannot speak for them.
What I will share is what I have learned that the mind has a function that tells people what they like and what they do not like. I think that sometime opinions are strong and I think that other times people need to just not be concerned about the opinions of others, let them be who they are, and be the best you can be.
I think that many people who think they know God like to share their opinions, but I do not loose sleep over critics. If a flaw is found in my character I would look at if for myself sometimes people are right. If I do not see it well I just move on.
I think it best for a person to try to keep a steady mind when getting praised or critized. We all will have to face judgement with whom ever or what ever in the end.
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