Does the scripture really say we are not to judge?
So many people say that scriptures say we are not to judge. Is that really what is says? or does it actually say something else? If so what does it really say?
celafoe- Good question. Jesus does speak about judging others. And I believe in His examples, what He was trying to tell us is that if we do Judge others, we should not be hypocrites in the process. I believe Matthew 7:1-5 is a perfect example of what I'm talking about.
Again, good question.
Yes! We must be careful and watch our words like saying fools and judging them.
Insulting and criticizing others are one way of praising ourselves. For It is written" Insulting criticizing others are evil ways.Sometimes we are unaware of what we've spoken, it doesn't mean anything to us but to them it means everything.
No one knows what a person thinks and what he is and what is in his heart only GOD knows.
Yes, this can be found in Matthew 7 (the end of the Sermon on the Mount). Verse 1 says "Do not judge or you too will be judged." It also continues talking about judgement throughout the chapter. Some other verses on the topic of judgement include Luke 6:37, James 4:11-12, 2 Corinthians 5:10 and probably many others that I am missing!
We are warned that if we judge, we too shall be judged by God. This is not the only reason why we are warned not to judge. We are redeemed through Christ which makes this obsolete so then why would Jesus himself continue to teach about judging? The Bible teaches us that our mouths & the words that come from them speak life or speak death. When we speak negatively (death) about others, it is not just effecting them, but us as well. We curse ourselves when we do this. This is why we are told not to judge. The world was created by the word's of God. Everything on this planet reacts to words, including plants. Many have done experiments with the power of negative & positive words using plants. If you speak negative words to a plant, it will become ill and possibly die or not bare fruit, but when you speak positively to plants, they will grow more abundantly. So when it comes down to it, being told not to judge is yet another example of God's love for us. He didn't want us to simply know its wrong, but to understand that when we do this, we are hurting ourselves.
In order to interprete what Jesus' teaching is targeting to , one need to separate himself from what people say that the " scripture "says. Taking Matt. 7:1.2; Luke 6:37: even John 8:15 , as a base for this discussion, we have to consider and understand the context, as in most of the instances, since Jesus' teaching wasn't spoken in chapter and verse which in reality recorded in original Greek text is recorded each " book " ( gospels ) as one single long uninterrupted sentence all the same capital letters. Earlier aded verses mean not to be critical of other people or they will be critical of you; pointing to mental " judging" or an opinion. Assuming that Jesus of Nazareth knew the common " problem" of the day, is giving a practical advise : do mind your own business . . . ( keep out of trouble ).
Bringing to our reality : average human inter- relationship occurance " Christians " not exempt ( is this judging now? God the Holy Spirit knows those living righteously by faith , Rom . 1 -:17) or rest of those who are pursuing the business of the Kingdom of God " among you..."
In my inner ears rings a message said by the Messiah ," leve him ( your neighbor ) alone, look at yourself and consider your Christianity how much better you are according to the requirement to those who follow Jesus , the Messiah.
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