For Christians only. Does the bible require us to Judge or NOT to judge.
Does the bible require us to judge? If so what are we to judge? How do we Judge?
If we are not to judge why not? Whatever your answer it must have scripture , in context, or it will not be allowed.
1 John 4: Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?
2 The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;
3 whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;
4 who despises a vile person
but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change their mind;
5 who lends money to the poor without interest;
who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things
will never be shaken.
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but whoever hates correction is stupid.
2 Good people obtain favor from the Lord,
but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.
3 No one can be established through wickedness,
but the righteous cannot be uprooted.
4 A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown,
but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.
5 The plans of the righteous are just,
but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.
6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,
but the speech of the upright rescues them.
7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
but the house of the righteous stands firm.
8 A person is praised according to their prudence,
and one with a warped mind is despised.
1 Corinthians 5:12-13 [NIV]. "What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. Expel the wicked man from among you."
If you take this one verse along with every verse you can find about Christians rebuking their brothers and sisters for wrong-doing, I believe it's strikingly obvious we're to judge another Christian's actions and do something about the sinners. Many Christians today are doing just the opposite. They judge those outside of the church and try to get them to change their ways, yet they turn a blind eye to those on the inside and the sin continues. Most often they will quote the verses about not judging so they can stop someone from rebuking them or someone else for actions they themselves are guilty of doing.
We are to judge people by THEIR FRUITS, not the person. God loves the sinner, but not the sin. People take "judge not" out of context all the time to defend something immoral.
Matthew 7:16, 7:20
There are different definitions of the word judge as well as the different references in context. Matthew 7:1-5 speaks of judgment in reference to condemnation. By this grouping of scripture, the bible tells us not to judge (condemn) others because we are judged ourselves by the manner which we judge others. When we condemn others as according to their sins, God also judges us as according to our own sins. No one sin is worse than another. Christ even said "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone". In this context, we are not to judge.
In other contexts, Judging also means to formulate an opinion in an effort to correct or to gain understanding
If memory serves me, we are instructed in Matthew 7, "Judge not, lest you be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
We are to operate with discernment, but I don't regard that as synonymous with "judgment".
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