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Can a Christian render judgment?

  1. promisem profile image97
    promisemposted 10 months ago

    Can a Christian render judgment?

    If God created us, and we have the ability to judge, then God gave us judgment and the power to use it.

    As Jesus said in Matthew 7:1-3, "Judge not lest ye be judged". He did not forbid us to judge. He asks us in other passages to judge ourselves first and then prepare for judgment by God or others.

    Yes or no?

  2. erikdwyer profile image87
    erikdwyerposted 10 months ago

    Anyone can render judgement if they so please. Jesus didn't know what he was talking about at the time.

    1. promisem profile image97
      promisemposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      I respectfully agree with your first sentence and disagree with the second. I think Jesus knew that people who act immorally should realize their own flaws first before they judge other people.

  3. James A Watkins profile image93
    James A Watkinsposted 10 months ago

    We are commanded to judge wicked deeds and doctrines. “Let the one without sin cast the first stone” means we are not to be vigilantes who go around killing adulterers—especially if we have committed the same sin ourselves. It does not mean we are to say adultery is good. Jesus told the woman who was a habitual sinner, “Go! And Sin no more.” He never taught that we should keep on sinning and be proud of it. Christ believed in right and wrong and taught us the difference.
    ‘Do not judge’ is the Bible phrase most often quoted by those who do not believe in the Bible. God does disapprove of some kinds of judging but approves and actually commands others. We are not to pick on the faults of our brothers and sisters. But we are to correct those who spread lies about God, Jesus, or the Bible; those who misrepresent or deviously take Scripture (sacred writings) out of context; people who are proud of their sins; and especially people who call evil good. ‘Judge not’ applies to people who denounce others publicly for doing the same things they do secretly—where they think no one sees. God sees. It never meant ‘Do not confront evil’ or ‘Do not denounce sin.’

    1. promisem profile image97
      promisemposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      That's an insightful answer. I can tell you think about the meaning of the Bible and do not simply quote passages, like some people.

    2. MizBejabbers profile image89
      MizBejabbersposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      Who is to judge sin? Other than what is in the 10 Commandments, sometimes sin is in the eye of the beholder, not necessarily in God's eyes. I believe that is what is meant.

    3. promisem profile image97
      promisemposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      We judge the sins in each other every day. If God created us, he also created our ability to judge.

  4. Paul K Francis profile image83
    Paul K Francisposted 10 months ago

    We all have the ability and the tendency to judge and form opinions regarding the events that happen around us including the actions of others. We do this mostly for practical purposes. And while we can judge the actions of another, we should not, I think, render judgment  on the person himself because it is impossible to know enough about another to understand their motivations and their emotional states - what makes them 'tick'. We should instead turn inside to better understand ourselves. I think it is better to have a little empathy and show some compassion for others instead of judging them. Have a nice day.

    1. promisem profile image97
      promisemposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      I agree we should focus on understanding outselves first, even when it means judging our own flaws and errors.

      That said, some actions by other people are so clearly evil that I believe judgment is justified.

      Have a nice day yourself!

    2. MizBejabbers profile image89
      MizBejabbersposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      There are truly the evil, and there are those who unjustly judge others over a belief system, such as a non-drinker who judges his neighbor for having a glass of wine, or if dancing is against his religion, judges someone who goes dancing.

  5. MizBejabbers profile image89
    MizBejabbersposted 10 months ago

    I heard one Christian preacher say that the "judge not..." meant that one should not look upon another person with a holier-than-thou attitude. That is to not judge one by looking down upon another's actions. He said that we have the power to discriminate between good and undesirable or evil. He claimed that there was a difference between judging a person and discriminating. I'm not using the word "discriminating" in the prejudicial manner. Anyway, I liked his explanation and am passing it along.

    1. promisem profile image97
      promisemposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      That's an excellent observation. I take it to mean, "I can judge a person but I better not think I'm better than them".

    2. MizBejabbers profile image89
      MizBejabbersposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      Somewhat. Remember the old Indian saying, "don't judge a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins"? My mom criticized a neighbor (with 7 kids) who locked up the food pantry until mom had to hide snacks and goodies from my one of my sons.

  6. tamarawilhite profile image91
    tamarawilhiteposted 10 months ago

    Short answer - yes.
    Longer answer - read the rest of the verse! Judge not lest ye be judged, and then it goes on to condemn hypocrisy. We are called by God to call out evil and punish those who rape, maim, murder so that they stop committing those acts and discourage others from doing the same.
    The irony of liberals whipping out that verse is that they use it to say "you can't call what I'm doing wrong" while simultaneously condemning anyone who thinks less of them for their bad choices or evil acts.
    So yes, we are Biblically required to condemn rape and punish the rapists to protect women, to condemn murder and punish the murderer to save lives. You don't have to hate them to do the right thing, just as you don't have to be mad at your kid to spank them for breaking the rules. And you can forgive them to release your own anger, but it is immoral to say "he tugged on my heartstrings, exempt from the rules!"
    There is too much misplaced compassion for the criminal instead of the victim, and the first half of that verse gets used to do the same - to bully Christians into never saying anything is wrong so that people can commit deeds we know are wrong for them and bad for society.

  7. manatita44 profile image82
    manatita44posted 10 months ago

    In a loose sense, we are judging all the time, whether to do with crossing the road safely, or in talking about others in a negative way at work or elsewhere. We can and do minimise it, of course, but some aspects of it are necessary for growth.

    In a deeper sense, we are asked not to condemn as we do not or cannot enter into another mans shoes. Let the most hated man open up to you, and you will see that he shares the same desire for happiness, peace and love; wishes to be appreciated like you and I.

    Some people throw stones and forget that they are guilty of the same crimes. So many of us criticize those using mobiles while walking with their heads down, but when caught, we realise that we are in fact doing the same. Some say that every evil aspect of another, is seen because we have the same or something similar in our own nature.

    Anyway, much of this is about developing empathy, as if we are continually scathing, then we cannot develop empathy and when this is lacking there is no Love. A lack of Love reduces us to the level of the brute.

    To render judgement, is a heavy way of saying that we condemn. There is the Law, of course, necessary, even with it's flaws. But I would be careful as a human being, let alone a Christian, to be too heavy on folks, who like us, may simply be dealing with their own demons. Be guided by the Higher Love. Pray for empathy and compassion and you will begin to realise that we all carry burdens. Much Love.