"Do not judge, or you too will be judged", said Jesus. What does it mean? That judges should consider all criminals innocent? Or that in the next soccer game there will no longer be a referee running on the field? Not so.
By other passages of the Bible you will find that here Jesus condemns judging the motives and intentions of people; to draw conclusions by their appearance and things like that.
Of course there are things that we should rather judge, as the things people say or do, especially when concerning God. For doing this we have one measure: the Bible, the Word of God.
So the problem is not in judgment itself, but in the plank we have in our eyes; in inability to see what is right or wrong when we want to take the sawdust of other people eyes.
No one should want to judge anything without a perfect measure or standard. If you do not recur to God as the standard and measure for your discernment of things and people, you'll end adopting the most convenient reference: yourself.
And that's when you start judging others even as a therapy. You will always feel good when you find someone worse. You know... "I drink, but do not steal," or "I steal, but do not kill," and so on.
Considering the world is a great fair of vanity and malice, there will always be plenty of people worse than you to compare. But what happens if you compare yourself to God? What happens if you compare yourself to Jesus? It will be bad for your ego; you will be before the perfection and the perfect man.
That is why God in the Bible makes it very clear that all people are sinners, all are far from the standard, including you and me. What to do? Improve? Well, if you are able to wash coal and dry ice, you can go on trying. God says you will not achieve anything unless you start from scratch — unless you be reborn, born again. But that also does not come from you.
Have you ever seen a newborn bragging about the effort he made to be born? You won't. Anyone who is born has no part in labor. The work, pain, blood, everything is the mother's. Someone had to suffer putting her life in risk for you to be born.
To be born again is no different. Jesus suffered, died and shed blood so that you may live. Not a mere natural life but eternal life.
"And the Lord gave me an answer, and said
Put the vision in writing and make it clear on stones,
so that the reader may go quickly.". Habacuque 2:2
#014 Bad Judgment
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