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“Do Not Judge”: What’s That Supposed to mean?
The Christian Post ^ | August 22, 2013 | James R. Aist

Posted on 08/26/2013 7:15:30 PM PDT by James R. Aist

Born-again Christians who are proclaiming the truths of God’s Word are increasingly being accused, especially by unbelievers, of judging them, against the admonition of Jesus, “Do not judge”, as if Christians are not allowed, much less instructed, to judge anyone or anything, ever. But, is that really what Jesus meant? Is that a valid accusation, or is it merely a ploy to mislead us and keep us from speaking out on current moral issues, so that they can freely contend for their version of moral truth without opposition?

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KEYWORDS: condemnation; donotjudge; judge; judging; judgment; morality; pimpmyblog; sin

1 posted on 08/26/2013 7:15:30 PM PDT by James R. Aist
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To: James R. Aist

What does that word judge mean? As in what specifically did Christ mean?


2 posted on 08/26/2013 7:21:19 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Jesus said Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: Just mythoughts
It means what it says. Do not judge those who sin because you too are a sinner.

It also means that we as Christians are to discern what is right and wrong and what is good and what is evil based on the fact we are Christians, which means Christlike. We are never to compromise or endorse evil which is what unbelievers want us to do.

3 posted on 08/26/2013 7:27:58 PM PDT by Patrick1 (“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”)
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To: James R. Aist

I think we all are going to be judged at the pearly gates. I hope all the FREEPERS meet up in Heaven. God will let us know how we did down on Earth.


4 posted on 08/26/2013 7:32:44 PM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: James R. Aist
The Greek word for judge is “krino” and it means “to call into question”. This is what Jesus means when He says “judge with righteous judgment”. We are to call into question the unbiblical actions of individuals and discern for ourselves whether or not to follow such a person. This is something that is sorely lacking in the Christian community today. It seems everyone is afraid of being accused of judging others. Mostly this misrepresentation of scriptures comes from those who are not following Jesus at all, let alone being biblically knowledgeable. When that verse is used it is always in relationship to someone condemning someone else’s seemingly judgmental attitude. Christians aren’t to condemn, but we are to judge/call into question the actions of others and use biblical discernment to do so.

“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” John 7:24

I Corinthians 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

2 Timothy 4:2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

5 posted on 08/26/2013 7:35:49 PM PDT by CynicalBear (For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ)
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To: James R. Aist
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Welcome to Free Republic. Four months, and only two posts (both excerpted blog entries)?

6 posted on 08/26/2013 7:35:56 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny.)
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To: James R. Aist

‘Judge’ is one of those words with many meanings.

My reading: it is intended in a clearly pejorative sense in the verse in question. Synonyms for ‘judge’ in this sense would be to damn or to gratuitously belittle. I think the verse means: If you do not want spirits coming at you which damn or gratuitously belittle, then refrain yourself from damning or gratuitously belittling. That’s not always easy and sometimes it isn’t obvious that you did it until you find yourself getting poked in the eye by the same spirit that you embraced to carry out the act. After all, you gave it permission! Blessedly, this sin is forgivable. But like all sins it needs forsaking.


7 posted on 08/26/2013 7:40:51 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: James R. Aist

Judge not, that ye be not judged

Think before you criticize others, for you may be criticized yourself in return.
The source is Matthew, vii, 1. It is part of the sermon of the mount and reads:: ‘Judge not, that you may not be judged yourselves; for as you judge so you will be judged, and the measures you deal out to others will be dealt out to yourselves.’


8 posted on 08/26/2013 7:46:46 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: James R. Aist

http://biblehub.com/proverbs/24-23.htm


9 posted on 08/26/2013 7:47:37 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Just mythoughts
The best interpretation is "condemn not, least you be condemned".

Compare this with 1 Corinthians 2:15:

"But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged by no one."

Here the word "judges" means "appraises".

The 2 commands don't make sense if the word "judge" is used literally. But when translated into the more accurate "condemn" and "appraise", they make perfect sense.

10 posted on 08/26/2013 7:50:29 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
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To: James R. Aist

“Judge, and be prepared to be judged” was Ayn Rand’s dictum.

That’s the way this world is, at least.


11 posted on 08/26/2013 7:53:00 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: Patrick1

After the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil was taken by man, an existence involving spiritual separation from God surely followed.

It remains today, except for those who accept faith in Christ, who are then given a regenerated human spirit by God Himself.

Our souls are still scarred by confusing discernment of good and evil for righteousness and judgment. The later two form God’s Holiness, while the others are consequent to legitimate authority.


12 posted on 08/26/2013 7:56:53 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: James R. Aist

If I guess that the room I’m in is 18 feet across and say with great authority that the room is 18 feet that is just a judgement. If I measure the room and it is 19’ 2” and I say the room is 19’ 2” I have not judged but stated a fact. The Bible is the measuring tape for sin. When you say that certain behavior is sin because the Bible says it is sin, you have not judged but spoken truth.

We must always speak truth with love and know that the Lord is willing to forgive; just as he has forgiven us many times.


13 posted on 08/26/2013 8:05:13 PM PDT by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: James R. Aist

What’s interesting about Matthew 7:1 is that just five verses later Jesus also tells believers to not give that which is holy to the dogs and to not cast pearls before swine. Hmmm... Sounds a bit judgmental in today’s parlance. I mean, one has to be able to note the dogs and swine, right? Then, in John 7:24 believers are commanded to judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. The concept of being nonjudgmental is not quite as simple as the idea that believers should overlook and shrug the shoulders at every perversion because that would be judging.


14 posted on 08/26/2013 8:19:46 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: James R. Aist

That is only part of the verse Christ spoke. It is always only partly cited by people who want to take it out of context to mean “good” christians can never judge anyone else.

the full context of what Christ is saying is don’t judge and condemn others for the very same stuff you’re doing. In essence, don’t commit the sin of hypocrisy. Don’t expect to be let off for the same things you threw others to the dogs for.


15 posted on 08/26/2013 8:20:11 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Just mythoughts

krino..... greek

1) to separate, put asunder, to pick out, select, choose
2) to approve, esteem, to prefer
3) to be of opinion, deem, think, to be of opinion
4) to determine, resolve, decree
5) to judge
a) to pronounce an opinion concerning right and wrong
1) to be judged, i.e. summoned to trial that one’s case may be examined and judgment passed upon it
b) to pronounce judgment, to subject to censure
1) of those who act the part of judges or arbiters in matters of common life, or pass judgment on the deeds and words of others
6) to rule, govern
a) to preside over with the power of giving judicial decisions, because it was the prerogative of kings and rulers to pass judgment
7) to contend together, of warriors and combatants
a) to dispute
b) in a forensic sense
1) to go to law, have suit at law

Per Strong’s Concordance


16 posted on 08/26/2013 8:37:32 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: CynicalBear

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17 posted on 08/26/2013 8:40:17 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Just mythoughts
What does that word judge mean? As in what specifically did Christ mean?

It means quote the law, but be very careful about applying it to anyone, because you are most probably not coming from a place of love.

Paradoxically, only those who love can damn, because only those who love can know that there is no prejudice in their judgement.

And by damn, I mean damn to hell - which, of course, no one is actually empowered to do. But Lordy, to people love to teach others that they are damned!

Here's a perfect example - how many times have you seen fault in someone, and thought they were going to hell, versus how many times you have seen good in someone, and thought they were going to heaven?

As I said, this doesn't mean we don't point out the law (of God).

But a loving advisory is not a damnation, or a threat of damnation. Jesus far more encouraged, than threatened. And He outright commanded we love each other - not threaten each other with damnation "in the name of loving their souls," (as so many like to claim).

18 posted on 08/26/2013 8:41:37 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Patrick1

The bible commands us to judge others. We are to tell people when they sin. If they refuse to listen then tell them with some of our brothers in Christ with us. If they refuse to listen then tell the CHURCH. By the way, the church is the Catholic Church.


19 posted on 08/26/2013 8:41:41 PM PDT by impimp
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To: Just mythoughts

IMO, ‘Judge not, that you may not be judged yourselves; for as you judge so you will be judged, and the measures you deal out to others will be dealt out to yourselves.’ is an admonition to judge righteously. It’s not that we should not judge, but that our judgments must be clear of any ulterior motive or deceptive underpinnings.


20 posted on 08/26/2013 8:46:37 PM PDT by Hootowl
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To: James R. Aist

Remember what Jesus said.. I think it was John 12:47.... I have not come to judge, but to save.


21 posted on 08/26/2013 8:49:18 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: James R. Aist

“Judge not lest ye be judged.” With the standard you use to judge, you will be judged.


22 posted on 08/26/2013 9:00:49 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: James R. Aist

The liberals lie as usual. Everything is a tool to advance liberalism. The bible is no different. Take Jesus’ words out of context for things like “turn the other cheek” but ignore leviticus. Alinsky rules dontcha know


23 posted on 08/26/2013 9:01:52 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: James R. Aist

I never judge anyone. Not even the ones I despise.


24 posted on 08/26/2013 9:38:53 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (When you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil.)
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To: Salvation

Matthew 18:15-17
New International Version (NIV)
Dealing With Sin in the Church

15 “If your brother or sister[a] sins,[b] go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’[c] 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

The bible commands me to judge. I believe the Catholic interpretation of not judging refers to not judging if someone will go to Hell. We can judge the outward appearances (e.g. outwards displays of objective sin) in an effort to turn the person away from sin but we can’t say someone will be damned to Hell.


25 posted on 08/26/2013 9:43:36 PM PDT by impimp
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To: James R. Aist

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john%207:24&version=NKJV

“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” John 7:24

The words of Christ Himself.


26 posted on 08/26/2013 9:52:58 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: headsonpikes

Do remember that Ayn Rand was one of the main influences behind the Satanic Bible.


27 posted on 08/27/2013 2:35:02 AM PDT by Eurotwit
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To: Patrick1

Some would claim to even quote the scripture is judging. Say like Christ saying ‘Remember Lot’s wife. Or even to quote Christ that the law is still in effect. I think the word ‘judge’ means what ever any one individual decides they want it to mean.


28 posted on 08/27/2013 3:36:08 AM PDT by Just mythoughts (Jesus said Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: Hootowl

I do not disagree. Only the Heavenly Father can know motivation and intent. He also is the only one that keeps a perfect record. However, I do believe that one can discern by observing patterns if they develop. Say a person tells a lie, when called out, the person makes excuses, denies, or apologizes that if they offended. I do not consider it ‘judging’, to mark that person a congenital liar. I have no power to do anything to change that person.


29 posted on 08/27/2013 3:49:38 AM PDT by Just mythoughts (Jesus said Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: Eurotwit

“Do remember that Ayn Rand was one of the main influences behind the Satanic Bible.”

Ba da bing! Cue the laugh track...


30 posted on 08/27/2013 5:44:29 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: tired&retired

John 3:17 - “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” Next time He comes, however, it will be to judge and condemn the world.


31 posted on 08/27/2013 1:59:54 PM PDT by James R. Aist
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To: AD from SpringBay

Agreed.


32 posted on 08/27/2013 1:59:54 PM PDT by James R. Aist
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To: CynicalBear

Good points.


33 posted on 08/27/2013 1:59:54 PM PDT by James R. Aist
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To: James R. Aist

Here`s some good stuff on judging....I am accused of judging all the time, even by folks here

http://www.letusreason.org/Pent44.htm


34 posted on 01/16/2014 2:23:14 PM PST by Friendofgeorge ( Palin 2016 or bust)
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