Right judgment

What does the Bible say about Judging others?

                                                                                  By Trevor Hartley

One of the most famous and misunderstood verse Matthew 7.1 Judge not, that you be not judged.                                         Bible scholars will agree it’s a verse widely taken out of context, when we quote only one line of a verse from a chapter it can become distorted and take on a whole new meaning. Most will use this verse to say you should not judge others, many Christians and non-believers will use this verse as a sort of defense mechanism to say you should not judge others.

I sometimes respond in this way about Judging “If you came home early one day and saw a stranger breaking into your house would you wait until he breaks into your house and remove your goods before judging this individual as a thief? Or would you judge this person as a thief by calling the authority that is breaking into your house? The problem is the message Jesus was trying to convey must be read in its entirety.

Matthew 7:1-5

“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Jesus is saying before you judge someone make sure you are not guilty of the same judgement. When we read a verse in the body of a chapter it doesn’t always sum up the meaning, in this case Judgement is about judging others fairly. Judging others is also clarified again in other verses throughout the Bible.

John 7:23-25

If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the Sabbath I made a man’s whole body well? 24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

Again, we see that Jesus explains what the right type of Judgment. There are several verses in the Bible for judging deceivers and false prophets. Some listed below:

Revelation 2:1-3                                                                                                                                                                                             2 Thessalonians 2:3                                                                                                                                                                                 Matthew 24:3-5                                                                                                                                                                               Ephesians 5:6                                                                                                                                                                                 Colossians 2:8

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