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On judging others...

Often times Christians tell each other, "Thank you for not judging me."  I'm aware of the contradictory verses scattered throughout Scripture.

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 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? 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? 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.
Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you."
Matthew 7:1-6 ESV

"The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one."
1 Corinthians 2:15 ESV

The other verses repeat the same two ideas, "Judge not, lest you be judged," and "The spiritual one can judge, and he shouldn't be judged back."

The problem lies in the question, "What is being spiritual?"  I personally see thousands of denominations of Christianity all toting their version of what being spiritual is.  Do we exclude great people of other faiths because they do not match our tiny box of what we deem as spiritual?  How arrogant of us to really decide what is spiritual and not.  The bible has been used to commit atrocities throughout the ages, yet many believed they were doing what a "spiritually discerning" man should do.
In light of this I can pick and choose what I believe in the bible, but in reality my morality lies in "rational ought."  This means I weigh the decisions I make with what the consequences of that decision may be.  There is no such thing as "moral oughts."

The bible mentions morality, but even in the Christian worldview the individual still uses a "rational" view to actualize their morals.

So yes, I judge others; not as to condemn what they've done or what belief or unbelief they ascribe but in how they conduct their lives.  If they aren't infringing on the happiness of others, I do not press my opinions upon them.  If they ask me my opinions, I will try to be careful of their heart if they really want to hear what I want to say.

This is is the conundrum: Do I tell people my opinion of how they should view the world if I truly believe that is best?  My answer:  Only if they really want to hear it.  Otherwise, live how you see fit and enjoy life to the fullest.


Your are right, most the time judgement is subjective. The "spiritual man" is often the most belligerence ass anyone can meet... unless he is one that does not condemn others with his judgement. Jesus did not even judge us (John 8:15; 3:17).

The issue of the "spiritual man" is that if one is a true one, he is like Jesus. This man does not go out to condemn others but to point them to Jesus who can save us.

Great question my friend, and hope you are doing well.

Thanks for the comment Iggy. I'm doing well, hope you're doing well also.

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