The Bible very clearly and specifically teaches against our elevating ourselves as judges over others. (Romans 2:1-2) Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are, if you judge; for in the thing in which you judge another, you condemn yourself, inasmuch as you that judge practice the same things. 2 Now we know that the judgment of God is, in accord with truth, against those who practice such things. --- (Romans 14:3-4) Let the one eating not look down on the one not eating, and let the one not eating not judge the one eating, for God has welcomed that one. 4 Who are you to judge the house servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for Jehovah can make him stand.

Jesus came to be our Judge and King: (Revelation 19:11-16) And I saw the heaven opened, and, look! a white horse. And the one seated upon it is called Faithful and True, and he judges and carries on war in righteousness. ...and the name he is called is The Word of God. 15 And out of his mouth there protrudes a sharp long sword, that he may strike the nations with it, and he will shepherd them with a rod of iron. He treads too the winepress of the anger of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 And upon his outer garment, even upon his thigh, he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

Yet, at the same time the Bible identifies Jesus as our judge, Jesus oddly enough, taught us he came "not to judge the world": (John 12:44-50) However, Jesus cried out and said: "He that puts faith in me puts faith, not in me [only], but in him [also] that sent me; 45 and he that beholds me beholds [also] him that sent me. 46 I have come as a light into the world, in order that everyone putting faith in me may not remain in the darkness. 47 But if anyone hears my sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I came, not to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 He that disregards me and does not receive my sayings has one to judge him. The word that I have spoken is what will judge him in the last day; 49 because I have not spoken out of my own impulse, but the Father himself who sent me has given me a commandment as to what to tell and what to speak. 50 Also, I know that his commandment means everlasting life. Therefore the things I speak, just as the Father has told me [them], so I speak [them]". (John 3:17)

We thus find that while the Bible states Jesus is our king and judge, it also teaches Jesus came "not to judge." That seeming contradiction is clarified by Jesus when he also taught the word he had spoken is what would be our judge. (John 12:48) Since the entire Bible is God's inspired word, we can have faith this is not a contradiction, but something we do well to understand. (2 Timothy 3:16 ; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

The Bible teaches some additional "truths" that might help us glean insight into what this Judgment might be; And how these scriptures are not a contradiction. [Bible prophecy, for example, is often understood only by looking back after it has been revealed. (John 20:9) We thus want to be cautions about trying to define the details of this judgment period, beyond what is clearly stated in the Bible. (1 Corinthians 4:6)] Besides prophetic teachings which are sometimes difficult to understand until after they are fulfilled, the Bible teaches many other things which are very clearly stated; So we can know definitively. For instance: It teaches clearly that God's eyes are roving about through all the earth to show his power in behalf of those whose heart is complete toward him. (2 Chronicles 16:9 ; Psalms 33:18-19) It teaches the wage sin pays is death but the gift God gives is everlasting life through Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:23) We can thus know men have been dying since Adam and Eve sinned. (Romans 5:12) Because of that, all creation has been groaning and being in pains together until today. (Romans 8:19-21) God does not desire any to be lost, but for all to gain life. (2 Peter 3:9) These are all clearly stated Bible facts, which we can clearly understand and have faith in. When God gave us free will, [and the inherent ability to become his friends, (Isaiah 41:8; James 2:21-23)] that same gift allows us also the freedom to choose bad; And through such a bad choice, to bring about our own death [by our choosing to reject the gift of life]. (Deuteronomy 30:19) God is perfect and unblemished, and so can not touch anything unclean. (2 Samuel 22:31) With their rebellion in Eden, mankind made themselves imperfect. All born since them, are born with that imperfection and with an inclination to do wrong. (Genesis 6:5) Even so, God loves us and offers to help mankind such as they will exercise faith in Christ Jesus as the ransom sacrifice for our sins. God can not touch the unclean thing, but He has made a way to help us through Christ. If we choose to disregard this provision for the life Adam and Eve stole from us, and to remain in our unclean state, we set ourselves apart from Jehovah's help and protection by means of our choice; By our own choice to be disobedient. The Bible further teaches us Jesus is a channel for Jehovah's spirit. Jesus often said to ones he healed: "Your faith has made you well." (Matthew 9:22; Mark 10:52; Luke 18:42) When a woman desiring to be healed (who was unclean by her illness, and thus by Jewish law should not have been out in public,) approached him secretly in the middle of a large crowd, Jesus asked who had touched him. (Mark 5:31; Mark 5:25-34) His disciples asked what he meant, as he was in the middle of a throng touching him! Why would Jesus be asking about just one of them who touched him? Jesus said he knew someone touched him, because he "felt power go out" of him. When the woman came forward and confessed it was her, Jesus told her it was her faith that made her well. On another occasion the Bible tells us that God's power was there for Jesus to do healing. (Luke 5:17 ; Luke 6:19)

These scriptures indicate a method of salvation (a method of healing our infirmities and giving us everlasting life): By means of our faith in Christ Jesus as savior. The woman with the flow of blood drew upon Jehovah's power to heal herself by means of her faith in Christ. (Mark 5:25-34) Hence, Christ would say to those he healed: "Go in peace, your faith has made you well." By having a real and living faith in Christ Jesus as God's means of salvation, we too can put ourselves in line to take advantage of God's spirit to help and protect us during the judgment period Jesus spoke of. (Hebrews 10:36-39) Familiarity with God's word builds such faith.

Of course, this is not to suggest that Jesus needed the faith of anyone else to accomplish powerful works. He raised the dead and calmed the raging sea. (Matthew 8:26; Mark 5:35-42; John 11:38-44) Those acts show Jesus did not need the faith of others to accomplish his will [always in harmony with his Father's will of course]. (Hebrews 10:9) Still, it seems Jehovah has chosen to allow our own personal faith to provide us salvation through Jesus. (Hopefully we are receiving protection during these last days we are now witness to.) God thus leaves our judgment in our own hands. We are, in this way, being judged by the words Jesus spoke. (Romans 2:15) As we exercise faith in Jesus, Jehovah's spirit comes through our faith in Jesus to provide what we need. Jehovah is thus doing everything He possibly can to grant life to everyone who will simply accept that gift through faith in Jesus. Freedom and life are gifts of God which are free for the taking, and accepting the gift of life hinges on our faith: Faith based on knowledge of what the Bible teaches (faith in the words Jesus spoke). (Matthew 8:13; Matthew 9:27-29; Matthew 13:58; Matthew 14:25-31; Matthew 17:18-20; Matthew 21:21-22; Mark 1:15) We are in that way, our own judges: Based on whether we accept and have faith in the teachings of Christ. (Romans 2:15-16)

Most religious organizations ignore this simple truth about the importance of faith based on our knowledge of what Jesus taught. They desire we become card carrying members of their organization, and then do the works they assign in order to gain life. Once you join, they want you to be at one with them as they render judgment as to who is righteous and who is unworthy of life. The abuse of organized religion is rampant. A common sentiment among those who try to cover up or excuse the wicked among their organization is: "Just look at the good such ones do, or at the good the organization does." They imagine you should just overlook the badness because of that perceived good. By this attitude, they effectively condone the abuse of others by wicked individuals in their midst. In this way, they support the pummeling of the weak by the unrighteous. (Matthew 24:48-51) All they are "really" doing is supporting wickedness. Our Creator, on the other hand, would spare a whole city of vile people (a city who sacrificed their own children to their false gods, and other such depraved badness) rather than kill 10 righteous ones along with the wicked. (Genesis 18:32-33) It would thus seem that any who spend their energies protecting such an organizational group, or imagine they are being protected by such a group, may be missing the point of it all: Jesus is the only mediator between ourselves and his Father. (Hebrews 7:24-25) Of course, each will have opportunity to defend themselves in the light of the teachings of the Christ. It is certainly not for any imperfect people to judge the righteousness of others who express faith in Jesus and his Father Jehovah. (Matthew 10:32-33 ; John 6:57 ; John 8:42 ; John 6:37-40 ; John 14:1) While we don't judge others, however, we must peacefully defend our own faith. (1 Peter 3:15-16) As we defend our faith, and better learn what the Bible says by doing so, we are also judging ourselves by the words of Jesus. (Romans 2:15) Then, after all is heard, and personal decisions are made within the mind and heart of each person as to where we place our faith, each one stands or falls on his or her own merit. (Romans 14:4) That judgment for life will very likely be tied to whether we are condemned or approved in our own conscience (Romans 2:15) and the to the resultant flow of holy spirit; Or the restriction of the spirit if our conscience condemns us.

The point of all this is to recognize our need for faith, and to recognize it is a very personal matter. You must first realize the need for God, (Hebrews 11:6) and then to have and manifest faith from your own knowledge of his word. Jesus said in the last days there would be conditions on the earth more terrible than ever before, (the tribulation of the last days,) and that unless God intervened no flesh would be saved. (Mark 13:8 & 13:19-21) How will God intervene? Apparently by using His spirit to help upright men and women by means of their faith in Christ Jesus. Will that day of salvation be one 24 hour day, or will it happen over an extended period? The Bible doesn't specifically say; and what the Bible doesn't say we don't know. If it were one day, it would seem individuals might try to assert faith just for the reward: Like those who followed Jesus for the food he provided. (John 6:26-29) If it were over an extended period, persons might simply start getting better, based on their faith. Such a process might go largely unnoticed by the unrighteous, so they would make no attempt to obey just for the sake of the reward. It might even appear such a hope was foolishness in the mind of the unrighteous. (1 Corinthians 1:18) We will simply have to wait to see how protection and salvation reveals itself. One clear thing: It is a wonderful time to be alive! All should be familiar with the scriptures cited on this website; so as to strengthen faith. It would be nice to remember chapter and verse, but if we learn what the Bible teaches it is enough. No one can take that away! We need to value the Christ and his teachings, and to keep these Bible teachings fresh in mind as recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Setting ourselves up as judges of others seems to be the opposite of being a good neighbor: The opposite of showing love of God and neighbor. Refusing to be judges over others is not the same as condoning what ever life style such individuals may choose for themselves. Being a good neighbor means helping them know what the Bible teaches. The Bible has very clear standards about what is acceptable behavior:
(1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ALT) (9) You* know that unrighteous [ones] will not inherit [the] kingdom of God, do you not? Stop being led astray [fig., being deceived]; neither sexual sinners nor idolaters nor adulterers nor passive partners in male-male sex nor active partners in male-male sex (10) nor covetous [ones] nor thieves nor drunkards nor slanderers [or, abusive persons] nor swindlers will inherit [the] kingdom of God. (11) And these some of you were! _But_ you yourselves were washed [or, purified], _but_ you were sanctified, _but_ you were justified [or, declared righteous] in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [or, by] the Spirit of our God! Do you notice the Bible says that is what some of those early Christians "were," thus indicating they had changed? You must learn for yourself what is acceptable and unacceptable (1 Timothy 1:8-11 ; James 4:17) as defined by the Bible, and as exemplified in the law of love. (Luke 10:27) You must then make changes to live in harmony with God's will. It won't happen overnight but you must sincerely do your best. Remembering God is good will help. It defines that anything God says is bad, is bad for YOU! No exceptions...

There is another way we tend to judge others; and it is a judgment most don't even recognize. When we expect people to respond in some certain way to our actions, we are judging them. If we give a gift, and the person does not respond with the appreciation we think they should; We may think they are judge them unloving and unkind. If they are friendlier with another person than they are with us; We may judge them prejudice, or respecters of men. (James 2:1-4 - They may actually be respecters of persons, of course, but we have no right to render such judgment.) Anytime we expect others to react to our actions toward them, in the way we think they ought to act, we are being judgmental toward them. Jesus illustrated this problem for us in Matthew 11:16-19: "Now, to what can I compare the people of this day? They are like children sitting in the marketplace. One group shouts to the other, (17) 'We played wedding music for you, but you wouldn't dance! We sang funeral songs, but you wouldn't cry!' (18) When John came, he fasted and drank no wine, and everyone said, 'He has a demon in him!' (19) When the Son of Man came, he ate and drank, and everyone said, 'Look at this man! He is a glutton and wine drinker, a friend of tax collectors and other outcasts!' God's wisdom, however, is shown to be true by its results." Jesus taught us by means of this illustration: Individuals who display this type of judgment become fault finders; Finding fault even with John the Baptist and himself. Show love for others, and accept what ever loving kindness they choose to display toward you, without any expectations. Placing your expectations upon others is a childish and selfish form of judgment.

That is the Bible truth then, about our imagining we are judges. The word spoken by Christ Jesus is our only judge. We are not to judge each other. Our assignment is to share the teachings of Christ. If an individual chooses to justify their actions, even actions contrary to the teachings of Christ, they are free to do so. Don't be deceived though, even though our judgment of others is worthless and even bad, we will all be judged by the words spoken by Jesus. (John 12:48) If we disregard the teachings of Jesus, it seems unlikely we could expect God's protection during the tribulation and breakdown of this system of things. (Matthew 7:21-23) We depend on the protection of God's spirit for salvation through that destruction, and we can not have such faith if we make ourselves unclean by our practices. Jehovah can not touch any unclean thing, which he would be doing if he gave his spirit to those choosing to be wicked by refusing the gift of life.

"That is what some of you were," quoted from 1 Corinthians 6:11 above, gives another reason for our not being judgmental of others. [We must of course, tell/teach others what the Bible teaches.] We were all sinners, and to some degree remain so even after we start trying to please our Creator through faith in his son's teachings. (1 John 1:8-10) Becoming Christ like is a life long project that will continue into eternity. The Bible teaches that even Christ Jesus "learned obedience from the things he suffered." (Hebrews 5:8) We know Jesus was sinless and thus he was certainly obedient. Even that perfect and faithful son of God could still learn. So will we all; forever. What a wonderful and perfect hope the Bible holds out to those who love Jehovah! (Psalm 37) At the same time we must recognize we are imperfect sinners, we must also do all in our power not to be "practicers" of sin. (1 John 3:3-11) Imperfect persons sin all the time in their ignorance of how to do better. That is different from allowing ourselves to continue practicing some sin we know is wrong, with no effort on our part to do better. It is made even worse if we try to justify ourselves by teaching some vile practice is approved by God! Recognizing we have all sinned however, and that we still do so, should also help us understand why we should not judge others.

In regard to our not being judges, some will likely assert Jesus judged satan and threw him out of heaven when he was seated in heaven as king. (Revelation 12:7-9) That is certainly true. Jesus is appointed as king and judge of all the earth; and of heaven as well. We are not! Jesus could perfectly measure satan by the words Jesus spoke, which words were given Jesus by his Father. (John 8:38) We are just imperfect people, striving to have and maintain faith in the "truth." We can and should of course, limit our association with individuals who openly defy and or denounce the teachings of Jesus. Even then, we are in no position to judge their heart condition, as we must remember we all remain sinners. If persons openly deny/defy the teachings of the Christ, each Christian will be able to recognize that for themselves. (John 10:27) We would also want to limit our association with those who assert other teachings than the Bible as spiritual food. Jehovah protects the righteous; (Ecclesiastes 9:1) He does not need us for that job. We simply teach people what the Bible says, and they judge themselves by how they respond to Jesus's words. Some early Christians who were under inspiration to write the Bible, and to heal the sick; Were also inspired by holy spirit to make judgments as to who were wicked. (Acts 5:7-11) The Bible has now been completed, and protected, and we have it in hand. No imperfect person today is making additions to the Bible, and no one is judging who is righteous. Our job is to learn what the Bible says, apply it in our lives, and teach others what we learn: Not to judge the efforts and progress of others. Jesus is the one doing that through the word he spoke. Jesus may have powerful spirit creatures helping him, but no imperfect men are judges over others. Those who assert they are judges are trying to mislead you!

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