“Do not judge, or you will be judged.”
Says Matthew in the Bible.
Do you agree that it is almost impossible NOT to make some sort of judgement as early as 15 seconds after meeting a new person or situation? I see science as the best way of refining judgements or finding out why you made the judgement in that way.
@Count Thank you for your link to medium.com and the writing of Zat Rana . On reading some of his other pieces I judge that he has another (Faith) agenda directed towards his personal improvements website and so has vested interest in proving science wrong
Everyone's experience of making judgments is bound to be personal and cannot really be helped by another person's experiences. This affects my view of science which I believe should be increasingly personal in nature - still working of course to get agreement across society but being guided by personal conclusions as on this site.
If you judge a person to be a beautiful child of the universe you will have judged correctly. If you see them as ugly, evil, or deficient you will have made a mistake—hopefully a mistake to be corrected at some point.
Of course the person might be a threat to be dealt with somehow, but that is another issue entirely. I love trees but if one is about to fall on me I’ll jump back.
As far as I'm aware, this verse is often taken in the wrong context. The (Aramaic?) word that is taken to mean "judge" is more correctly translated to mean "to condemn or hate". Don't hate someone in your heart. Don't condemn someone when you don't understand their burden.
The commandment "Thou shalt not kill is mistranslated in a similar manner - it should really be translated to "Thou shalt not murder" (or kill in hate).
Killing in war was ok, or killing your son even, if he started preaching a foreign religion.
I agree. I tend to have an initial gut reaction to someone, which is usually proven correct. I hold off making any decisions until I've gathered factual information to support that initial reaction. As a social worker, it's important for me to be able to recognize people's strengths and weaknesses, as well as to detect bullshit. As Dr House says "Everyone lies".
The true concept of diety based judgment seems to be lost on those who proclaim that they have read the bible. The same as their god’s instruction to “Love one another” is ignored in favour of the seemingly effortless, “I am doing god’s work in judging you”.
It is common to judge and evaluate a new person you meet or situation experienced for the first time. Self preservation is instinctive to determine friend or foe, safe or dangerous.
To judge a person or group and vilify them without knowledge or understanding is reckless and unfair.
Unfortunately, I've run into a lot of Christians who take this to mean "do not judge anyone, only the Lord can judge," which is a load of crap. These same people also claim not to judge, which is another load of crap. We make all kinds of judgments about people on an ongoing basis, and to not do so seems unnatural, unrealistic, and... impractical.