May 4, 1999
The scripture that says “judge not” is the most misunderstood scripture in the Bible. Let us quote it and see what Jesus was really saying:
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, ﬁrst cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” Matt 7:1-5
Here Jesus is NOT telling us that we cannot judge, but is instead warning us of the law of karma if we judge harshly or incorrectly, for he says: “with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” Therefore, if you judge someone with minor faults to have major faults, this harsh judgment will come back to haunt you.
In this scripture He gives the key for righteous judgment: “ﬁrst cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” In other words, concentrate on eliminating your own faults ﬁrst, and then you will be able to make a correct judgment as to how to help your brother (or sister).
Here is another scripture illustrating even more clearly that Jesus was talking about the law of karma:
Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:36-38
Here He is simply saying that if we judge rashly, condemning our brother and not forgiving him, we will reap what we have sown and ﬁnd condemnation coming back to us. Jesus gives us a guide in using the power of judgment correctly:
“I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” John 5:30
As we seek to become one with God and follow His will, then the beam clogging our vision will be removed and our judgment will also be just. Here is an interesting scripture where Jesus actually tells us to judge:
“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” John 7:24
Judge with clarity wisdom and love, and when you di this and later judged, as you have judged, all will be well with you, but if you do not judge righteously, then the law of karma will bring painful judgments to your door.
Finally Jesus tells his twelve apostles that they shall be judges:
“And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” Matt 19:28
When you think of it, it is silly to say we should not judge. As soon as you wake in the morning you make a judgment as to whether to get up or sleep a while longer. When you get in the shower you make a judgment as to when you are clean enough to get out. When you eat breakfast you make a judgment as to what you will have and how much.
When you drive to work and are a little late you make a judgment as to whether you are going to speed or not. Finally you get to work and meet the new guy who was just hired. He wants to be your best friend and now you make a judgment on whether or not you want this type of personality in your life. Then your boss wants you to dig up some dirt on the boss above him. You judge your boss to be wrong and refuse.
We could go on and on here, but hopefully we get the point. Judgments are not wrong. Only wrong judgments are wrong. Every quality and ability has a positive and negative side to it. When the Bible and A Course in Miracles talks about judgment in a negative light, they are talking about negative, limiting judgments.
Example: The kid tells the parent he is going to get straight A’s next time around and the parent says: “You’ve failed miserably in the past, so you’re going to fail again.” This is a cruel and limiting judgment.
A positive judgment would be something like this: “I have seen you make progress in the past when you make an effort and I do believe you have it in you to dramatically improve your grades.” Here the parent made a judgment on the positive possibilities of the child, and in this case judgment is a good thing.
May 5, 1999
Concerning judgment, I do make a judgment as to when I am clean in the shower because I am usually in a big hurry when I do so and get out as soon as I judge myself clean. My wife gives me a bad time about showering so fast. She goes on automatic pilot and takes her time. It is true that many of our actions are habits and not predicated on judgment, but many are not.
I received some comments indicating that all judgments are bad so I will say a few more words. Indeed negative judgments can be very destructive, but some act as if all judgments are bad and this is not logical. Without judgment, every decision we make would be random and lead to destruction. As Rick said it would lead to a state of non livingness.
A reader states: “I believe if Jesus had made one judgment while on that cross, he would have cruciﬁed his body completely, and not resurrected. It is possible to cease judgment. It comes through statement of fact for me.”
Jesus made several judgments while on the cross. He made a judgment that John was the one who should take care of his mother and he complied. He made a judgment that it was still worthwhile to petition God to forgive those who cruciﬁed Him. He made a judgment to not call on angels to deliver Him. He made a judgment to be silent when accused. None of these judgments were the result of an automatic pilot.
Question: “How could we judge love, how could we judge happiness, did the Christ really live these states of mind?”
I judge love all the time. My judgment tells me that there is a lot of love among the members of this group. I know that this judgment does not interfere with any soul contact.
I also judge myself to be reasonably happy.
I think we just need to deﬁne our terms better and then it would be difﬁcult to disagree. A Course in Miracles went overboard to make a point about negative judgment just as the Apostle Paul did about being saved by grace. The disciples of both took the interpretation too literally and swung too far over on the pendulum.
May 6, 1999
Most people hear the word “judgment” and they immediately conjure up in their minds the act of sitting in judgment of what is right or wrong, moral or immoral, about the actions or quality of another human being. This is the negative aspect of judgment and we need to be very careful in dealing with it.
But beyond this is the positive aspect. Before any decision appears to the eye, two paths open up before the intelligent pilgrim. Before the decision is made, the entity examines the two paths, then weighs the beneﬁts of each and makes a judgment as to which one to take. After the judgment process is over, a DECISION is made. Decision and judgment go hand in hand.
Without this positive aspect of judgment, decisions would be random and lead to strange paths.
(For more teachings on judgment read my book – The Lost Key of the Buddha)
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