Judge Not?... The massively gross twisting and misinterpretation of Matthew 7:1 has utterly destroyed my generation. ""Do not judge, or you too will be judged." Matthew 7:1 If only I had a dollar for everytime that verse has been quoted to me. Is Jesus really telling us that His followers are not supposed to judge right and wrong? Is He saying that we need to accept everyones point of view and tolerate an individuals beliefs, no matter how different or how askew they are from our Lords teachings of Truth? Is Jesus really permitting people to think that "Whats true for you, is not true for me"? The answer is a huge, HECK NO! Jesus is not telling us to tolerate other peoples beliefs at all! "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me...." John 14:6 Jesus didn't give us multiple options. He didn't tell us to pick the one that suits us best. He didn't merely suggest a few ways you could get to heaven. Jesus said that He is the only way, He is the only truth, and without Him, no man can have life! In light of knowing the Truth, does it sound like we should tolerate or accept the false teachings of this world? No, not at all. If you held the cure to a deadly disease, would you share it with the world or would you continue to let them hope in their placebos? What was Jesus talking about then, in Matthew 7:1 where he told us not to Judge? Perhaps it would make more sense to you if it was said this way... "Do not condemn or you too will be condemned" Jesus was not telling us to permit sin or to be tolerant of all belief systems. He was issuing a warning against having a spirit of superiority, and judging the motives of a persons heart or their eternal destiny. God alone knows the motives of the heart and God alone decides peoples eternal destiny. Standing up for the truth however, and calling people out when they are not teaching the truth are certainly NOT prohibited by Jesus. In fact He spent His entire ministry teaching the truth and calling people out of their sinful lifestyle. If we call ourselves Christians, we should be following His example, afterall, He is our Master and Teacher. Gods people are called to a higher standard. If we want to follow Jesus, He commands us to turn from our former lifestyle and sin no more. He calls us to Love what is right and to despise what is wrong. To be able to love right and hate wrong, requires there to be a defined right and wrong. It requires a line to be drawn in the sand. There is black and there is white. The world wants to blur the line in the sand. The world wants to create many shades of grey. And the world has been very successful at erasing the line and blurring the truth by quoting the "Do not Judge" verse out of context. "Do not Judge" seems to be the coverall verse to many people. It allows them to justify their lifestyle and live in any manner they please. Anyone who opposes their way of life, their belief system, or their sin is simply judging them. Somehow they seem to think that "Judge Not" justifies there belief that truth is relative. They think "whats true for you is not true for me." That logic is severely flawed though. Two cars can never occupy the same parking spot at the same time. Just as two opposites cannot both be true. Wake up people!! Christians need to forget about the definition of "Do not Judge" as the world has defined it. We need to be standing up for the Truth. Standing for a definite right and wrong! Remember, the same Jesus who said "Do not judge or you too will be judged." also said... "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye...." Matthew 7:3-5 We all deal with problems and struggles. None of us are perfect. But Jesus says, Don't be a hypocrite! Get your own problem under control before you try helping somebody else with their problem. Once you remove the log from your eye, then you'll be qualified to help your neighbor remove the speck of dirt from his eye. An active alcohalic has no right to help other alcohalics with their problem, he needs help himself. But a recovered alcohalic will have the wisdom to encourage and counsel those who still need help. He's been where they are and he knows what they are going through. Before you call somebody out of their lifestyle of sin, make sure you've turned from your own lifestyle of sin, or you'll become a hypocrite. Judge right and wrong, and do what is right. But you do not have the authority to set what is right and what is wrong. God has already defined that. Stop rebelling against God, stop telling Him that His ways don't work for you, that you need something else to be true for you, because there is no other Truth. There is no other Way. Accept Jesus' death on the cross as payment for the price of your sin; or perish. It's the only offer on the table, take it or leave it, but if you leave it, shut your mouth and quit complaining because God provided a way and you rejected it.