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Old 01-28-2007, 06:17 PM   #1
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Sunday Dispatch #315

The sentence "Judge not, that ye be not judged" is usually quoted out of context. Christ did not enjoin us from ever judging.

What he went on to say in the next four verses is that we should judge ourselves before we judge others-not that we should never judge at all.

"Thou hypocrite," he said, "first cast out the beam out of thine own eye, and then thou shall see clearly to cast out the mote in thy brother's eye."

Recognizing the potential for evil in moral judgements, he instructed us not to avoid making them but to purify ourselves before doing so. Which is where the evil fail. It is self-criticism they avoid.

We must always remember the purpose for which we judge. If it is to heal , fine. If it is to enhance our own self-esteem, our pride, then the purpose is wrong.

"There but for the grace of God , go I" is a reflection that should accompany every judgement of another's evil.

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Re: Sd#315

Originally posted by the iron horse
quoted out of context

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