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Judging Judgers - J.L. Robb - http://www.omegaletter.com/articles/articles.asp?ArticleID=8026
Are good and evil genetic traits? Is there a red line in the sand that delineates these two worlds that are so vastly different? Parallel and opposite worlds it seems.
When I read articles about the beheadings, shootings, live burials and crucifixions of people who have the unfortunate fate of living in the shadow of Armageddon, I can only wonder: How do they do that to another person? Judgment and punishment.
For the most part “they” are Islamic militants; and no, they did not hijack the religion. They are living the religion, and it is sad that they have never recognized the Savior of the world who came for everyone who believes. Can you imagine a world where all the Jews and Christians suddenly mandated and enforced Old Testament Law and discipline on the population? This is what the Islamists want to do, only they call it Sharia. Murdering people, no matter what they call it, is evil, and there will be no 72 virgins awaiting the murderers or anyone else.
But what about the evil in Chicago, Atlanta, Caracas and London. For the most part, this evil is not Islamic. This evil has no cause, no religion to fight for and has nothing to do with God or any belief system other than general, mean-spirited mayhem. They are living the religion of no God at all, brought to us by our Supreme Court and school systems. Not teaching children about the God of Abraham should be considered child abuse, considering the views of our Founders. Chicago is the murder capital of the United States.
“More people are killed in religious wars than in all others.”
I hear that comment often, but it is far from true. Nonetheless, religious warring has certainly resulted in a huge human, animal and economic toll throughout the years, all in the name of someone’s interpretation of what they believe God really wants from mankind. My way or the highway mentality, and we all probably suffer from this syndrome to some degree. I do not easily change my beliefs.
So what about judging another’s behavior, or condemning someone’s behavior or lifestyle? As Christians, are we supposed to do this?
Actually, we are commanded to judge behavior because we believe in another life after this one and want everyone to make it.
When Christians make judgments about someone’s behavior or lifestyle, they do not have a tendency to behead anyone. They generally do not mete out or suggest punishment like the Old Testament did. They just want to help, most of the time; and helping by sharing with others is what God wants us to do. He said so about 2,600 years ago through his spokesman, Ezekiel.
“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the wicked person to turn from their ways and they do not do so, they will die for their sin, though you yourself will be saved.” ~Ezekiel 33:7-9 NIV
So according to God, if we as believers in God do not speak out in order to help someone who may be on a destructive path, a path that brings eternal death instead of life, we ourselves will have a bad day. We will be held accountable. However, if the good advice is issued and the person does not take heed, there is no bad day except for the person who did not listen.
Judging and punishing, however, are different.
Had the Jewish people in Jesus’ day told the adulteress Mary that her adultery would kill her as far as God was concerned, had warned her of a dismal eternity rather than a wonderful eternity without pain and suffering, they would have done their job. That is what Jesus meant when he told Mary, “Go and sin no more,” a warning.
Instead they passed judgment and wanted to dish out the discipline. Once Jesus pointed out that they should stone Mary right after they stoned themselves to death for all the sins they themselves had committed, they all left.
Pointing out fault when it comes to God’s teachings through His prophets is not judgment as much as it is education. Instead of a degree you get eternal happiness, at least according to the Bible.
When Ezekiel wrote these words to the Jews that were spoken to him directly by God, it was long before God’s Messianic gift arrived, almost 600 years prior. The only way to eternal life at that time was by following all 613 rules spelled out in the Torah. Of course, no one did follow all these rules; and Jesus knew so. When that was pointed out, the Judgers left without meting out God’s discipline. According to Jesus’s teachings, the judgers would also be judged; and their discipline would be as harsh as what they were willing to do to the person they judged.
Are good and evil personalities determined by DNA or the result of really bad programming? What causes one man to be able to behead another, while the thought would never cross the mind of another man?
My guess is that there is an evil gene waiting to be discovered. Possibly we all have it, but it is only activated in certain folk. Some people truly do seem heartless, especially some of the historic rulers of the world.
The Essenes of Jesus’ day wrote of the children of light and children of darkness. The teaching could indicate that it’s all about genetics. There have been numerous studies to determine a genetic link, but I do not think there has been any absolute proof.
So what happened when Eve and Adam ate the fruit adorning the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?
The first two people living in the Garden of Eden did not know what evil was until this event. Whatever they ate, something in their mind or heart changed; and God no longer wanted man in the Paradise He created for us. It’s been rough going ever since.
Judging judgers seems today to be politically correct. There is always a reason for aberrant behavior. His mom neglected him; she came from a dysfunctional household.
I paid attention when I read Leviticus the first time and every time. There are a lot of rules spelled out. Judaism and Christianity pay attention to some of these rules when making judgments about behavior that may be displeasing to God, but they make the judgments and walk away. No beheadings or burning alive. Just a warning, some advice.
Who are you to judge me? Ever hear that? Next time, give them a copy of Ezekiel. We are the watchmen.
In today’s society there is a lot of judging going on, but most seems to be coming from the non-Christian/non-Judaic side.
While liberalism shouts from any rooftop they can find, condemning Christians for not accepting behavior that God condemns, shouting that women have choices that mean old conservatives wish to void, the liberal complaints should go directly to God’s Doorstep because it is His rules.
We are only messengers. But like the ancient Jews of old, during Ezekiel’s and Jonah’s day, they killed the messengers. Didn’t like the message. Kind of like today.
It is our responsibility as watchmen to help by promoting God’s messages and the Good News from Jesus. Watchmen are being slaughtered all over the world, and the left just keeps thinking God has changed His mind. He hasn’t.