Even God Judged… but on the last day!
There seems to be a lot of judgment going on in the world about who is right and who is wrong, and how people should live their lives and how they should not.
Does judgement of any kind bring us closer to each other, or pull us apart? Maybe this is a judgement also on my part! 🙂 Yet would we not fare better if we remembered, that yes, even God judged, but He waited until the last day before determining to send us to heaven or hell! Let’s therefore give each one a chance to process their life and to learn their lessons, before we damn them halfway as imperfect.
In the bible, Matthew 7:2-5 declares, ‘For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.’ Jesus also tells the accusers of a woman said to have committed adultery and who wanted to stone her to death: ‘He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone’. And here lies the truth. Not that I am a Christian, but the thought appeals to me! Let he who has not sinned, be the first to judge, or in other words, let he who is perfect be the first to judge. Is there any one?
When we judge another, we are being arrogant, narrow minded and closed to any new form of learning experience. What we are saying in unspoken language is ‘I reject you’ or that ‘you are not deserving of my love or respect’. We believe we are the only ones who are right, and therefore everyone else has to be wrong. We forget in the moment that we only see from our one perspective. And in fact, there are many possible points of view.
Here is a story to demonstrate that. A father decided that he wanted to teach his four sons a lesson. So he sent each one off to see a pear tree. He sent one in the summer, the other in autumn, one in winter and one in spring. Each came back with a different perspective of the tree. First one said he saw it with lots of fruits, the other denied there being any fruits and said it was full of yellow leaves, the third number exclaimed there were no fruits or leaves it was very dry and barren, and the last argued, that he saw it with beautiful blossoms and a fragrance. Each exclaimed that what they saw was correct and the other was wrong. The father then had to explain that each one was right, but that they had all seen it during a different season. So too we need not judge by seeing just the one ‘season’ but by seeing the full ‘year’, so to speak.
Yet our arrogance makes us forget that everyone has a right to their own opinion. Can we honestly believe that all the 7 billion people in the world will align their thinking to make it one? If we do, then something is wrong with our own thinking. Each person, even within one big family, has their own way of eating, speaking or walking. So if we think we can change someone by judging them, then we are walking toward a dead end.
Judgement is a tricky subject. We need enough discernment to know the difference between the angel and the devil, and yet not too much that we conjure up conspiracies about people or trust everyone blindly. If used correctly, our power of judgement can actually be a good guide for us.
But for this, our intellect, the measuring tool, has to be filled with divinity and wisdom, love and compassion. We need to be well-wishers for all. We need to exercise understanding and a willingness to be curious and accepting of other points of view. For only then will we be able to enjoy the beauty of the variety of ‘colours’ in the world.
It’s time… to give others a chance. Let me try to understand before wanting to be understood. To accept that everyone has a right to their own opinions. Let us restrain ourselves from judging others and judge ourselves first. ‘Let he that is without sin cast the first stone’.
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