Post details: JUDGMENTALISM 101


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by Trent - from June 2006

Judgments always backfire.

The person that judges only reveals themselves, rather then the person they are trying to expose. That attempt at exposure is not always derogatory. However, judgmentalism is always a violation of decency.

A judgment is simply a stated determination (whether good or bad) of an other person's hidden intentions or perceived purpose/attitude. I make a judgment when I say, "They didn't mean any harm." I don't KNOW whether they meant any harm or not, but I assert my determination as fact. What does that really reveal? Such an assertion reveals only MY heart. What I am really saying is "I wouldn't have meant any harm in that circumstance." ... because I can only really know my heart, even though they may have really meant harm. The same is true if I say "When he looks at her that way, then he wants sex." I am really revealing my desires when I look at someone in the same way. Meanwhile, the reality of that other person's heart remains a mystery. How many other reasons could there be for their actions? Yet, I have only projected MY reason to that other person's actions.

When someone's judgments are always trusting, who should you trust? When someone's judgments are always hopeful, where can you go to find hope? But all too often, those that are judgmental are extremely critical. They project and presume the derogatory things behind your action what they are blinded from seeing about themselves. They do not even know what their judgments are really revealing.

"Do not judge, or you too will be judged." [Matthew 7:1]

Recently, a person judged me by saying that when I say, "Of course!" that I am actually lying and trying to deceive. So, how honest do you think that person is when they say, "Of course!"? Did his remarks reveal me, or him?

The same person made many judgments: "you intentionally deceive," he said, "you are purposefully trying to cause discord," "your intention is to divide, period!" Probably, the best example came when someone in the same thread told me that I avoid answering questions. I asked them to show me a single question unanswered, and at the same time found 12 blatant examples of HIS avoiding MY questions ... some of them clearly marked as "(non-rhetorical)!" Do you think that they were able to find an example where I did what they were accusing me? Doesn't judgmentalism always backfire?

If I acted as those examples describe then I would be trying to overwhelm and put someone on the defensive. (notice that this one sentence is of me judging me, not me judging them.)

Romans 2
1You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

I can hardly remember a time that I chose not to assume and regretted it later.

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Comment from: Sumner Koch [Visitor]
What really does Judgment mean? It does not mean condemnation all it means is setting things right or doing what is proper just as a Judge does in a court of law He makes a decision, and thats all making a judgment is (A decision) right or wrong.... God is going to judge the widow and the orphan, make things right for them thats good and proper don't you think?
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Comment from: Trent [Member] ·
Hello, Sumner Koch.
My name is Trent. Pam has told me that she had a new friend, but I did not know that I would get to meet you so soon.
The pleasure is all mine.

You are right that judgement does not mean condemnation.

Judgement is exposure of reality. A wise judge makes apparent what is otherwise hidden.

1 Kings 3:23-28

23 The king said, "This one says, 'My son is alive and your son is dead,' while that one says, 'No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.' "

24 Then the king said, "Bring me a sword." So they brought a sword for the king. 25 He then gave an order: "Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other."

26 The woman whose son was alive was filled with compassion for her son and said to the king, "Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don't kill him!"
But the other said, "Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!"

27 Then the king gave his ruling: "Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother."

28 When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.

When it is written that judgement starts with the house of the Lord, that does not mean that condemnation comes to them. Rather through revelation, they have an inside track on what is authentically true ... what is hidden and needs to be exposed in the light. That judgment equips them with Truth in the celebration of light.

It is also written that the Word of God judges thoughts and can separate bone from marrow ... The Word exposes what is true and hidden.

The final "judgement" will be a revelation for all of us ... to see things as God ALREADY sees them. To some it will be more of a disillusionment then for others, because some have been blessed to have judgement start with them, well before the last day.

Those that walk in the light, fear no judgement ... instead we say "come quickly, Lord." Let your judgement expose what is authentically true! True from even the way that the Lord sees it!

Ripening for the harvest,
Permalink 06/12/06 @ 22:24

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