It’s a funny world… Liberals, nominal Christians and others who do not regard the Bible as God’s word/relevant/binding often cite the Bible in a veto attempt whenever a Christian points out something that goes against God’s word.
Of course, they don’t really read the Bible except to point out perceived flaws. Most of the time, they simply rehash an argument they read on some other website or blog, or else vaguely recall that the Bible has a passage that sounds like something along those lines.
Not being well versed in the Bible, they are therefore most of the time flat out wrong regarding what the Bible actually says about judgement.
But for self-professed serious Christians, there is no excuse for not knowing your Bible! So here I summarize four of the most used and abused passages used as a convenient (if hypocritical) defense by those not aligned with Christianity.
1) “The Bible says, judge not lest ye be judged!”
The actual passage: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. – Matthew 7:1-2
Suggested response: I am confident that I am living righteously, and therefore am ready to be judged and measured. How about you?
2) “The Bible says, don’t point out the speck in your brother’s eye when you have a plank in your own eye!”
The actual passage: “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, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? – Excerpt of Luke 6:41-42
Look a little farther: You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. – The rest of Luke 6:42
Therefore, suggested response: I don’t have a plank in my eye, unless you care to name one for me. That being the case, can I point out the log cabin in your eye now?
3) “The Bible says, love your neighbor!”
The actual passage: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. – Jesus in Matthew 22:39
Look a little farther: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:39-40
Therefore, suggested response: I am commanded to love my neighbor, but also to love God. And God is hurt by your sinning. To love both God and you, it is my duty to persuade you to stop living in sin.
4) “The Bible says, let he who is without sin cast the first stone!”
The actual passage: The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. – Excerpts of John 8:3-9
Look a little farther: Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?””No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” – The Rest of John 8:10-11
Therefore, suggested response: If we do not cast stones and condemn you, then you ought to ‘Go now and leave your life of sin’.
PS. It is our Christian duty to warn others of the consequences of living in sin.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. – 2nd Timothy 3:16-17
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. – 2nd Timothy 4:1-2
See also Ezekiel 33 where the watchman who sees the coming judgement from the Lord but does not warn others of the impending punishment is held responsible for his failure to sound the alarm.
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