Christians Are Allowed to Judge: Four Bible Passages Often Cited to Deflect Judgement, and How to Respond


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.

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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’.

Also:

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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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  2. Birdzilla Says:

    Providing that NEWSREEK claims homosexuialty is approved in the bible and comming from a left-wing liberal rag

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  4. cerberus Says:

    “Anyone (like Barack Obama) entertaining ideas of western democracies establishing friendly relations with the radicals of the Islamic world should watch this video.While watching the inflammatory rhetoric of the speaker, remember that this is not a Jihadists from Iran but a professor from Kuwait – a country with every reason to be grateful to the USA for liberating it from the tyranny of Saddam Husseins invasion.”
    http://theneinblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/islam-makes-liar-of-barack-obama.html

  5. Nasaei Ahmad Says:

    Kuwait’s grateful = USA “oily”..? or oilly, petrolly..

  6. shameless Says:

    No fears, when there is no demand for oil, or very reduced demand then we will see. World will have no more interest in them….let them eat and drink their own oil.

  7. shameless Says:

    IF US is not destroyed, or major terror attacks do not take place soon, they will never wake up……..but there is hope something will happen soon on a grander scale than Twin Towers. That will learn them.

    “But, wait, a final thought: not since 9/11 have so many terrorist plots been uncovered in a single year. (In fact, over one-third of all the efforts to repeat 9/11 have occurred in 2009 — just as the United States has made unprecedented efforts to renounce the prior war on terror, to demonize a prior President, to use euphemism, to bow and apologize abroad, to turn war into jurisprudence, and to reach out to the Muslim world. Perhaps our Oedipus can determine whether there is a connection?)”
    http://victorhanson.com/articles/hanson010510.html

  8. hawala Says:

    My winter vacation
    http://sigmundcarlandalfred.wordpress.com/2010/01/06/my-winter-vacation/

  9. hutchrun Says:

    This may be the first thing that the US Department of Homeland Security has done right: They’ve asked Israel for help.
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/178034

  10. hutchrun Says:

    However, Israel’s security system could not work in the US.:

    “1. Scale

    Scale is an issue, but nobody in the thread has touched on why. The Israeli security model is (as noted in the article) more about the passenger than their baggage. This approach is both effective, time-consuming, and “racist”: the profilers have a conversation with each passenger; as I’m an Israeli Jew, I always get the abbreviated treatment — focusing more on where my bags have been since I’ve packed them. As a foreigner, you get a much more in-depth grilling. As a Muslim? They want to know your shoe size, and then a whole ‘nother screener comes over and asks you everything all over again, just to see that you keep your story straight. Like they say in the article, the conversations they have are not so much about what you say as how you say it. The screeners are taught to iterate a few levels deep into your story and see that it doesn’t break down under scrutiny.

    Naturally, this process supposes that A) the threat is foreign and mostly limited to one ethnic/religious group, and B) screeners have this sort of time.

    In the US, racial profiling is… unpalatable, ……
    http://meganmcardle.theatlantic.com/archives/2010/01/the_israeli_airport_model.php

  11. hutchrun Says:

    President Obama was right to change his policy and decide to send no more detainees to Yemen where they can be free to rejoin their war on America. Now he must back off his reckless plan to close Guantanamo, begin treating terrorists as wartime enemies not suspects alleged to have committed crimes, and recognize that the real nature of the terrorist threat requires a commander-in-chief, not a constitutional law professor.

    – Sarah Palin
    http://www.facebook.com/notes/sarah-palin/its-war-not-a-crime-spree/233443603434

  12. 1More Says:

    Arab pulled off Detroit bound flight after threatening to kill Jews
    http://shekel.blogspot.com/2010/01/arab-pulled-off-detroit-bound-flight.html

  13. Can_u_believe_him? Says:

    Dumbass of the Day
    http://www.israellycool.com/2010/01/07/dumbass-of-the-day-2/

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