The Scripture in question most accurately reads:
This is the most accurate translation from the Greek out of all the English bibles I've seen. It is the Contemporary English Version (CEV)
This is very important to understand because we all use judgment all the time. When we exercise judgment, we exercise normal human behavior. But we must judge fairly (equally judging others after we first judge ourselves). And we must judge according to God's written word. And we must NOT condemn anyone (That is God's job).
So, it's not that we'll be "judged" because we perhaps judged someone's actions. Otherwise, the words of Jesus would clash with any court system that includes judges. The fact of the matter is, every human being who is born and reaches the age of accountability will be judged by God based on our whole life's actions, our thoughts and even every word. Therefore, the way this scripture is often translated ("Judge not, that ye be not judged."), doesn't really make sense. We will all be judged anyway, regardless if we judged others or didn't judge others. However, if we CONDEMN people while using our own distinct reasoning outside of God's written instructions (like so many do in this world), we are in another additional level of danger on our judgment day. Matter of fact, Jesus is pointing out that could very well end up being the case.
Because Jesus teaches us all to live a life of love, mercy and forgiveness (the opposite of condemnation). And that is God's most important lesson to us and the world. It is the "greatest command" from God which was powerfully reiterated by Jesus and His apostles. And this is how hate should be countered in this world. Love is the answer. And this love is taught to us by God and shown clearly through the life and death of the Christos (anointed) Son of God (Jesus or Joshua). As John clearly stated: Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8
And "love" also includes teaching others what God's written instructions say. Including the things that make God very angry.
Let's look at the rest of the verses surrounding this verse which tell us to "judge (condemn) not", which is also very important (context).
2. God will be as hard on you as you are on others! He will treat you exactly as you treat them.
3. You can see the speck in your friend's eye, but you don't notice the log in your own eye.
4. How can you say, “My friend, let me take the speck out of your eye,” when you don't see the log in your own eye?
5. You're nothing but show-offs (hypocrites)! First, take the log out of your own eye; then you can see how to take the speck out of your friend's eye. ~Matthew 7:1-5
Bible believers are not supposed to condemn anyone (that is solely God's work) or judge with our own opinions, but we judge according to God's word while we are judging ourselves by the very same standard (otherwise we are nothing but hypocrites)!
"Don't condemn others, and God won't condemn you. God will be as hard on you as you are on others! He will treat you exactly as you treat them." Matt 7:1, 2 CEV
The reason why I did this research and wrote this message is because I've seen many professing Christians, unsaved people and even witches quote this Scripture (Matt 7:1) [out of context], trying to close the mouth of a sincere and zealous believer. But they are ignorant to its meaning.
The Bible says that every soul will stand before God in judgment (Heb 9:27; 2 Cor 5:10; Acts 10:42). So whether we judge or not, we will all be judged anyway. So in the context people are trying to quote this Scripture doesn't make sense; “....that you be not judged.” It's not realistic.
The word "judge" there is the English translation of the ancient Greek word κρίνω (G2919) and is the same exact word Jesus uses when He taught us "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment." John 7:24
We will all be judged by God's Word. And God's Word says we must judge ourselves and every voice and every circumstance.
“Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?” 1 Cor 6:3
The Bible-believer must judge himself first, and only then can we call on others to repent.
"Judge not", "that ye be not judged" means that we must not judge with our own judgment or opinions like the people often do who incorrectly quote this scripture in the first place. Jesus said to judge “Righteous judgment.” (John 7:24) In other words we must judge by God's holy Word. The Word (Logos) of God is God and only God the Word is righteous. We must judge ourselves first with God's Word. Then we will have a better chance on judgment day, because we are judging ourselves here and striving to keep God's Word with all our heart, mind, soul and strength!
“For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.” (1
The Word of God will not change even if we didn't judge by it, we will still be judged by the Word of God either now or later.
And I believe my understanding of these verses line up well with Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible entry for "Judging" (see here).
Disciples are to go out and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and His kingdom and share with others what must be done to enter in. But no one can do this unless they have become born again of the Spirit of God, so we can receive power to keep the commandments and enter the kingdom of heaven. (1 Peter 4:11; Colossians 1:11)
then say, “All have sinned so all are sinners.” Well that's true but there's more
to it. All HAVE sinned (past tense) but we who are saved have been forgiven of ALL prior sins
now and any sins we commit now are [supposed to be] sins of ignorance or done through weakness. We don't willfully sin,
“For if we willfully sin after that we have received the knowledge of the truth,
there remains NO MORE sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for
of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” Hebrews
That's what John was saying about sins unto death and sins NOT unto death. 1 John 5:16 Sins unto death are "willful" sins spoken of in Hebrews 10:26. Sins "not unto death" are in reference to sins of ignorance. These types of sins do not include going out and repeatedly intentionally breaking the 10 Commandments. We (believers) know better and have the Word of God which teaches such things will bring upon us curses from God. David was severely punished for his sin of adultery and murder. And it is entered into the Word of God for our admonition "upon whom the ends of the ages have come." (1 Corinthians 10:11)
Read Part II of this message Here:
You can be saved!
God loves the people in the world so much that He came down to die for us. If God is opening your heart to His message and you feel convicted for your sins which have separated you from a holy God and you feel the need to be forgiven, then say this prayer. This is how I was powerfully converted to the Christ in 1997!
Say, "My Lord and my God, have mercy on me, a sinner. I believe Jesus the Christ died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. I believe Jesus raised from the dead and ascended into heaven and is now on the right-hand side of God listening to this prayer. I open up the door of my heart and I invite You in, Lord Jesus. Thank you, God, for saving my soul and I vow to serve you with all my heart which is the first and greatest commandment. Amen."