Christians & atheist: Do you understand what Matthew 7:1 in the bible means when Jesus said not to judge?

I posted this question quite a few times now and thought it would be worth re posting given how there seems to be continued confusion amongst Christians and non Christians alike on what Jesus meant in the bible in Mathew 7:1 when he stated Judge not, that you be not judged

I’m sure you all have witnessed it on this Q&amp:A forum time and time again, A Christian will seek to confront wrong-doing, or reprove someone, only to be met with, You can’t judge me! or Christians aren’t supposed to judge! What does God’s Word say about judging? When the subject of judging comes up among believers, the first place most Christians and atheist go to is Matthew 7:1.

Matthew 7:1.

Judge not, that you be not judged.

Most people will stop right there, and conclude, Jesus said don’t judge. But we’ve got to read on to see this in context, so that we can determine what he was really saying. Let’s read on.

Matthew 7:2-5 (New King James Version)

2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged: and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’: and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Now it becomes clear. Jesus wasn’t saying, Don’t judge. He was saying, Don’t judge your brother without first judging yourself. His exhortation was to remove the plank or beam from your own eye first, so that you can see clearly to remove the speck of sawdust from your brother’s eye. Part of the problem we have with judging is that when people say judge they usually mean or imply condemn. But judging means much more than that.

To judge means to make a distinction or to separate. You judge every day, in every aspect of life. You had to make a judgment in order to decide what clothes to wear today, or what to eat. You are also responsible for judging between truth and error. Anyways I hope this made it a bit more clearer for some of you. Thanks in advance for your answers. God bless.


Very well put!

You’re darned lucky I’m not a report monkey, Mike. This isn’t a question, it’s a sermon.

So instead of ‘Don’t judge’ they should just shout ‘Hypocrite!’ ?

I couldn’t have said it better myself.
God bless!

yeah but he didn’t say it did he. cos he never even was, was he. I’ll ask Loki.

**** the bible. I’m not going to read that bullshit.

All I can say is… thank-you. A clear headed, reasonable and intelligent answer is rare these days and yours is truly welcome.

I really have no use for your brutal, nasty, misogynistic, chauvinistic, heathen bible.

This place is for questions, not for half-assed didactical rants.

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