Warning: This post may offend some readers. If you think it might offend you, then you’re probably right.
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 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? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
I think it’s time for a little controversy.
I’ll start by translating the above into words that a modern audience of IQ challenged nitwits who spend their evenings watching “The Bachelor” and other such mind expanding bullshit can understand (and I mean in no way to imply that my readers fit this description, I mean only to ensure that the lowest common denominator is considered). Basically what it says is:
Until you’re perfect, keep your mouth shut.
I bring this up because in my experience Christians are just about the most judgemental people on the face of the earth, despite the fact that the Bible clearly instructs them not to be.
Some misguided Christians who are addicted to their own judgemental ways manage to twist those verses around and interpret them as being permission to judge others, so long as they judge them through the eyes of God. But this misses one very important fact: No one except the entity called God is able to see through the eyes of God, as only God/Jesus is without sin.
No one, except for God, is without sin, and therefore no one, except for God is qualified to judge others, or else they are a true hypocrite.
Of course like most of the rules in the Bible, this one is impossible to live up to. We’re human beings, and we are naturally judgemental bastards. Maybe if Eve had left that friggin’ apple alone we’d all be lovey-dovey and wonderful to each other all the time, living in joy and bliss, but we aren’t.
Now personally I could care less what a book written by a bunch of crazy, control freak middle eastern guys says about anything (that’s something Christianity and Islam have in common), but I figure if I am going to judge the judgements of Christians, I might as well try and speak their language.
The genesis of this article came after someone very close to me found themselves under attack by a group of people who decided that it was their right to use the internet in an attempt to cause damage to this person’s life their relationship with their friends and family. It was an act of pure cruelty brought on by hatred, and nothing more. The actions that were taken by these people should be illegal, but sadly are not because our laws have not yet caught up to the realities of cyber crime/harassment. What was particularly disturbing was how many of these people revealed themselves to be representatives of Christianity through copious mentions of God and morality while at the same time displaying a flagrant disregard for both.
So what’s the point? Well, let’s review: The Bible does not say that you can’t judge people for their imperfections, only that you are a hypocrite if you do. This applies to everyone, because everyone, according to the Bible, is imperfect, therefore any judgements made by humans are hypocritical. As far as I know, the Bible does not specifically prohibit being a hypocrite (thank God for that because if you thought that rule about masturbating was hard to follow…), therefore we can conclude that being a judgemental prick is okay with God so long so long as you are comfortable also being a hypocrite.
So, where does the problem come in? If being judgemental is okay with God, and being a hypocrite is okay with God, then passing judgement on people is perfectly okay.
Yep. What’s not okay is using those judgements as an excuse to be cruel and wicked to someone, ANYONE. I’m pretty sure the Bible does have some rules about being unkind and acting in an evil way.
Thus I find myself rather sickened by Christians behaving in a reprehensible and cruel way, and then having the nerve to use the Bible and their disturbingly poor grasp of what it actually says to justify their behaviour.
It is the exact same reason that some Muslims bomb buildings.
Everyone should read this book: God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
While you’re at it, you might try some of these. I haven’t read all of them myself, but they caught my attention:
Finally check out this essay by Ricky Gervais.