You have seen Christian protestors saying cruel things and you’ve thought – “What is all this? Christ taught non-judgement, didn’t he?”
Why are many Christians so comfortable spewing hateful sounding accusations at people? As in, “God hates” followed by: “Gays, drunks, Jews, blasphemers”..or almost anything else.
The problem stems from the demands Jesus makes for obedience and enforcement. He commands his followers to mete out harsh ad hoc punishments.
This is cleverly disguised by a teaching superficially immunizing Christianity from blame:
“Judge not that Ye be not judged” – JESUS (Matthew 7:1)
In other words, don’t judge other people or God will judge you.
Like much of the Bible it is one of countless banal variations of the secular Golden Rule; an ancient moral code which predates Jesus and requires no gods; it says simply, ‘don’t do to others what you don’t want done to you.’
Is this a wise teaching? The golden rule certainly is.
But it doesn’t matter because Jesus does not believe it at all. He repeatedly violates it by directing his followers to conduct merciless, harsh judgement against other people:
“Bring to me those enemies of mine and execute them in front of me.”- JESUS (Luke 19:27) From a parable where Jesus is making a not so very veiled warning to his followers.
“Hate your parents..hate your life..” – JESUS (Luke 14:26)
“Avoid Them” – ROMANS (16:17)
“Do not associate with the GUILTY..” (1 Corinthians 5:11)
“Bad company ruins good morals….” (1 Corinthians 15:33)
“have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.” – (2 Thessalonians 3:14)
“Do not even to eat with such a one.” (1 Corinthians 5:11)
“Do not receive him…or greet him..” (2 John 1:10)
“Go and tell him his fault.” – JESUS (Matthew 18:15)
“Have nothing to do with him!” (Titus 3:9-11)
“LET HIM BE REMOVED” (1 Corinthians 1:13)
“In the name of Lord Jesus Christ…keep away from him!” (2 Thess 3:6)
“Anyone who does not…Let that person be cursed” – (1 Cor. 16:22)
“Deem them unworthy” – JESUS (Matt 10:13)
“Don’t waste….on the people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs!” – JESUS (Matthew 7:6)
“shake the dust off…FOR A TESTIMONY AGAINST THEM.” – JESUS (MARK 6:11)
“Don’t waste….on the people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs!” – Jesus (Matthew 7:6)
Whatever happened to “Judge not”!?
Well, Jesus didn’t mean it.
His many commands (and those of God’s) to judge others harshly far outweigh whatever Jesus was talking about before.
Yet this is exactly what it means to follow Jesus correctly. Unfortunately, many people have not stopped to think about any of this. It helps explain why Christians feel quite comfortable judging others while being convinced it is not them doing the judgement – but God.
Hypocrisy happens not because humans are imperfect – but because Hypocrisy is Jesus’ exact directive: “Judge not AND Judge a LOT”
How could an all-knowing God so badly bungle a message of non-judgement when the message simultaneously demands judging everyone?
And Jesus is worst of all: “be condemned to Hell” – (John 6:53-54 – Mark 16:16).
These commands to judge others are exactly what makes the term “Good Christian” terrifying to people who know the Bible well. If you follow Jesus correctly you are likely to end up with no family, no friends and in jail.
Religion has brought untold misery to countless millions in this way.
And think about it. If God isn’t real, all the misery was for nothing.
You are free to pretend that Jesus is nicer than the Bible says – but such a Jesus lives only in your mind, for your needs. You might as well change his name to yours.
Like all man made theories and philosophies, Christianity is optional.You are entirely free to skip religion if you prefer. You can be the good, caring person you want to be without religion.
And you are much more likely to succeed without Jesus than with him.