Monday, May 4, 2015

Judge not and here's the ultimate reason why ...

 WE should not judge others and here’s the TRUE reason why ….
Matthew 7:1-5 states:
“Judge not, that ye be not judged.
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

(Of course, not judging can be very hard to do ...)
The TRUE reason not to judge is not only do we not know ALL the circumstances and intent of why someone did, or didn’t do something apparently what we may see as wrong or a sin – but ALL of God’s commandments are much less rigid than most believe.
Right and wrong depend on circumstances, usually ones man can't see.
Consider this blockbuster teaching from Joseph Smith: 
 “That which is wrong under one circumstance, may be, and often is, right under another. God said, 'Thou shalt not kill'; at another time He said, 'Thou shalt utterly destroy.' This is the principle on which the government of heaven is conducted—by revelation adapted to the circumstances in which the children of the kingdom are placed. Whatever God requires is right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason thereof till long after the events transpire.” (From “Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, page 256, Deseret Book,  1979.)

                            Statue of Joseph and Emma Smith.

This is clearly one of Joseph Smith’s greatest ever teachings.
I think there is not one single one of the Ten Commandments that doesn’t have EXCEPTIONS to be righteously transgressed, either from events of Saints in the Standards Works, or in LDS Church History.
Of course, the key is having divine revelation to ever break them righteously! Joseph Smith’s teaching are NOT an excuse to break commandments, but clearly outline that we must have revelation if we are to always try and do right.
Right and wrong are not black and white and are more shaded than we imagine. That's the ultimate reason why we should not judge others ....

NOTE: This article and all of the NighUntoKolob blog are NOT an official website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are the author's conclusions and opinions only.