Bible verses and dating
Without the authority to judge others’ behaviors there is no permissible authority by which we could uphold governing laws, discipline children, select leaders, choose teachers and childcare providers, or discern which Bible teachers are profitable to listen to.Our selections of spouses, friends, and business partners are all based on judgments of character and ethics.Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the log in your own eye?4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a log in your own eye?5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.We see now that Matthew 7:1 is not a warning against the judging of any action or behavior.
16 But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed.
In their fear the Israelites began to cry out to Moses that they would have been better off had they never left Egypt. This verse, while extremely powerful in proper context, is typically grossly distorted from the original intent in the writing of the Apostle Paul.
In the NIV translation, Moses responds by telling them not to fear, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” This version of the verse has been lifted and placed onto a plethora of Christian items…home decor, T-shirts, bookmarks, bumper stickers, etc. At the time of the writing of this letter the Apostle Paul had finally reached his desired destination of Rome, but only after being taken prisoner, shipwrecked, and placed on house arrest chained to a Roman soldier.
Often misstated as “Judge not.” or “Jesus said don’t judge.” The most humorous aspect of the misuse of this verse is that it invariable occurs in such a way that the person misusing the verse, in referencing it, actually declares a judgment on the person they feel is being judgmental. Additionally, If you’re perceptive enough you will notice as well that Jesus Himself is passing judgment here on those who improperly judge.
Clearly this interpretation of this verse doesn’t make sense.