the denying of the knowledge that evil/sin dwells with
them..and the delusion of self-righteousness from eating
from the tree of knowledge of good and eviland their judging of
others as condemned..and not themselve,also..is what makes
them blind guides.
I'd like to talk a little more about this. The law gives us the negative--thou shalt not--and a list of things not to do. It also gives us the positive--love God, honor father and mother, keep the sabbath--a list of things to do.
Is that the good and evil? So we think if we don't do one and do the other we are good?
Certainly this has a lot of advantages from the point of view of a stable and safe society.
Under what circumstances am I not to judge murder as evil? Or a murderer as evil?
Jesus ups the ante by saying that even hating is murder. So by raising the standard we are all pulled under it.
Even so, how am I to treat a murderer as a member of society? Because we have to live in this world.
What I'm asking is for a practical application.
Molly what I am going to write is not trying to slight you, so bear with me. When someone tries to work around the scripture implication that we really should be judging ourselves only they seem to have to pull out the big obvious things in order to make a point.
When it comes to murder, is murder as simple as someone killing another? Does that mean based on that you can decide that persons standing with God? No... You want to think you have that right, but you do not.
What about the killer in Alabama? Can you say he is not a Christian? No you cannot, because it is not about HIM measuring up to YOU. It is about what God does with peoples hearts no matter what they do. Now, if the killer says, God loves me and wanted me to kill those people, then we have a difference in what we can rightly judge. We can judge the mans words, but we still cannot judge the mans heart and his standing with God.
Many people judged my life Molly in the past, especially so during the time I met my wife, they come to conclusions they did not have the right to come to.
If you had met a long haired drinker that never went to church, never read the bible, didn't want to to talk about religious things but said he loved woman and said he was a Christian. Could you actually judge that I was not? No you can't.
The problem is that we take what someone does out of the context of God working all things.
I do not condone getting drunk, but if you do, I still cannot say what your standing with God is. I was drunk when I met my wife, in all likelyhood if I hadn't been drinking I would of never met her. That will never be a statement saying "Hey go get drink and meet the love of your life"
What it means is that you could not possibly have judged my standing with God based on the state of drunkeness I was in. You also could not have judged that God was not using that to meet my wife and in all reality finding love in such a way that I was FORCED to make a choice between LOVE and ALCOHOL.
The difference is that many people judged that I did not actually love my wife, they judged that I could not have been manifesting fruit in my heart and they did not have the right to do so. None of them knew a hill of beans what they were talking about.