a reply to: DISRAELI
Hello there, OP.
The way I interpret what Jesus was warning us of about judgement acting in a karmic way, rebounding on the one who judges, is very much relative to
Law (particularly the Law of the OT).
The Gospels inform us of the incident involving the woman who was about to be stoned for adultery (judgement as in punishment for breaking the Law).
Jesus rebuked the would be executioners with this retort;
"Let you who is without sin cast the first stone."
He is informing us that in God's perception we all can be found wanting in righteousness, we are all sinful to one degree or another. As we know Jesus
simply let the woman go and told her not to do it again and that her sins were forgiven. He was revealing to us that God is merciful and forgiving and
that we should be, too.
Another of His Teachings was;
"How can you see to remove a splinter from your brother's eye if you have a plank in your own? First remove the plank from your own eye then you will
see more clearly to remove the splinter from your brother's."
He reveals here that we are not qualified to put others right, prescribing penance or punishment, when we, too, are also guilty. This demonstrates
that only God is truly qualified to judge and to prescribe the correct punishment or penance.
I have thought often about the judging nature of us humans. As we know people are very quick to make judgements. The knee jerk reaction is actually
most dangerous because it is an act blinded by ignorance in the form of vengeance and heat of the moment anger; such actions lower us to depths of
depravity and barbarism.
There are modern examples. Consider the way some extremists will prescribe punishment; beheadings, limbs hacked off, dragged through the town by
motorcycles, etc. Then it becomes clear that what Jesus is teaching is an influence of civility.
As we know Jesus lived up to every syllable of what He taught. Even when they crucified Him He had words of love asking God to,
Forgive them, for they know not what they do".
The judges had crucified a man who had no sin or guilt as a criminal in their blindness.
Also, I have wondered about modern Law. For example, if someone was to murder me how can I or my family be somehow magically consoled by the fact they
go to prison for a very long time or are even executed (as some U.S states still practise)? It is a punishment, but it is not true justice. It can be
no more than a deterrent or destruction of the criminal so that the crime is not repeated. In such a circumstance what would Jesus tell me to do? He
would say, "Forgive them because they do not know what they are doing!". The victim of sin has but one recourse and that is to forgive and let God be
the judge because only He is informed enough and qualified enough to pass correct judgement.
Judgement is an act of Law and an act of decision making. There are different meanings. Jesus is relating it to sin and punishment. He is telling
humanity that we are not qualified to dispense true justice.
I made a decision to avoid revenge, that is an eye for an eye. I made that informed decision because I know how human beings behave, myself included,
and we make some literally blinding mistakes - errors of judgement - like putting innocent people in jail or executing them for crimes they did not
commit and even crucifying innocence because we judge it.
To me it is common sense and that is why I have faith in Jesus as a Teacher of morality, because everything He said speaks common sense and creates
civility; bringing light to the darkness to coin John's beautiful metaphor.
edit on 20-2-2015 by lonesomerimbaud because: punctuation.