My childhood religious training heeded the warning: “Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone,” reminding believers that we are not to judge the actions or choices of others. God is the ultimate Judge, according to the Bible. Our society has judges in our judicial system, and we also normalize the concept of judges with television gameshows like America’s Got Talent. But the concept of Divine Judgement has me pondering a few things….
I strongly agree that, while it is natural for a human to reach mental judgements on many people/places/things in the course of a day, it is spiritually damaging to let your judgement (or discernment may be a better word) project outwardly onto a thing such that it is affected by that perceived judgement. Not only can we be a factor that limits another’s opportunities for growth or success if we profess our opinion publicly, we may also limit our own opportunities to start or develop relationships by deciding that someone or some thing is one way, or another, with a condition which carries judgement.
Perhaps the more pertinent point is that our stance from which we pass judgement NEVER contains all of the information necessary to determine the REASON for the action or choice standing to be judged. We can never know what someone’s past experiences are that create the inclination to act a certain way. It is not feasible for us to have all of the information or knowledge that another may have when making decisions. This suggests that we are never the best candidate for judging something relating to another’s internal experiences. They are.
WE ARE OUR OWN WORST CRITICS?
Yes, we do perceive our faults to be more obvious than others. We do hold ourselves to standards that we would not consider applicable for others. And we are more aware of our own imperfections than we note when we look at others. While these criticisms deal with subjective qualities, we have rules, regulations, and laws by which to measure our status in other areas of life. Aside from the random parking ticket or civil offense which can render a negative judgement based on “the books,” ultimately WE OURSELVES are the ultimate overseers of our righteousness as we inhabit the earthly plane.
Some may argue that Judgement Day is the Come to Jesus Day, and that a meeting with a Divine Source is in order, but from many people who have had near-death experiences, we hear that the Life Review phase of leaving the physical body is the equivalent of what many may call God’s Judgement.
As Divinely connected beings, our own Life Review is governed by higher ideals and universal principles. It is actually our comprehensive assessment of how we as humans held up to the Divine Order of the Cosmos. Even this process seems almost automatic to the part of ourselves which is cerebral and functions via decision-making and evaluation, or judgement.
Overall, the best judge of my character turns out to be me. I have the most finely-attuned set of standards for myself, requiring me to take on zero toxic shame or guilt as I authentically express myself in everyday life. One of my missions in this lifetime is to help others to see where they have taken on guilt or shame from a past judgement that someone else placed on them, and to show them understanding compassion where previously they had none. This frees the soul of undeserved guilty feelings, and reminds us that we can never be the accurate Judge of anyone but ourselves.
— Amanda Moore 2017