James 4:12 There is only one personality who is the source of direction and can reconcile or reject anyone. Who are you to think that you can correctly judge anyone else?
No Judgement - Matthew 7:1-2 Judge not, so that you will not be judged. For with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
No Condemnation - John 3:17 God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world; but so that the world might be saved through him.
No Stumbling Block - I Corinthians 8:9 Be careful that the beliefs of your faith do not become stumbling blocks to anyone else, in any way.
John 12:47 If anyone hears my words, and does not believe I do not judge them: because I did not come to judge the world, but to reconcile the world to God.
Romans 2:1 If you think you can judge others, you are wrong. When you judge them, you are really judging yourself guilty, because you do the same things they do.
Deceptive, Demeaning, & Derogatory
Deceptive – misleading, deceive: to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid, to lead in a wrong direction or into
a mistaken action or belief often by deliberate deceit, to lead astray
Demeaning - to lower in character, status, or reputation
Disqualify - to deprive of the required qualities, properties, or conditions: make unfit, to deprive of a power, right, or privilege, to make ineligible for a prize or for further competition because of violations of the rules
Derogatory - detracting from the character or standing of something, expressive of a low opinion.
Disparaging – degrading, to lower in rank or reputation, to depreciate by indirect mean, speak slightingly about
The 3 D’s are lethal to most that are the focus of them and those who initiate them. They reduce hearers of their words to ignorance, eliminate hope of ever being good enough, and corrode possibilities of redemption without approaching the core purposes of their deception. These are the three reasons scripture of the Christian Bible tells us not to judge, condemn, or place stumbling blocks.
It’s no wonder that some people will be removed from heaven once they get there; according to Revelation 22:18-19. No one wants the 3 D’s in heaven for eternity. Any of the 3 D’s take away from the Gospel of Jesus Christ which is in the book wherein the prophecy of Revelation is written.
Deception judges people’s inadequacies whereas Jesus gave salvation to eternal life with God to every person as we are. Demeaning anyone condemns them to hopelessness whereas Jesus is the epitome of hope and puts hope into everyone who does not have it. Degrading words continue eating away at hearts and minds long after offenders are gone, creating stumbling blocks to living free as Jesus exemplified, whereas Jesus dealt with issues directly in love and was “never” derogatory toward anyone.
Any time reconciliation to God is presented in conjunction with any requirements for becoming a believer it is theft of God’s perfect gift of salvation. If anyone is worthy then God can not save them. No effort of our own can bring God’s gift to us. Religion is humanities effort to cover our own sin and does not work. Reconciliation to God comes by the choice to believe by faith alone. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God and the Word of God judges those who judge others, condemns those who condemn others, and relinquishes anyone who deters people from searching God more.
And once someone chooses to believe and accept God’s provision of reconciliation to them, keeping them from witnessing and ministering to others for any reason is as stifling to God’s purpose for their life as withholding salvation. This is because; if any believer does not confess Jesus to others then He will not confess them to His Father in Heaven. If anyone thinks of himself as more worthy than another to do the work of God then his work for God is in vain.
So choose to believe by faith alone and, above all, do not stop searching to know God more. Find the place in God where the search is more fulfilling than the answers and your recognition of the extents of God is endless enough to last eternally. Every answer should bring more questions and every pursuit should have endless avenues to know God more. Anyone who idealizes that they understand God above anyone else is fooling themselves for God is much greater than any mortal’s ability to comprehend. Thank God that no matter how much we understand there is enough more to know and search for eternity.
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