A legend is told of how Moses once heard a shepherd praying, “O God, show me where you are that I may become your servant. I will clean your shoes, and comb your hair, and sew your clothes, and bring you food.” Moses rebuked him with the words: “God is Spirit and needs not such ministrations.” Thereupon the shepherd rent his clothes in dismay and fled to the desert. Then Moses was rebuked by God, saying: “You have driven away my servant … I regard not the words that are spoken but the heart that offers them.” —Eugene A. Hessel
Paul in his letter to the Corinthian church admonished the people not to judge nothing before the appointed time until the Lord will come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts (1 Cor. 4:5).
Why was Jesus recorded telling his disciples not to judge others? Why did the Apostle Paul further admonish the people to refrain from judging things? What’s the Spiritual peril of judging others?
To judge others is to form an opinion about something, and when we create an opinion, we’ve reached a conclusion. It’s okay in religion to form opinions, and sadly, opinions are usually always wrong.
When we form an opinion about anything, what we are implying is that we have reached our conclusion about such a thing based on the evidence or what we’ve heard, or experienced. We leave no room for any other interpretation. We believe that our perspective is the right one. What other folly could we sentence ourselves to than this?
The Spiritual peril of judging others is that we’ve successfully closed ourselves to the truth, and it’s dangerous to live in the folly of our own ignorance.
It doesn’t matter how bad or good a situation might seem, it’s good when we remind ourselves that everything is not always as it seems.
I’ll end with an ancient fable of a man who because of some crime was condemned to see other men only as skeletons, and not in the full beauty of flesh and blood. It was a grisly punishment, one which forever kept him judging other men correctly.