Righteous Judgment

No form of mortal thought, perhaps, is so common as that of unjust judgment. Generally understood, human judgment has come to mean the formation and expression of human opinion regarding the actions or condition of individuals and things. Mortal belief usually begins the day with a thought of judgment. It considers the weather: it is good or it is bad. It takes account of itself and pronounces judgment upon the individual: "I am well" or "I am ill." Mortal belief turns to other individuals and pronounces judgment upon them; and so throughout the day, in contact with persons and things, in every activity, there is human judgment, regardless of the Scriptural injunction found in the second chapter of Romans, where Paul says, in speaking of the evilly minded, "Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things."

Jesus also, instructing his disciples, said: "Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again." Strong words these, and they bring to the earnest student of Christian Science a realization of the necessity for heeding the admonition contained in "A Rule for Motives and Acts," as given in Article VIII, Section I, of the Manual of The Mother Church: "The members of this Church should daily watch and pray to be delivered from all evil, from prophesying, judging, condemning, counseling, influencing or being influenced erroneously."

Fruit of Obedience
September 13, 1919

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