Righteous Judgment

Few tendencies of the so-called mortal mind are more pronounced than the habit of passing judgment upon one's fellows. In utter disregard of the Master's specific admonition, mortals habitually pronounce judgment upon their friends and neighbors, often, it may be said, without sufficient knowledge of the facts to enable them even from a human standpoint to judge righteously. Furthermore such judgments are nearly always based upon a false sense of man, without knowledge of or regard for man's true status. How unfair such judgment must be!

When Jesus admonished his hearers, "Judge not, that ye be not judged," he also stated the inevitable consequence of mistaken judgment; for "with what measure ye mete," he declared, "it shall be measured to you again." Is this not both scientific and just? If we are to judge another from the basis of mortal belief, which holds the illusory sense of man as real, then justice would demand the same basis of judgment for ourselves But are we satisfied to be judged from the basis of our faults: or do we demand merciful judgment, the judgment which would forgive our faults, through seeing their nothingness, and that they have nothing in common with the true man, God's idea?

Paul treated this subject with unerring accuracy. "Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest," he wrote: "for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things." Mortal mind in its selfishness would never subscribe to Paul's words. It would escape the penalty which it would inflict upon another; it would implore mercy for itself while denying grace to one upon whom it would pass judgment. This is the seeming situation with which Christian Scientists deal in their effort to establish justice on earth, the justice based upon divine Principle, which deals with all its ideas with perfect equity, unfailing mercy, and infinite love. Christian Scientists undertake to judge righteous judgment through seeing the perfect man, who never has erred, nor ever can err.

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God's Law
August 20, 1927

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