In popular culture, when someone says, “don’t judge” or “who are you to judge,” what they mean is, “how dare you criticize me?” This common adulteration undermines the commandment’s original purpose, namely, to invalidate and supplant human opinion (whether critical or complimentary) with a written text:
“But to me,” St. Paul writes, “it is a very small thing that I may be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself. For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 4:3-4)
In 1 Corinthians, Paul warns againt passing judgment on anyone–even oneself–in order to emphazise the primacy of the written gospel:
“So that in us,” Paul continues, “you may learn not to exceed what is written, so that no one of you will become arrogant in behalf of one against the other.” (1 Corinthians 4:6)
If not even Paul will judge himself before the time, how dare any man give his opinion of Jesus Christ? Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Mark 10:17-22.
Episode 179 Mark 10:17-22; Subscribe: http://feedpress.me/the-bible-as-literature; “Basic Implosion” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com (http://incompetech.com/)) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http:// creativecommons .org/ licenses /by/3.0/