April 23, 2014 @ 11:13 AM

Romans 2: 1-2, Is the judgment of God different than our judging abilities?

Romans 2:1 says that we are inexcusable when we judge another person.  The word used here “another” (heteros), meaning another different than you are accustomed to, or someone different than you [think you are].  It says “wherein thou judgest another”, meaning by the method we use to judge another, by that same judgment method we look at ourselves.  We all are guilty of faults, so when we see and judge others faults by our own judging ways, we also condemn ourselves by that same manner of thinking concerning “faults”. 

Luke 6:37 says “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:……For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”   This is confirming what Romans 2:1 is saying.  When we judge another’s faults, we only get good at seeing the faults so therefore will also condemn ourselves by that same erroneous way of thinking and judging the world.  When we forgive, we ourselves are included in that forgiving [mindset].

Romans 2:2 goes on to say that “But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth…”  The words “we are sure” here is the Greek word eido, meaning to see or perceive with the mind, understand, but to know.  Therefore this sentence being interpreted: but be certain that the result of God is only truth against those that act in such a way. Where judging others would be included in “acting in such a way”.  In other words, the “judgment” of God or discernment of God is pure truth, and is not corrupted by our minds pronounced ability to judge or what our mind thinks judging entails. 

Does this tell us we are here to forgive, and not to judge?  Do we even know what the judgment of God entails, or what it even is? Is God not here to forgive as well?