Are You Judging When You Say, “Jesus Said …?”

Are You Judging When You Say, “Jesus Said …?”

I was talking with a guy. He admitted he didn’t read the Bible like he should but that he was a Christian. He seemed so appreciative for the encouragement shared with him about studying God’s word. The man repeatedly thanked me. The next day he, I, and another guy were talking about God. Me and the other guy started discussing same sex marriage. I said, “Jesus said marriage is between a man and a woman.” (Matthew 19:4-6) The guy who seemed so appreciative the day before and said he was a Christian looked noticably disturbed. He then said, “Man, some of these relationships between a man and a man are real.” I said, “I never said they weren’t real. All I said was JESUS SAID that marriage is between a man and a woman.” He then said, “Jesus also said don’t judge!” I then told him, “If I say that JESUS SAID marriage is between a man and a woman does that mean that I am judging you? Does me simply quoting Jesus mean that I am judging you? I didn’t say, HERE IS MY OPINION, and then started telling you everything I think about the matter. I simply said, “JESUS SAID”–the one we claim to be serving said–that marriage is between a man and a woman.” “Well it sounded like you were judging.” he told me. I then mentioned to the man that if we have a problem with something JESUS SAYS we have a problem with Jesus. He didn’t like that too much either.

Next the man said, “You’re gonna hate me for what I’m about to tell you.” He then said, “The Bible has been changed by man!” Ahh, now the truth is coming out as to why he told me he doesn’t read the Bible much. He doesn’t agree with what it says (like God’s view on sex and marriage). I agreed with him that attempts have been made to destroy God’s word but that God’s truth is still here despite all man’s efforts to change it. How can a mere man thwart the purposes of Almighty God? I tried to reason this with him. But he wasn’t hearing it. I avoided an argument with the guy and pointed out that on judgment day when we all stand before God, the only thing that’s gonna matter is did we do what God wants us to do (John 6:28-29), not others tampering with His words, etcetera. He wasn’t hearing that either, so I encouraged the man to seek God and ended the conversation.

Isn’t it interesting how the truth came out as to why this man doesn’t read the Bible? And where he stands on God’s view of sex and marriage? And the truth regarding His true (or should I say false) belief in Jesus Christ? It was all uncovered. Here’s why:

Hebrews 4:12-13 NIV “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; IT JUDGES THE THOUGHTS AND ATTITUDES OF THE HEART. [13] Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”

That’s what judged the man: God’s word. It does that to all of us. Whenever God’s words are heard emotions will be felt, and reactions will occur, either for or against it. There’s nothing in all creation that does this to human beings like God’s word. The Bible is indeed the word of God! It is the same word that created the heavens and the earth. To say God’s word is powerful is an understatement.

So the next time someone tries to lay a guilt trip on you for simply saying something JESUS SAYS know in your heart that this is rubbish. You are not judging them, but God’s word is. It judges all of us. Some of us though agree with what His words say even when they go against us; our sinful flesh, our evil desires, etcetera. This is why we are not offended at God’s word. But instead we confess and repent when it corrects us.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: [17] That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”

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