On Judging Others: Is There a Right Way?

by: J.P. Moreland

Not long ago I heard a sermon to the effect that we are not to judge others and try to tell them how to live.  In a similar vein, yesterday's 

Orange County Register

 featured a study of younger churchgoers according to which they want their churches to be less judgmental and more caring.  Now there is something right about this, because in a sense to be clarified shortly, we are, indeed, not to judge others.  But, given the current therapeutic culture in which we live and move and have our being, there is something seriously wrong with this perspective.  Let me explain.

In Matthew 7:1-5 we find the classic New Testament text about judging others.  Before we look at it, we need to distinguish two senses of judging:  condemning and evaluating.  The former is wrong and is in view in Matthew 7.  When Jesus says not to judge, he means it in the sense that the Pharisees judged others:  their purpose was to condemn the person judged and to elevate themselves above that person.  Now this is a form of self-righteous blindness that vv. 2-4 explicitly forbid.  Such judgment is an expression of a habitual approach to life of avoiding self-examination and repentance and, instead, propping oneself up by putting others down.

But there is another sense of judging that is central both to moral purity/holiness and to showing tough love to another: evaluating another’s behavior as wrong, pointing that out to the person with a view to their repentance, restoration and flourishing.  This form of judging another may bring short-term pain in the form of guilt, embarrassment and a experience of the need to change, but its long-term effect is (or is supposed to be) the flourishing and uplifting of the other.

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"Has Science Made Belief in God Obsolete?" - Dr. JP Moreland

How does the Christian Worldview intersect 

with modern scientific research?

In this lecture, Dr. JP Moreland, a widely recognized Christian philosopher at Biola University, addresses and tackles this interesting and vital question.

As you listen to "Has Science Made Belief in God Obsolete?" you will hear 5 clear reasons why this is not the case, and how you can better answer those people who pose the same question to you.

I also encourage you to go to our"Reason To Believe" podcast on Itunes and download the teaching and PDF notes that I gave on the same topic -

Episode #19 "Has Science Eliminated The Need For God?"

Click HERE to go the the RTB podcast. 

In this modern day culture of "Scientism" which often exalts science as the only reliable way to discover truth about reality, it is vital for Christians to be able to give intelligent and reasonable answers when confronted with this challenge.

Have an Intelligent Faith!

- Pastor J. 

How do You Choose a Religion?

By J.P. Moreland

Hey, I gotta question!" yelled a student from the back of the room. I was sharing the claims of Christ at a University of Massachusetts fraternity house when he interrupted me. "Yes, what is it?" I queried. "I think Jesus is great for you, but I know Buddhists and Muslims, and they're just as sincere as you are. And they think their views are true just like you do. There's no way a person can know his religion is the 'right' one, so the best thing to do is to just believe everyone's religion is true for them and not judge anyone."
Ever heard something like this? It's hard to believe you haven't. What should we make of these ideas? How should we respond? I think there is a good response to this viewpoint and I hope to provide it in what follows. But before I do, we should carefully note what seems to underlie such a claim. The student was assuming that there are no objective principles that, if applied to one's religious quest, would help one make the best, most rational choice of religious options. In the absence of such principles, any choice is either purely arbitrary or totally based on emotion or upbringing. In either case, such a choice would in no way put a person in a position to judge someone else's choice as being wrong.
Are there objective principles to guide one in choosing a religion? Indeed there are. I believe the following four principles should be used to guide one in choosing which religion he or she will follow and, if properly applied, I believe they will point to Christianity as the most rational choice.

Facts About Creation

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