Brother Ron Barnes
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Judging the Judgmental
Dear Brother Ron
What will the humiliation be like for the
judgmental Christian when God judges the world? Someday, we
all will meet our Maker. Facing God with such finality of the His judgment
that follows this life... as it is appointed unto man once to die, and after
that to be judged. Have you ever been so humiliated that you can't even
speak? If you haven't, just know that the situation exists. David tells us
that the wicked won't even be allowed to stand in the judgment.
Anyways, what do you think? How humiliating would that be?
I think God, with His infinitely wise judgment, would send that soul back to live as one of the oppressed. A few lifetimes as a drunk, a homosexual or member of other oppressed groups ought to teach them some humility.
One of the biggest fallacies of conventional religious teaching is that God is a strict teacher who grades on a pass-fail basis. You either pass the test and move on to the next level of existence or fail and are consigned to everlasting torment for not doing your homework. I taught a JTPA program for five years for disadvantaged students. We evaluated their achievement using two grades: “Ready” and “Not Ready Yet”. The operative word here is “Yet”. The assumption is once the student receives additional training, they will be able to meet the standard and advance.
I think God uses the same standard. This life is training for the next one. Some of us learn the lessons and are ready to move to the next level. Others need to repeat a grade. But we are all students. Yes, we can tutor others and help them learn the lessons. But none of us are smart enough to grade the final exam.