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God tells us to not judge lest we be judged. But where do we draw the line between telling the truth and judging others? If someone constantly kept making foolish decisions, is not it only the truth to say he is a foolish person? If someone is a terrorist, is not it fair to call him a terrorist?
I have been struggling with a few questions in my life lately. I have always lived by an absolute moral code and I apply the lessons I've learned from Abouna directly to my life. Physical relationships, drugs, pre-marital sex; all of these things violate my personal ethics and I have never done them. Therefore, I find it hard to trust people who have sinned and are in my eyes morally objectionable. However, the Lord says that people who sinned always have the opportunity to repent and that it is not for me to judge others. Having said that I would like your Grace’s opinion on a number of questions. (1) Is it right to live my life and make decisions based on my black and white moral code?, (2) Is it right for me to want to distance myself from the people who have participate in morally objectionable activities but have repented, or should I struggle to trust them, accept their history, faults, and transgressions? Is there a grey area in morality? I know many people who seem to share the same ideas about right and wrong but are full of hypocrisy and have no integrity.
I love Bible prophecy and I came across a lot of YouTube videos. I sometimes come into debates with atheists and Muslims especially about this. Is it a sin to judge someone according to what the Bible says? For example, saying, "You are going to hell (the Bible says it)—repent. The Lord Jesus Christ is your Savior. You know nothing but death, sorrow, and anguish."
It is hard for me to listen and obey our church youth leader, when he himself doesn’t do the things he orders us to do. I feel a lot of insincerity in him. Could you please give me some spiritual advice regarding that matter?
Romans chapter 14, is about judging. If someone is not fasting during the Holy Days they cannot receive communion. Does or does not this fit in with what St. Paul is teaching? I would appreciate your explanation of verses 13 to 23 in this chapter.
What does Matthew 7:1 "
Do not judge, or you too will be judged
" mean exactly? Does this verse apply to not judging a murder or a child abuser; just because he can repent? Am I not allowed to think/say that people who both believe and do the above are evil unless they repent?
Would I be judging my friends who are dating, if I stop mixing with them? I honestly do not want to harm my spiritual life. What is Your Graces’s opinion in this matter?
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