Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged!


The most misquoted verse in the Bible is probably Matthew 7:1, “Judge not that ye be not judged.”Very often we have heard sincere, misinformed Christians and unbelievers alike say, “I don’t want to judge anybody, but…” Ironically, the one who screams “judge not” is often the one passing judgment on you!

Some Bible Verses on Judging

“Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” (Prov 31:9)

“But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.” (1 Cor 2:15)

“Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?” (1 Cor 6:3)

Jesus commended Simon, “Thou hast rightly judged.” (Luke 7:43)

There are many other such verses which deal with judgement.

If there were no judgment…All the prisons would be empty and thieves, serial killers, drug dealers, murderers etc would be loose in your neighborhood. You could not discipline your children and teach them not to steal, lie, do drugs, or give in to peer pressure.You could not judge any false doctrine and would have to allow it to be taught in your Church

Most often, those who tell you “not to judge” them do so because they want to hide some sin or continue practising it.A caring, loving Christian will judge all situations according to the Word of God and call sinners to repentance.The church has become intimidated by the opinions of the world as they scream, “You religious bigots, hatemongers, and intolerant people (which are judgments in themselves), do not judge me!” However, God clearly commands us to judge.

Why would the command to judge be so vehemently attacked in society? Obviously, if the church stops judging and deciding what is right and wrong, we will no longer be able to distinguish good from evil, we will buy into the politically correct idea of moral relativism (what’s good for you may not be good for me).

So how are we to judge?We are to judge righteously(John 7:24) and without hypocrisy.Live what you preach.

Do we receive mansions in heaven?

A bible from 1859.
The night before Jesus was crucified, He told His disciples that He would be leaving them and that they could not go with Him (John 13:33). Peter asked where He was going and why they couldn’t go with Him, and Jesus assured them that they would follow Him eventually (John 13:36-37). Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:2-3).

This saying of Jesus has confused many because of the King James Version’s rendering of the words “house” and “mansions.” The Greek word translated “house” means “an abode,” literally or figuratively, and, by implication, “a family.” The word translated “mansions” or “rooms” means literally “the act of staying or residing.” So, putting the Greek together, Jesus is saying that in God’s home (heaven) there will be many people in the family of God all abiding together. Within God’s heavenly house, Christians will live in the presence of the Lord. This is quite different from the idea of rows of mansions on streets of gold, which is the image many people have of what Jesus was saying.

So in conclusion,Jesus Christ prepares a place in heaven for His own, those who have come to Him in faith, and the Holy Spirit prepares the redeemed on earth for their place in heaven. Revelation 7:9 tells us that there will be a “great multitude in heaven that no one could number” all standing before the throne. Here, again, the imagery is of multitudes together, not living separately in different mansions.

Sources :Extracts from gotquestions.org

What does it mean that Jesus is the Son of David?

English: Icon of Jesus Christ
Seventeen verses in the New Testament describe Jesus as the “son of David.” But the question arises, how could Jesus be the son of David if David lived approximately 1000 years before Jesus? The answer is that Christ (the Messiah) was the fulfillment of the prophecy of the seed of David (2 Samuel 7:14-16). Jesus was the promised Messiah, which meant He was of the seed of David. Matthew 1 gives the genealogical proof that Jesus, in His humanity, was a direct descendant of Abraham and David through Joseph, Jesus’ legal father. The genealogy in Luke chapter 3 gives Jesus’ lineage through His mother, Mary. Jesus is a descendant of David, by adoption through Joseph, and by blood through Mary.

Jesus was addressed as “Lord, thou son of David” several times by people who, by faith, were seeking mercy or healing. The woman whose daughter was being tormented by a demon (Matthew 15:22), the two blind men by the wayside (Matthew 20:30), and blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:47), all cried out to the son of David for help. The titles of honor they gave Him declared their faith in Him. Calling Him Lord expressed their sense of His deity, dominion, and power, and by calling Him “son of David,” they were professing Him to be the Messiah.

The Pharisees, too, understood what was meant when they heard the people calling Jesus “son of David.” But unlike those who cried out in faith, they were so blinded by their own pride and lack of understanding of the Scriptures that they couldn’t see what the blind beggars could see – that here was the Messiah they had supposedly been waiting for all their lives. They hated Jesus because He wouldn’t give them the honor they thought they deserved, so when they heard the people hailing Jesus as the Savior, they became enraged (Matthew 21:15) and plotted to destroy Him (Luke 19:47).

Jesus further confounded the scribes and Pharisees by asking them to explain the meaning of this very title. How could it be that the Messiah is the son of David when David himself refers to Him as “my Lord” (Mark 12:35-37)?.He was neither denying His credentials to be the Messiah nor the fact that the Messiah would be a “Son of David.” On the contrary, Jesus was trying to get His hearers to understand that the Messiah, though David’s Son, is greater than David, for King David called Him “my Lord.” It was self-evident to first-century Jews that the Messiah would be a descendant of David (Psalm 89:3-4; 132:11-12; Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 1:1-16; 12:23; 21:9,15; Luke 3:23-38). Jesus was not denying that fact. Rather, He wanted his hearers to reach the same conclusion that Peter previously reached after Jesus asked a similar question: “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” (Matthew 16:13, NASB). Peter confessed to Jesus: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). How could the Messiah be a descendant of David as well as be the One to whom David 1,000 years earlier called “Lord”? Answer: He was deity Who put on flesh. This is the truth with which Jesus confronted the Pharisees, and “no one was able to answer Him a word” (Matthew 22:46)

Jesus thereby exposed the Jewish spiritual leaders’ ineptitude as teachers and their ignorance of what the Old Testament taught as to the true nature of the Messiah, further alienating them from Him.

So in conclusion,primarily though, when Christ was referred to as the Son of David, it was meant to refer to His Messianic title as the Old Testament prophesied concerning Him.

Sources :Extracts from apologeticspress.org,gotquestions.org

Does the Bible teach that the earth is flat?

A bible from 1859.
Many a skeptic claims that the Bible depicts a flat earth. Scriptural references such as Revelation 7:1 are cited, which speaks of “four angels standing at the four corners of the earth.” However, this passage makes reference to the cardinal directions as seen on a compass – i.e. north, south, east and west. Terminology to a similar effect is used today when we speak of the sun rising and setting each day, even though we know that it is, in fact, the earth which orbits around the sun.

Another passage often referred to is Psalm 75:3, which speaks of God holding the pillars firm. However, the psalms are written in the poetry genre. Rather than referring to literal pillars, this is representative of God’s guaranteeing the earth’s stability. Even when the moral order of the world seems to have crumbled, God will not fully withdraw His sustaining power.

In contrast to the supposed “flat earth” verses, there are numerous Scriptures that seem to indicate a round earth. The earth is described in Job 26:7 as being suspended over empty space, implying a spherical figure. This notion is further entertained in Isaiah 40:21-22, which refers to “the circle of the earth.” This is further supported by Proverbs 8:27 (NKJV), which speaks of God drawing a circle on the face of the deep. From a “bird’s-eye view” of the ocean, the horizon is seen as a circle. Such an observation indicates that where light terminates, darkness begins, describing the reality of day and night on a spherical earth.

The round-earth idea is further supported by Jesus in Luke 17:31,34: “In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back…I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left.” This would seem to indicate the phenomenon of day on one side of the globe while darkness abides on the other.

So in conclusion,there is  little or no basis for the charge that the Bible teaches a flat earth. The Scriptures that seem to present a flat earth can all easily be explained when correctly interpreted and understood.

Sources:Extracts from gotquestions.org

Amazing Bible Facts

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Here are some amazing facts about the Bible

  • The Bible was written by around forty different people from different backgrounds, from kings, prophets, and writers to fishermen, shepherds, and prisoners
  • The Bible was written during a period of 1,600 years. That’s about forty generations
  • The first division into chapters was made in 1238 due to which The Bible contains   1189 chapters consisting of about 31,102 verses.
  • The longest book in the Bible is Psalms and the shortest is 3 John
  • The Bible is the most sold and most translated book in the world  and the most shoplifted.The Bible, or parts of it, is available in 2,508 different languages
  • The shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35 while the longest verse is Esther 8:9
  • The Bible was printed in 1454 A.D. by Johannes Gutenberg (pictured above) who invented the “type  mold” for the printing press. It was the first book ever printed.
  • The entire New Testament as we know it today, was canonized before the year 375 A.D. The Old Testament had previously been canonized long before the advent of Christ.
  • The Bible was written in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine Greek
  • Almost all biblical scholars agree that the New Testament documents were all written before the close of the First Century.  If Jesus was crucified in 30 A.D., then that means that the entire New Testament was completed within 70 years.
  • There are presently 5,686 Greek manuscripts in existence today for the New Testament.If we were to compare the number of New Testament manuscripts to other ancient writings, the next highest is 643 copies of Homer(Iliad)
  • In addition to the Greek copies there are over 19,000 copies in the Syriac, Latin, Coptic, and Aramaic languages.  The total supporting New Testament manuscript base is over 24,000.
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls which were discovered in Qumran contain some of the oldest fragments and manuscripts of the Old Testament and are called the greatest manuscript discovery of modern times
  • The Bible today is the best-selling book ever and 50 bibles are sold every minute.

Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus Part II

Another 100 amazing prophecies fulfilled by Jesus

1. Psa. 68:18 Fulfilled in Eph. 4:7-16 (To give gifts to men)
2. Psa. 68:18 Fulfilled in Luke 24:51 (Ascended into Heaven, see also 2 Kings 2:11)
3. Psa. 69:4 Fulfilled in John 15:25 (Hated without a cause)
4. Psa. 69:8 Fulfilled in Luke 8:20-21 (A stranger to own brethren)
5. Psa. 69:9 Fulfilled in John 2:17 (Zealous for the Lord’s House)
6. Psa. 69:14-20 Fulfilled in Mt. 26:36-45 (Christ’s anguish of soul before the crucifixion)
7. Psa. 69:20 Fulfilled in Mt. 26:38 (“My soul is exceeding sorrowful.”)
8. Psa. 69:21 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:34 (Given vinegar in thirst)
9. Psa. 69:26 Fulfilled in John 17:418:11 (The Savior given and smitten)
10. Psa. 72:10-11 Fulfilled in Mt. 2:1-11 (Great persons were to visit Him)
11. Psa. 72:16 Fulfilled in John 12:24 (The corn of wheat to fall into the ground)
12. Psa. 72:17 Fulfilled in John 1:12-13 (His name will produce offspring, those born of God)
13. Psa. 72:17 Fulfilled in Acts 2:11-1241 (All nations shall be blessed by Him)
14. Psa. 78:1-2 Fulfilled in Mt. 13:34-35 (He would teach in parables)
15. Psa. 78:2 Fulfilled in Mt. 7:29 (To speak the Wisdom of God with authority)
16. Psa. 88:8 Fulfilled in Luke 23:49 (Disciples stood afar off and watched)
17. Psa. 89:27 Fulfilled in Luke 1:32-33 (Emmanuel to be higher than earthly kings)
18. Psa. 89:35-37 Fulfilled in Luke 1:32-33 (David’s Seed, throne, kingdom endure forever)
19. Psa. 89:36-37 Fulfilled in Rev. 1:5 (His character is faithfulness manifest)
20. Psa. 90:2 Fulfilled in John 1:1 (He is from everlasting [Micah 5:2])
21. Psa. 91:11-12 Fulfilled in Luke 4:10-11 (Identified as Messianic; used to tempt Christ)
22. Psa. 97:9 Fulfilled in Acts 1:11Eph. 1:20 (His exaltation predicted)
23. Psa. 100:5 Fulfilled in Mt. 19:16-17 (His character is goodness manifest)
24. Psa. 102:1-11 Fulfilled in John 21:16-30 (The suffering and reproach of Calvary)
25. Psa. 102:25-27 Fulfilled in Heb. 1:10-12 (Messiah is the pre-existent Son)
26. Psa. 109:25 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:39 (Ridiculed)
27. Psa. 110:1 Fulfilled in Mt. 22:43-44 (Son of David)
28. Psa. 110:1 Fulfilled in Mark 16:19 (To ascend to the right-hand of the Father)
29. Psa. 110:1 Fulfilled in Mt. 22:44-45 (David’s son called Lord)
30. Psa. 110:4 Fulfilled in Heb. 6:20 (A priest after Melchizedek’s order)
31. Psa. 112:4 Fulfilled in Mt. 9:36 (His character is compassionate and gracious)
32. Psa. 118:17-18 Fulfilled in Luke 24:5-71 Cor. 15:20 (Messiah’s Resurrection assured)
33. Psa. 118:22-23 Fulfilled in Mt. 21:42-43 (The rejected stone is Head of the corner)
34. Psa. 118:26 Fulfilled in Mt. 21:9 (The Blessed One presented to Israel)
35. Psa. 118:26 Fulfilled in Mt. 21:12-15 (To come a while Temple is standing)
36. Psa. 132:11 Fulfilled in Luke 1:32 (The Seed of David [the fruit of His Body])
37. Psa. 138:1-6 Fulfilled in Mt. 2:2-6 (The supremacy of David’s Seed amazes kings)
38. Psa. 147:3,6 Fulfilled in Luke 4:18 (The earthly ministry of Christ described)
39. Psa. 149:6 Fulfilled in Heb. 4:12 (Word of God sharper than a two edged sword)
40. Song. 5:16 Fulfilled in John 1:17 (The altogether lovely One)
41. Isa. 6:1 Fulfilled in John 12:40-41 (When Isaiah saw His glory)
42. Isa. 6:9-10 Fulfilled in Mt. 13:13-15 (Parables fall on deaf ears)
43. Isa. 6:9-12 Fulfilled in Acts 28:23-29 (Blinded to Christ and deaf to His words)
44. Isa. 7:14 Fulfilled in Luke 1:35 (Christ born of a virgin)
45. Isa. 7:14 Fulfilled in Mt. 1:18-23 (To be Emmanuel-God with us)
46. Isa. 8:8 Fulfilled in Mt. 28:20 (Called Emmanuel)
47. Isa. 8:14 Fulfilled in 1 Pet. 2:8 (A stone of stumbling, a Rock of offense)
48. Isa. 9:1-2 Fulfilled in Mt. 4:12-17 (His ministry to begin in Galilee)
49. Isa. 9:6 Fulfilled in Luke 1:31 (A child born-Humanity)
50. Isa. 9:6 Fulfilled in Luke 1:32John 1:141 Tim. 3:16 (A Son given-Deity)
51. Isa. 9:6 Fulfilled in Rom. 1:3-4 (Declared to be the Son of God with power)
52. Isa. 9:6 Fulfilled in Luke 4:22 (The Wonderful One)
53. Isa. 9:6 Fulfilled in Mt. 13:54 (The Counsellor)
54. Isa. 9:6 Fulfilled in Mt. 11:20 (The Mighty God)
55. Isa. 9:6 Fulfilled in John 8:58 (The Everlasting Father)
56. Isa. 9:6 Fulfilled in John 16:33 (The Prince of Peace, “Salem”)
57. Isa. 9:7 Fulfilled in Luke 1:32-33 (To establish an everlasting kingdom)
58. Isa. 9:7 Fulfilled in John 5:30 (His character is Justice manifested)
59. Isa. 9:7 Fulfilled in Luke 1:32-33 (No end to his Government, Throne, and Peace)
60. Isa. 11:1 Fulfilled in Mt. 2:23 (Called a Nazarene-the “Branch”)
61. Isa. 11:1 Fulfilled in Luke 3:23,32 (A rod out of Jesse-Son of Jesse)
62. Isa. 11:2 Fulfilled in Mt. 3:16-17 (The anointed One by the Spirit)
63. Isa. 11:2 Fulfilled in John 4:4-26 (His character is wisdom and understanding manifest)
64. Isa. 11:4 Fulfilled in John 14:6 (His character is Truth manifest)
65. Isa. 11:10 Fulfilled in John 12:18-21 (The Gentiles seek Him)
66. Isa. 12:2 Fulfilled in Mt. 1:21 (Called Jesus/Yeshua “phonic transference of Jehovah” in Hebrew)
67. Isa. 25:8 Fulfilled in I Cor. 15:54 (The Resurrection predicted)
68. Isa. 26:19 Fulfilled in John 11:43-44 (His power of Resurrection predicted)
69. Isa. 28:16 Fulfilled in Acts 4:11-12 (The Messiah is the precious corner stone)
70. Isa. 29:13 Fulfilled in Mt. 15:7-9 (He indicated hypocritical obedience to His Word)
71. Isa. 29:14 Fulfilled in I Cor. 1:18-31 (The wise are confounded by the Word)
72. Isa. 32:2 Fulfilled in Mt. 23:37 (A Refuge-A man shall be a hiding place)
73. Isa. 35:4 Fulfilled in Mt. 1:21 (He will come and save you)
74. Isa. 35:5 Fulfilled in Mt. 11:4-6 (To have a ministry of miracles)
75. Isa. 40:3-4 Fulfilled in John 1:23 (Preceded by forerunner)
76. Isa. 40:9 Fulfilled in John 1:3619:14 (“Behold your God.”)
77. Isa. 40:11 Fulfilled in John 10:10-18 (A shepherd-compassionate-life-giver)
78. Isa. 42:1-4 Fulfilled in Mt.12:18-21 (The servant-as a faithful, patient redeemer)
79. Isa. 42:2 Fulfilled in Mt. 11:28-30 (Meek and lowly)
80. Isa. 42:3 Fulfilled in John 4 (He brings hope for the hopeless)
81. Isa. 42:4 Fulfilled in John 12:20-26 (The nations shall wait on His teachings)
82. Isa. 42:6 Fulfilled in Luke 2:32 (The Light (salvation) of the Gentiles)
83. Isa. 42:1,6 Fulfilled in Mt. 28:19,20 (His is a Worldwide compassion)
84. Isa. 42:7 Fulfilled in John 9:25-38 (Blind eyes opened)
85. Isa. 43:11 Fulfilled in Acts. 4:12 (He is the only Savior)
86. Isa. 44:3 Fulfilled in John 16:7,13 (He will send the Spirit of God)
87. Isa. 45:23 Fulfilled in John 5:22Rom. 14:11 (He will be the Judge)
88. Isa. 48:12 Fulfilled in John 1:30Rev. 1:8,17 (The First and the Last)
89. Isa. 48:17 Fulfilled in John 3:2 17 (He came as a Teacher)
90. Isa. 49:1 Fulfilled in Mt. 1:18 (Called from the womb-His humanity)
91. Isa. 49:5 Fulfilled in Luke 1:31Phil. 2:7 (A Servant from the womb)
92. Isa. 49:6 Fulfilled in Luke 2:29-32 (He is Salvation for Israel)
93. Isa. 49:6 Fulfilled in Acts 13:47 (He is the Light of the Gentiles)
94. Isa. 49:6 Fulfilled in Acts 15:7-18 (He is Salvation unto the ends of the earth)
95. Isa. 49:7 Fulfilled in John 8:48-49 (He is despised of the Nation of Israel)
96. Isa. 50:3 Fulfilled in Luke 23:44-45 (Heaven is clothed in black at His humiliation)
97. Isa. 50:4 Fulfilled in Mt. 11:28-29 (He is a learned counselor for the weary of heart)
98. Isa. 50:5 Fulfilled in Mt. 26:39 (The Servant bound willingly to obedience)
99. Isa. 50:6 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:26 (“I gave my back to the smiters.”)
100. Isa. 50:6 Fulfilled in Mt. 26:67 (He was smitten on the cheeks)

Does Luke 14:26 teach literal hate?

A bible from 1859.

Luke 14:26:If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

Many Christians are often confused by this verse and wonder how Jesus can say to hate anyone rather than love.The subject here is the word for hate, which is the Greek miseo.One Skeptic is typical of critics when he writes:Most Christians feel obligated to soften the face meaning of the word ‘hate’ to something like ‘love less than me,’ even though the Greek word miseo means ‘hate.In line with this comment, Skeptics will stress the meaning of the word “hate” and insist that the word must be read literally, and that Jesus is truly preaching hate.

But in fact, the “softening” is correct to do — and is perfectly in line with the context of the ancient world, and the Jewish culture in particular.For a background on the use of extreme and hyperbolic language in the Bible, I direct the reader first to my foundational essay on this subject. Abraham Rihbany (The Syrian Christ, 98f) points to the use of “hate” in the Bible as an example of linguistic extreme in an Eastern culture. There is no word, he notes, for “like” in the Arabic tongue. “…[T]o us Orientals the only word which can express any cordial inclination of approval is ‘love’.” The word is used even of casual acquaintances. Extreme language is used to express even moderate relationships.

Luke 14:26 falls into a category of “extreme language,” the language of absoluteness used to express a preference, and may refer to disattachment, indifference, or nonattachment without any feelings of revulsion involved. To seal this matter completely, let’s look at some parallel materials which prove our point. The closest example comes from

Genesis 29:30-1:And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years. And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.

Here, “hated” is clearly used synonymously with one who is loved less. Let it be added that if Jacob hated Leah in a literal way, it is hardly believable that he would consent to take her as his wife at all. (See also Judges 14:16 and Deut. 21:15-17.)

Now here is another example from Jesus,

Luke 16:13:No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.

Such extremes of feeling would be atypical, but the extremes are not meant to be taken literally; the point is that one master will get more dedicated labor than the other.Now let’s move into some secular works with the same sort of hyperbolic language. Fitzmeyer’s Lukan commentary offers this example from

Poimandes 4:6:If you do not hate your body first, O child, you will not be able to love yourself.

Would critics suppose that this teaches literal hatred of the physical body? It does not — it emphasizes the need to give preference to the whole self before the body alone. Literal hate of the body would have us cutting it with razors or hitting it with blunt objects — an extreme practiced in some Eastern faiths, but not among the Greeks.

So in conclusion Luke 14:26 is in no way is teaching literal hate but means that we cannot be Jesus’s disciple unless we love Him more than anyone else.

Sources:Extracts from tektonics.org