Being judgmental is also usually associated with being overly critical and negative about people’s conduct. By that definition my parents should be the most judgmental people I know because they were extremely critical of most things I did between the ages of 2 and 18. Haha, just joking mom and dad…
But I have been wondering why the term judgmental is only used when people voice their opinions about what they believe to be morally wrong? To make a moral judgment, one has to decide if a particular action or habitual conduct is good or bad. It doesn’t matter which you choose, you make a judgment either way. If I am in the habit of voicing my approval of behavioural conduct I deem morally good, am I not also being judgmental?
So for example, if I were to say homosexuality is morally wrong, I would be labeled as being judgmental pretty fast, especially by those who disagree with that point of view. Would the same happen if I instead said that heterosexuality is morally right? By saying one thing is right, you are also indirectly saying it’s opposite is wrong.
I often feel like in today’s overly politically correct inclined society, anybody with an opinion is an outcast. “You can have whatever you want, just don’t have an opinion about it.” This is especially true when faced with issues of a moral nature.
Maybe this is why the tree of knowledge includes both the knowledge of good and evil. Knowledge of good and knowledge of evil both root from the same tree of death. But why? Why is the knowledge of good and evil so destructive? Surely knowing what is good, so we can do it, and knowing what is evil, so we can avoid it, can not be all bad?
I think people are the problem, people are the reason things turn belly up when you introduce the knowledge of good and evil. We weren’t designed to function with it, and that is true just by looking at humanity. One person decides what he deems as good and what he deems as bad. The next person decides exactly the opposite, and bam, division, dislike, resentment, hate, war and ultimately death. Cain and Abel come to mind wouldn’t you agree?
Relating to people, and to God, through the judgmental behaviour patterns produced by the knowledge of good and evil leads to death in all forms. Stay away from religion, it has no life in it.
Grace and peace be multiplied to you!