Should Christians Judge?Written by David Ben-Ariel
The typical liberal misunderstanding of Christian religion is that Christians shouldn't judge anybody. This misinterpretation comes from a superficial reading of Rabbi Yashua's (Jesus') teaching where He said: "Judge not, that ye be not judged..." (Lk. 7:1-5). But when read IN CONTEXT it's understood that God will hold us to a standard as strict as that which we demand of others.
All judgment must be tempered with mercy. Jesus clearly taught that we can see others imperfections (the "mote" in their eye) and help to remove it ONCE we have first gotten "beam" out of our own eye. The purpose is to help and not hurt: constructive criticism, not self-righteousness or sinister motivations.
There is a great difference between judging an act and condemning a person to Gehenna (Hell) fire. Only God truly knows thoughts and intents, and potential, of any individual. When God delivered to Moses various statutes and laws for nation of Israel, He commanded that they judge and condemn to death some individuals for certain infractions.
When Jesus pardoned woman caught in adultery, He didn't excuse her actions but admonished her to "go and sin no more" (John. 8:11). He acknowledged it was a sin worthy of death, but obviously forgave her for God's greater purpose, discerning a truly repentant attitude.
She didn't argue about what technically constituted sin, lie about it, or threaten to vigorously go after her accusers. Jesus had let their own guilty thoughts shame them into leaving scene and leaving her alone with Savior (where we must all ultimately appear).
The Plain Truth about EasterWritten by David Ben-Ariel
Like dumb sheep to slaughter, most of mankind continues to blindly follow pagan traditions, rather than obey God's clear commands (Mark 7:7). Has it ever occurred to those stuffing their faces with Easter ham that Jesus would puke at thought? Neither Jesus or Peter, James or John ever ate forbidden foods. They wouldn't feel too comfortable at plenty of people's dinner tables.
Even early Gentile converts to Jewish Christianity respected biblical dietary laws (Acts 15:20), understanding that not all foods are sanctioned by Creator in Holy Scriptures (I Tim. 4:5).
When John Baptist recognized Jesus as our Passover sacrifice, he declared: "Behold Lamb of God" (Jn. 1:29). He didn't say, "Here comes Easter Bunny!" Again, like Easter ham, Easter rabbit is also rejected in Bible as an abomination (Lev. 11:6-7).
The very name of Easter exposes itself as a heathen festival, although it's cloaked as "Christian." Easter/Ishtar/Astarte is Babylonian spring goddess our Israelite/Anglo-Saxon forefathers foolishly worshipped. Hence fertility symbols of rabbits and eggs.