Does Justice and Mercy Ignore Proper Discipline?
Depending upon the denomination or the specific congregation of Believers, secondary doctrines can take on differing views. Whether the call is to give money or time, involves proper dress, or deportment, or as well, what can be considered proper food, or political discussions, differences quickly degrade into name calling – couched behind religious language. This one is a legalist and his antagonist is a liberal – she may be called a heretic, and others the apostates.
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The word “judgmental” is not in the Konia Greek – only the words “Judgment,” “Judge “and “Justly” are to be found in the Greek. The world judgmental is of English origin from 1909, and means to make harsh judgments. Unfortunately, when someone uses this word [judgmental], that person is emphasizing an emotive property which is subjective, and not a factually subordinate term, which would be objective. In essence a person who makes the charge that someone is “judgmental,” is telling that someone how they FEEL, yet not defining the cause, or presenting the facts to substantiate the emotion. The same could be said of the terms: argumentative and obstinate.
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All instruction concerning imperative Christian beliefs are inclusive within the concept of proper doctrine. The preaching of Hell is one of those doctrines that are considered a subtopic within the primary doctrine of Eternal Judgment. It is therefore obligatory that the believer gain proper understanding of the topic, and not be seduced by whimsy and rhetoric, into believing heresies and apostasies – doctrines of demons – so commonly prevalent in the past, and as well, today.
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WHAT TO DESIRE FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACTED BADLY
Now, a common occurrence among Christians is to offer well meaning euphemisms to those who have suffered harm from other people. “Forgive them,” and “Wish them well,” are a few examples of the quickly spent diplomacies. After all Jesus gave his sermon on the mount – to be found in Matthew chapters 5-7, and in Luke chapter 6 – the summation of which can be paraphrased as: love your neighbor, even if he is your enemy, do good to them when they do poorly to you, pray for them, if they steal from you don’t require it back, and if they slap your face give them your other cheek. Further, the Apostle Paul rendered his commentary of the Sermon on the Mount in Romans 12 where he taught that we should forgive those that persecute us – bless them, give them to drink, and feed them.
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You have heard it said that Saturday is the day of worship, because it was part of the Decalogue, and nowhere has God said a different day is to be used. But you have also heard it said that Sunday is the day of worship, since the Lord rose from the grave, and that the book of Acts clearly states that the early disciples where found to meet together on the “First Day.”
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A Christian walked by the stream and sat down next to Jesus who was throwing pebbles into the brook.
“Did I act appropriately with that person who chiseled me out of several hundred bucks?” The Christian annoyingly asked the Lord.
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