Photo Credit: The Last Judgment, by Stefan Lochner (circa 1400/1410–1451) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Deacon Frederick Bartels
16 March, 2017
The podcast below explores the gospel passage from Luke 6:36-38, on judging others, specifically v. 37: “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.”
This particular verse is often misunderstood, misquoted and misused to mean that Christ roundly condemns every type of judgment and, as the philosopher Peter Kreeft has noted, is sometimes used in support of contemporary society’s attitude of “judgment against all judgment.” It is also frequently used in support of relativism. Listen to this podcast to learn the bigger picture about what Jesus had to say about judgment, as well as how Scripture in its full context deals with the subject of judgment as moral discernment ordered toward charity and fraternal correction.
Deacon Frederick Bartels is a member of the Catholic clergy who serves the Church in the diocese of Pueblo. He holds an MA in Theology and Educational Ministry and is a Catholic educator, public speaker, and evangelist who strives to infuse culture with the saving principles of the gospel.