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James, 1-2 Peter, Jude Justice and Judgment

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Justice and Judgment

Judge not, lest ye be judged.

Those aren't just pretty words—according to the Bible, that's advice to live by. People have no business passing judgment on each other. But God? He'll do it all night long. Our epistle authors believe that when the end of the world comes, God will judge all the souls of everyone, everywhere. Now might be a good time to start working on your badness level.

Questions About Justice and Judgment

  1. What's up with all the judgment and wrath stuff? Is God kind of a meanie or is something else going on here?
  2. Does God give out punishments or is he simply passing along what sinners deserve for being so terrible? Is he kind of like your 5th-grade teacher Mrs. Brown who insisted that you got the grades you "earned"?
  3. If people aren't supposed to judge then what about Judge Judy? Are there times when human beings need to make judgments about each other?

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