Contrary to what the religious system called by men – Christianity – and her more than 41,000 contending denominations teach, this mankind today will not be judged. In fact, no human born since Adam – to include Adam – will be judged. What Jesus taught about judgment has been misunderstood. What Christianity teaches about judgment does not fit with what Jesus taught or the example he set with dealing with persons who sinned. The material that follows, will present support of my argument.
Do We Believe Christ & The Example He Set For Us To Follow?
This is key to understanding what Jesus taught about judgment as opposed to what Christianity teaches. Not only did Jesus teach his chosen Apostles and those who would be his Disciples, he practiced what he taught to show his Disciples the proper manner in which they were to believe and conduct themselves. One simply cannot teach something and make it “doctrine” if Jesus did not teach it. But, that is exactly what Christianity has done: It has misled the world with regards the teaching of judgment. What follows are three powerful examples of where Jesus taught forgiveness and that forgiveness was the order of the day and not judgment.
Before I present those three examples, please permit me to use the following illustration: If a man or a woman commited some bad act or exhibited some manner of bad conduct for not knowing what they were doing, would it be proper to judge them? No! Why is that? Because they would not know what they are doing. Why did God sentence Adam and Eve? Because they both knew God’s commandment not to eat from The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Bad and they chose to disobey that commandment. So they knew what they were doing. If Adam and Eve did not know or was not given a commandment by God, then they would have been innocent and not have sentence pronounced upon them because they did not know.
All of mankind today with its many religions and ideologies are not as Adam and Eve were: We do not know what we are doing. Each think in their own hearts what they are doing is right. One group judges another for not accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior and they threaten and pronounce sentence to an eternity in a fiery hell and they teach that this is what Jesus taught! The very thought of punishing persons for all eternity in a fiery hell is so unlike the Jesus Christ I know. Why would God and His Son take pleasure in knowing that there are persons being tortured and fried in a fiery hell? Torture and pain and the desire to harm people is a human thing, not a godly thing.
The Prophet Jeremiah understood well that the Most High God does not entertain thoughts of burning people in fires. Jeremiah 7:31 says:
They have built the high places of Topheth in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to burn their sons and daughters in the fire—something I did not command, nor did it enter my mind.
The Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar (a human) certainly took pleasure in roasting people in fires. (Read the story of the three Hebrew boys Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego at Daniel Chapter 3)
Christian Missionaries, in their desire to convert the Panare Indian, lied to them and even created a specialize Bible to make them believe that their ancestors were responsible for the death of Jesus. And, if they did not repent and accept Jesus, they will roast in the big fire! This frightened the Panare Indian so much, that they converted and accepted a White blue-eyed Jesus who they never heard of until the Christian Missionaries came to them. The is a most interesting read. Here is the full article: The Case of The Panare Indian
Jesus was asked by the Apostle Peter at Matthew 18:21:
Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?
Jesus’ response to him is given at Matthew 18:22:
Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
What is most interesting to me is what Jesus says next at Matthew 18:23 because it shows that even a King (Jesus himself) will set the example of forgiveness. No King should expect his servants to forgive if he is not willing to. Jesus would forgive his servants when they mistep. In other words, as long as mankind exists (dead or alive) and Jesus is mankinds Head, mankind will be forgiven. Jesus said:
Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
What many fail to see and understand is that The Son of God will not always be our Head, Lord and Mediator. These titles will cease to exist in the future when mankind has been restored to its Creator and we all will be as Adam was. Did Adam have a “Jesus Christ” or “Mediator” between himself and God? No! It was Adam and his Creator.
Revelation 20:7 shows that Christ future 1000 year kingdom will end. Christ will have resurrected all of dead mankind and restored them to its Creator. Thus, one day all of mankind will be as Adam was: One to one with his Creator. There will be no need for a mediator between mankind and God.
That said, when we knowingly disobey God, there will be no Christ to intercede in our behalf. Why? Because we will know what we are doing, just as Adam knew what he was doing when he took some of the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Bad that his wife gave him.
So it is only when mankind is perfect and in a state of knowing, that it can be judged and have sentence pronounced upon it. NO HUMAN is perfect today and KNOWING, thus, mankind cannot be judge in his present state. That is why Jesus himself forgave the sinner and even those who hated and despised him. He also taught his Disciples to have this very same mindset: DO NOT JUDGE OR SENTENCE ANYONE, but to FREELY FORGIVE AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF TIMES. For if one claiming to be his Disciple fails to do this, they cannot expect forgiveness from God. Why would God forgive somone if that one is not willing to forgive others?
On the other side of the coin: Why would any claiming to be a Disciple of Christ place themselves in judgment over others and sentence them to an eternity in a hell fire and think themselves exempt from judgment from God. Jesus said at Matthew 7:1-3:
Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
Yet, Christianity teaches and does the opposite of what Christ taught. (Note: Another word for opposite his Anti. Anti-Christ).
Here are those three examples that show that Jesus forgave and did not condemn or judge anyone.
The Adulterous Woman At John Chapter 8
Here we read of a case where the scribes and Pharisees brings before Jesus up a woman who was caught in the act of adultery. They impress upon Jesus that the Law of Moses states that such a woman should be stoned to death. They wanted to get Jesus’ opinion on the matter. (Jesus knew that they were testing him). Jesus tells all present,
Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.
Jesus dropped a bomb on them! Sadly, the many within Christianity today are so misguided and introverted, that they do not see themselves doing the exact same thing to others that the Scribes and Pharisees attempted to do to this woman! When it is taught that one is going to burn or be tormented in an eternal hellfire or will lose out on life, these are judgments and sentences! The accusers themselves are basically saying that they themselves are sinless and perfect!
Did Jesus judge or condemn that woman? Notice what he says to her at John 8:9-11:
At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.
If Jesus Christ did not condemn, why should any of us condemn anyone? And, please please do not think because you belong to a particular religious organization or accepted Jesus as your “Lord and Savior” makes you somehow immune. Those things have nothing to do with it. Those things are man-made requirements and not from God. We are not to judge or condemn anyone.
Notice that this woman was not a follower of Christ.
The Condemned Man at Luke 23:43
Here we see an example of a man sentenced to die. This man was not a follower of Jesus. Yet, Jesus promised him paradise!
Forgiveness, Not Condemnation For His Accusers, Persecuters and Executioners
At Luke 23:34 we see where Jesus did not condemn his accusers, persecuters and executioners. Rather, he does something quite remarkable and loving: He asks that they be forgiven! Why?
… for they do not know what they are doing.
So, Jesus recognized this condition in mankind: We do not know what we are doing. So, we cannot be judged in this present state. In all three cases I presented, Jesus interceded and acted as mediator between those persons and God. He is still in this role today.
When Will Mankind Be In A State When It Can Be Judged?
Namely, when Christ is no longer mankinds Mediator. That can only happen when mankind is perfect and knows good and bad from God’s perspective. Many forget the main reason why God sent his son into the world of mankind. To plead our sorry cases before God, receive forgiveness so that we are not permanently erased out of existence! This not to say that we will not die. Dying and perishing are two entirely different things. (John 3:16)
If one dies, they can be resurrected because they exist in God’s memory. (Thus, memorial tombs). If one perishes, it is a state of nonexistence. That one is not in God’s memory (Book of Life).
The purpose of Christs future and definite 1000 year kingdom is misunderstood by the majority of the world. A great many have never heard about it. Yet, the purpose of Christs 1000 year kingdom over the earth is to restore all of mankind – all of it – to its Creator! This is each and every person born since Adam, to include Adam!
This would first invlove resurrecting all of mankind from the dead. We are talking about billions of people! Their numbers so great, they cannot be counted. Like the grains of sand on the sea! Jesus promised this at John 5:28-29. The marvelous event Jesus told his Disciples not to be surprised about. He said:
Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.
Note: Do not let that part about persons being resurrected to be condemned stumble you. It is not what you think.
All of dead mankind will stand up alive again (breathing air. hint:meet the Lord in the air) and will be in that 1000 year paradise on earth and will learn good and bad from God’s righteous view. Bythe end of that 1000 years, all of mankind will know good and bad. Christ will no longer be needed. He will have finished his job! That is why we see his kingdom ending at Revelation 20:7.
It is when Christs 1000 year kingdom ends and Satan is released from the Abyss that a whole new chapter opens up for mankind in those distant days! The events of what happens after Christ’s 1000 year kingdom ends is the subject of The Book of Revelation. (The Book of Revelation has nothing to do with our time period today).
Since all of mankind will know good and bad at the end of Christs 1000 year kingdom, it is only then that mankind can be judged. What we do by way of disobedience to God at THAT TIME will be the basis upon which we will be judged as we will be different then. We will know what we are doing. Christ will have taken 1000 years teaching us!
Judged for what?
Either to live forever or not to exist (perishing).
Think: In those future days, we will not have an excuse when we disobey God. We cannot say that we did not know what we were doing. Christ will have been removed before us as our Mediator. There will be no more forgiveness of sins. If one disobeys God in this “knowing state” they commit sin that cannot be forgiven. Their sentence: eraser out of God’s memory. The Book of Revelation calls this state of ceasing to exist The Lake of Fire which is the Second Death.
And death and Hades were hurled into the lake of fire. This means the second death, the lake of fire. Furthermore, whoever was not found written in the book of life was hurled into the lake of fire. (Rev 20:14-15)