Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged. For with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2)
Judgment is an evaluation with the intention that harm be dispensed as punishment for some transgression, either real or imagined. Any such emotional intention establishes an attraction for similar harmful energy to be dealt to those who judge. It sets a karmic reaction in motion for getting back the same kind of energy that was given out. That is the meaning of the statement above. Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
Where judgment implies punishment, discernment recognizes differences, such as good vs bad, or acceptable vs not acceptable, without emotional engagement. To discern whether or not a snake is poisonous does not judge the snake. To decide whether a person’s words or actions are abusive is not a judgment of that person. Discernment is using the ability to distinguish between that which may be beneficial as opposed to that which may be harmful.
For judgment is without mercy to him who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 2:13)
Judgment has no mercy. Discernment has no judgment and is not concerned with punishment or retribution because it is not interested in an outcome.
Know the God of your father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind; for God searches all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts. (1 Chronicles 28: 9)
The word “Christ” is most often associated with the name Jesus as though it were a last name. But the word “Christ” comes from the Greek word “Christos” which means anointed. In Hebrew the same word would be “Mashiach,” or Messiah. Since many of the ancient manuscripts were written in Greek, the word Christ became associated with the name of Jesus. Properly used, it should be “Jesus the Christ” as it has been translated in some Biblical versions of Matthew 16: 20.
The Christ, as it is becoming more correctly understood today, is not a person but a consciousness. The Christ Consciousness is the Universal Consciousness of wholeness, unity, and oneness. Since the Source of all creation is Infinite Potential without form or limits, the Christ Consciousness can be imagined as the “mind of God,” the original thought expressed by the Godhead that is most often called the “Father.” The “Son of God” can then be more easily understood as the Christ Consciousness since it is the first and most intimate manifestation of God the “Father.” This was the consciousness within the man called Jesus, enabling him to say, “I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” (John 14: 11)
The Christ Consciousness is a harmonious whole in which everyone and everything is included. As a Consciousness of wholeness and unity, the Christ Consciousness recognizes no separation, conditions, or limitations. There is no “us vs them” or “me vs you” because “me” is the same as “you” and “us” becomes identical to “them.” All is One thing, without separation, as pure unconditional love. The Christ Consciousness has no limitations and, therefore, is not limited to the man called Jesus. It is available to all who are willing to shed ego’s identity with selfishness and separation in order to take on the Christ Consciousness and become like Jesus.
The anti-Christ is most often thought of as a particular individual who is the personification of evil. However, this consciousness can take root within groups as well, particularly when it is aroused through a common belief. This can be recognized easily when people of the same mind act as a group to express their feelings of self-righteousness, fear and hate. The consciousness of the anti-Christ is the product of ego living in a world of duality, a world that is seen as a threat to its own existence. It separates that which it considers to be good from that which it considers to be evil. That which is thought to be good will provide solely for its own benefit and beliefs, while that which deters it from accomplishing its selfish desires, or that disagrees with its beliefs, will be considered evil. As the opposition to the Christ, it is a consciousness of separation from the Whole. It is disharmony and disruption, that which cannot accept the Consciousness of the Christ.