Luke 6:37 – “Judge not, and you will not be judged.” (alternatively Matthew 7:1-2)
I heard an argument recently about this verse from the Christian Bible. The argument stemmed from the definition of the word “judge”. Saying something to the effect that the word means “to discriminate” or “to make a difference”. This is a very English understanding of the word. A current understanding at that. One that was being used to make it seem that hating thing sin, was not in fact Judging the way Jesus meant it. That the Church wasn’t wrong for being Bigoted and Hateful.
The original Greek word in both cases is “Krino” and in this part means “to pronounce judgment; to subject to censure; of those who act the part of judges or arbiters in the matters of common life, or pass judgment on the deeds and words of others: universally, and without case”. Strong’s concordance goes on to say that “Properly, to distinguish, i.e. Decide (mentally or judicially); by implication, to try, condemn, punish — avenge, conclude, condemn, damn, decree, determine, esteem, judge, go to (sue at the) law, ordain, call in question, sentence to, think.”1
I do not like when Christians cherry pick their verses from the bible. I will abide by Christian cherry picking definitions of words used in translations even less so. If you feel like you have to contextualize a word in a verse to make it fit your argument, then you should understand that what you are doing is wrong.
In English and Greek this verse is clear. There is no “Hate the sin, not the sinner”. To Judge, means very clearly that you are condemning, damning, and decreeing that a person is doing wrong. Point blank, period. That is not your role.
No matter your belief, Jesus was a great teacher, and his second greatest commandment was to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you are looking for justifications for your own or “the Church’s” hatred then you are doing it all wrong.