Judgment

Judgment is "the formation of an opinion or notion concerning something by exercising the mind upon it; an opinion, estimate, the faculty of judging, the critical faculty, discernment, good or sound judgement, discernment, discretion, wisdom, understanding, good sense."

Judgment may be righteous or unrighteous, according to the amount of self we introduce in the equation. We think of those who judge righteous judgment as being "a good judge of character." We think of those who judge unrighteously as being "judgmental." Judgment (and judging) is an absolute and an abstract principle rooted in Wisdom, a law of being, and a mental faculty.











Edna Lister on Judgment and Judging

Every day is the Judgment Day, and you are your own judge. – Edna Lister, Release the Indwelling Power, January 11, 1933.

You judge yourself by every word you utter, and each word you use "places" you in the scale of evolution. – Edna Lister, Release the Indwelling Power, January 11, 1933.

We are our own judges, and have all outlined the lesson we were to learn in this life. – Edna Lister, The Sermon on the Mount, January 31, 1933.

You place yourself in the cosmic scheme by the way you talk. The thoughts you send out, clothed in words, judge you. – Edna Lister, The Sermon on the Mount, February 1, 1933.

You dare not take time to judge the other fellow, but must lift and not push him down. (Say that he is perfect, whole and complete, standing beside us in glory, freed of limitations.) – Edna Lister, The Sermon on the Mount, February 1, 1933.

When you criticize and judge unrighteously, you condemn yourself. – Edna Lister, The Sermon on the Mount, February 1, 1933.

Your every word judges you. – Edna Lister, The Sermon on the Mount, February 1, 1933.

All thoughts are constructive or destructive, and you must bring them all before the judge of conscience, to be self-reviewed. – Edna Lister, The Dividing Line, May 27, 1934.

Righteous judgment is the finished work of imagination. – Edna Lister, Faith, October 3, 1934.

A wise judge keeps an open mind. – Edna Lister, Judgment, October 24, 1934.

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. – Matthew 7:1-2. The true climber on the Path of Ascension learns to judge not. How would you like to be judged? Based on one visit? One sentence? One opportunity? One moment of weakness? – Edna Lister, The Sunlit Way, January 5, 1935.

You judge yourself, hard or soft, tough or easy, according to your faith. If your judgment is firm, your faith increases. If soft, with excuses, you rarely advance. You must judge yourself rigorously to ascend to the Father direct, into greater glory. – Edna Lister, Eternal Life, April 21, 1935.

Love and hatred prohibit the rendering of true judgments, and because they lessen the most important, so likewise they magnify the most trivial. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 1936.

You must judge yourself daily according to the Master's standards. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 12, 1938.

The Father cares nothing for your judgment upon any of His children, for He alone is Judge, always and in all cases. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 24, 1938.

To judge another unjustly or blindly accuse another in anger, sends a part of your soul on a pilgrimage of darkness, and it may be centuries before you can recall it. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 24, 1938.

Reserve judgment, lest you be in danger of the inner Judgment for judging unrighteously. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 25, 1938.

Reason and judgment must both rule and hold the heart's vain emotions under control until they may be conquered. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 28, 1938.

To be just is the prayer of the Judge. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 7, 1939.

Do not be judgmental: Walk softly before God, and know that His judgment of you will be exactly as harsh as your judgment of others. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 26, 1940.

Councils will adjudge your speaking of harsh words, even in your mind or heart, as contempt of God. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 6, 1940.

Each thought, each word will confront you in heaven, where you must acknowledge them as yours at night, then on earth, to wipe it out after you have made full recompense to law, or after transition. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 6, 1940.

Choice is yours: You are your own judge, your own law, yet God does the only rewarding. Being your own judge means that your deep thoughts and desires behind your words and actions bring their own rewards on the outer, not what you deem as your reward, but only what God judges as reward. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 14, 1940.

You may judge only yourself. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 14, 1940.

You never judge another, knowing that the law takes care of everything. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 13, 1941.

Councils judge everyone according to effort of desire, obedience and surrender. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 3, 1941.

Look around before you condemn or critically judge another; each brings something into the whole. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 14, 1942.

You cannot be hurt or offended unless you are resenting and blaming, which is unrighteously judging another. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 15, 1944.

It is not condemnation to judge the self, but justice. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 10, 1945.

Judge not unrighteously, lest you be judged: You may not "sit in judgment" upon anyone of earth. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 19, 1945.

Your attitude after brings judgment upon your sponsor also. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 19, 1945.

This is your day of judgment; each must give an accounting in the day of judgment. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 21, 1945.

Idle words, actions, idle expenditure of energy, such as gossip, criticizing, even self-condemnation instead of proper repentance, lifting, surrender, and giving up of self-things, all must be accounted for in each day's final judgment. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 23, 1945.

Never sit in the high seat of judgment to pass judgment upon another – only God can so judge. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 12, 1946.

Never sit in judgment upon your own loved ones. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 17, 1947.

Logic, reason, discrimination, discretion and discernment produce good judgment, and are the results of common sense. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 20, 1947.

The disciple, James Bar Zebedee, represents the faculty of good judgment. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 7, 1947.

The one who truly knows law well enough to be a judge simply quotes the proper law by which to judge themselves. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 17, 1949.

Take stock every night, but hold no sense of unworthiness or sin. Every day is a day of judgment. Reach out with arms of love and gather in your negative thoughts, deeds or words spoken while subconscious mind used your voice; lift everything hourly. Consecrate yourself nightly to something constructive for the following day so the Holy Spirit can descend to you. Keep your accounts paid up. Do not carry yesterday's limitations with you; the only tragedy is to drag today's limitations into tomorrow. Balance the day's activities each night and wipe the slate clean. Keep your accounts up to date. – Edna Lister, I Remember, October 8, 1950.

When life brings crucifying humiliations, grief and disappointments to one, Light tests each on his reaction to the other's disappointment. God tests for blame, for judging falsely from outer appearances and for a critical attitude that exalts itself by comparing its own safe, secure place, and its miracles with one so used in God's service. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 9, 1951.

When you criticize or judge a personal judgment, you cannot escape the reaction of law unless you pass the initiation of righteous judgment; God can then legalize your judgment as justice tempered by mercy. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 4, 1951.

Look at people with faith, love, compassion, not prejudice and judgment. – Edna Lister, To Seek the Light, June 10, 1951.

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill. Whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment. – Matthew 5:21-22. The first step belongs to the creature only – the one kills for the lust and love of destruction. If there were no judgment in this stage, the destruction would continue wholesale. The creature must develop a good hearty fear of retribution, so the judgment of law is harsh. When one judges another, he draws this harsh judgment to himself. – Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.

Let the Light be the judge. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 24, 1952.

God takes no cognizance of your family's judgments of its members. – Edna Lister, Gifts and Giving, June 14, 1953.

You must be capable of analysis without judgment. When you have become love, you do not unrighteously judge another. Love grabs darkness, like picking up dirt from the floor, but does not judge it. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 30, 1953.

Your conscience is the judge who reminds you of law; it is your Oversoul speaking. – Edna Lister, I Accept, June 27, 1954.

Grief construed as self-judgment is a double debt your Father pays when you cry over your mistakes. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 19, 1954.

The Councils are not interested in people's opinions and prejudices, but judge by lights. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 21, 1954.

If you interfere with each other, it may cause unrighteous judgment. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 16, 1954.

You become "involved" [in spiritual debt] only when personal opinions or prejudices take over and you begin to play one individual off against another, comparing them with each other and judging. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 9, 1955.

Consider yourself first when you notice a fault in another, and lift it while you name it good. If you can see it in another, it stands a good chance of being in you. The law is, "Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness," not "seek first another's flaws to judge them." – Edna Lister, Prove Thy Works, September 16, 1956.

"Judge not, and you shall not be judged." After you have wiped out the tendency to judge another, nothing negative will remain in your response when you face a difficult person or situation. – Edna Lister, God Is a Gentleman, September 29, 1957.

When you listen to another's emotional troubles or complaints about someone, then dramatize it in the retelling, even for lifting, you hold the others down with subconscious condemnation. (Wearing blinders, passing judgement and blaming may create some forms of blindness.) – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 21, 1957.

When you judge yourselves by your neighbors' standards, you are worldly wonderful – if that is all you want to be. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 25, 1957.

Everyone has opinions and prejudices. Prejudice is to prejudge, and you do so according to your experiences. All prejudice is a buildup of experience. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 3, 1958.

You can recognize a person as being not good, but you must instantaneously lift him to God. Judge not, but lift. You do not stub your toe on him if you lift him. When you sit in judgment, you go down in consciousness, past recognizing what he has done. This is our only business, to lift the dark into the Light, not to criticize. See, but do not dwell on it. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 21, 1958.

Blame equals self; blame means you love self before God. By your own judgments, you will know. – Edna Lister, Revelation 1: The Throne, April 22, 1958.

God isn't asking whether you approve of someone else. God judges only you on the judgment you are expressing. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 22, 1958.

Never speak judgmentally about debts someone owes. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 30, 1958.

You write new negative records when you judge others and so take on their debts in blame. – Edna Lister, Being Without Self, November 2, 1958.

You must be your own judge and executioner: If you fail, the world would pin your ears back in a way the Councils could not. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 4, 1959.

Subconscious mind cannot discern the difference between righteous indignation and passing judgment. – Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.

When you declare that another has done wrong, your judgment goes no farther than the room you occupy and your own record. – Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.

People who look for those who sin, ready to pin the record of sin on their coattails, have blame and judgment traits, and revenge motives. – Edna Miriam, Visualization, May 17, 1959.

As you judge one person for something, you are judging all in that degree. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 28, 1959.

Discretion is a law of surrender, the power of deciding or judging, the faculty that governs knowing when to speak and when to remain silent. – Edna Lister, Eight Great Powers of Being, June 23, 1959.

God never asks you to judge anyone else. You can judge only yourself. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 29, 1959.

Judge every day every night by looking back over the day to see if you've left any holes of ungraciousness, sharp words, indifference, etc. Before you go to sleep, raise your hands and praise the Father, asking that the Shekinah glory pour in to fill the holes. – Edna Lister, The 33 Degrees of Soul Conquering, October 20, 1959.

Ascension promotions are based on your auric colors and answers to initiatory questions. You can give the right answers, but your colors may flare to reveal another tendency; this is how the heavenly inquisitors judge you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 25, 1959.

Use no force with anyone. Just gentle lifting, with no judgment, can free all men. – Edna Lister, Three Covenants Between God and Man, December 15, 1959.

When your thinking, judgment and reason clog, it causes the subconscious to work detrimentally. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 11, 1960.

Judgment is the ability to make prudent decisions. It is closely related to discretion, the faculty that governs knowing when to speak and when to stay silent. To apply law to yourself, you judge your self. – Edna Lister, How Can I Apply Law to My Life, June 7, 1960.

God gave us the faculty of reason to use as just appraisal. When we use rationalization, it becomes criticism and negative judgment. – Edna Lister, What Is Virtue, July 12, 1960.

When the faculties of Wisdom and Love do not open in balance, the soul is erratic in judgment and emotions. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 3, 1960.

No person may sit in judgment on one who has become law. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 5, 1960.

In criticism, you create a black cloud of blame over the one criticized, and your passing of judgment holds you both in bondage until you, the criticizer, pay the debt. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 27, 1961.

Judging a person's potential is different from justly appraising his ability to perform: You pay a debt for holding another to his vision level, rather than to his appraisal level. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 26, 1961.

Judgment may be neither hot nor cold, but balanced and impersonal. Those who base their discussions on intellectual reasoning about what seems "right" judge by what they believe people deserve. This is unrighteous judgment, sitting in the judgment seat.-- Edna Lister, The Seven-Branched Candelabrum, October 31, 1961.

Never judge tomorrow by how last week has been. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 5, 1961.

One who has become law would not be capable of sitting in judgement of another under any condition. Such unrighteous judgment is blame. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 29, 1962.

When you have become law, you dare not sit in judgment of another under any condition; condemnation, criticism and blame count as sitting in judgment. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 29, 1962.

God has given you the power of judgment and you must take the time to be discrete, discriminating and discerning. Bringing the faculties to bear is your criterion of judgment for the future. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 9, 1962.

Passing judgment is a form of being blind to the law of the Lord. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 18, 1963.

True righteousness is right judgment. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 13, 1962.

Never go to bed without having made this a Day of Judgment and releasing the Power to fill the holes you left. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 25, 1963.

You cannot lift an evil that sits under tons of personal judgment. – Edna Lister, God as Principle Applied Under Logic and Reason, November 5, 1963.

Relating information about a person or a situation is not gossiping or recreating IF you do it without emotional prejudice, intellectual unrighteous judgment, and truly base it in loving, compassionate understanding. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 13, 1963.

Ten ascension candidates, pulling a vibration down to unrighteous judgment, add as much weight as all the masses together; therefore the High Councils must withdraw the Power from a soul who judges unrighteously. Once the Power is withdrawn from you, it takes six full months of digging, devotion, prayers and praise to open the Gate as high for Power to be released as it was when you unrighteously judged. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 28, 1963.

Subconscious mind cannot distinguish the difference between "righteous" and "unrighteous," and it always works out any type of judgment through your body and affairs. – Edna Lister, Five Keys of the Kingdom, 1964.

We assume the role of "judge" when we think in terms of enemies, and those so declared surely become adversaries who then judge us. – Edna Lister, Five Keys of the Kingdom, 1964.

You have no right to judge but you do have the right to make a just appraisal, which you may not use for personal gain or self-justification. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 13, 1964.

Faulty judgments are due to ignorance of higher laws as well as of the Sources. – Edna Lister, Your Relation to God: Approach, Presence, Worship, December 1, 1964.

We must pay for every disobedience to law." Therefore, what may seem harsh to you is pure justice if the one being judged is to hold his gains of place, position and Ascension. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 13, 1965.

Law does not require us to like that which is unlike God, but we must not judge it unrighteously. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 25, 1965.

If you say, "I feel," you have descended to the solar plexus ("little me" hunches), and sitting in judgment. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 8, 1965.

People who exercise hasty judgement create hasty debt. – Edna Lister, The Eightfold Path of Buddha: Eight Great Powers of Being, October 18, 1966.

Every day is a day of judgment and you must balance your books each night so you have no hangovers from the day's misused soul substance. Otherwise, you may awaken with a sense of guilt and a low vibration. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 20, 1966.

Many must see the other person in darkness to enhance their own purity and beauty; this is unrighteous judging. – Edna Lister, Faith and Strength, May 7, 1967.

Moral values become possessions of the soul by the exercise of three basic judgments: Self‑judgment, which is moral choice, social judgment, which is ethical choice, and God‑focused judgment, which is religious choice. – Edna Lister, Omnipresence as Time-Space Relationships, October 17, 1967.

God has given us five great laws by which we can judge every act of life: Logic, reason, discrimination, discretion and discernment, which gives us the ability to see. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 10, 1968.

By your words are judged and condemned, not what you think or what the other fellow sees. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

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Treatments for Good Judgment

"Jesus Christ is now here raising me to his consciousness of divine judgment and I express the wisdom of God in all I think, say and do. Divine love, infinite wisdom and supreme intelligence are now active in my affairs, and they are working out to the satisfaction of everyone concerned. I am, the Father and I are one. I am now in conscious contact with divine love. Divine love is flowing into me, through me, and I feel its powerful force radiating from me now." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 1949.

You must fill any lack at night: Go to your own altar, ask forgiveness and fill any hole left above by your misdeeds. (Send Light to those you may have criticized. The Legions assigned to you add their strength to yours through the day as you stumble. If your thought knocks another down, one of the Legion goes to his side to pick him up. This is instantaneous when you realize what you have done and immediately send Light to cover your transgression.) – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 20, 1966.

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Just Appraisal, Making a Balanced Judgment

To be just means "to be upright and impartial in one's dealings, rendering everyone his due, equitable." An appraisal is "a formal evaluation of the performance of a person over a particular period, evaluation or assessment in this manner, intended to improve individual performance." Making a just appraisal is the conjoint action of several mental faculties focused on making a balanced judgment.

Edna Lister on Just Appraisal

You have no vision on the inner until you use what you have on the outer. Your analysis of facts incorporates the abstract application of your high faculty of imagination, and you can instantly and logically synthesize or envision a higher point of Ascension. Obedience becomes the instantaneous synthesis of what you already know with all that comes to you. – Edna Lister, A Perfect Design for Ascension, 1941.

We can't afford to be gullible or soft, but must equip ourselves to make the proper appraisals of everything – individuals, land, houses, cars. Our ability to make a just appraisal is even more important in our relationships with others. For instance, we do not put trust in another, whose discretion is a leaky sieve, nor can we burden others with confidences past their ability to hold them private. – Edna Lister, Rose Colored Glasses, April 22, 1956.

Applying logic, reason, discrimination, discretion and discernment forms the basis of your inner knowing and you can make a just appraisal on the outer. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 28, 1959.

God gave us the faculty of reason to use as just appraisal. – Edna Lister, What Is Virtue, July 12, 1960.

A just appraisal is different from analysis, criticism or suspicion. Individual opinions and prejudices are always involved in analysis, and we can still be critical, condemning and intensely personal. We generally base analysis on a self satisfying insight that results in self-gratification and self congratulation. Criticism creates a black cloud of blame over the one criticized, and judgment passed holds both in bondage until the criticizer pays the debt. The last debt forgiven is where one has criticized unjustly. Suspicion generally creates the thing of which one is suspicious. A just appraisal includes three steps:

Complete surrender of self under the law of forgiveness:

I forgive him, but he'd better never do it again.

Father, you forgive him.

Father, forgive me, lest I offend my brother or cause him to stumble.

Fervently praise all good the person has previously done, which is the basis of declaring it good. Lift the person into the Father's arms, knowing that He does the work. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 27, 1961.

To apply a just appraisal, you cannot be gullible about surface appearances. If outer personality stands between you and the Father, you are blind. A just appraisal involves acknowledgment of any self delusion, and most people do not like to admit they have deluded themselves. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 12, 1961.

Judging a person's potential is different from justly appraising his ability to perform. We pay a debt for holding another accountable to his vision level, rather than to his appraisal level. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 26, 1961.

The Oversoul "I AM" consciousness must rule the emotions before we can make a just appraisal. – Edna Lister, Many Pearls, Many Treasures, November 25, 1962.

Watch that just appraisal does not degenerate into criticism. Each has imperfections that he is making perfect, each in his own way. Who can look at another and say, "You are wrong"? Look at yourself and see what is wrong there. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 10, 1962.

One must make a just appraisal to know what and where to lift. Look up and ask for help. State the need in as few words as possible. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 29, 1963.

Do not allow a just appraisal to degenerate into criticism. Do not be critical, or dramatize about self, another person, government or situation. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 7, 1963.

We have no right to judge, but we do have the right to make a just appraisal, which we may not use for personal gain or self-justification. – Edna Lister, The Legend of Isis and Osiris, April 14, 1964.

Jesus was all-knowing – he knew each one's history at a glance and made a just appraisal of all who contacted him. The gift of a just appraisal comes only with complete universal compassion and no misuse of Power. Jesus knew each disciple's potentialities, how far they were from a just appraisal of others and achieving their own potential. – Edna Lister, The Sword: Your Flaming Scepter of Power, April 19, 1964.

You can obey laws, but you must know the reasons behind them to make a just appraisal. A just appraisal must apply Light from above to the situation. – Edna Lister, The Sword: Your Flaming Scepter of Power, April 19, 1964.

A just appraisal is to focus the Light of God on the situation. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 28, 1964.

A just appraisal of one's self often involves a good "mental kicking." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 26, 1966.

Standing still while saying, "Let there be Light," is our answer to the challenge of faith as the evidence of things not seen. Standing still becomes the actual practice in the use of the active power of nonresistance, which instantly begins to work things together for our good. It also sets into motion the law of just appraisal, and we find it easy to stand still and know before moving or speaking. By tuning in on the fundamental laws of all creation, we can take everything that comes to us under the Power contained in and issuing from a just appraisal.

Exactly what do we mean by just appraisal? We are not supposed to allow ourselves to be made over or pushed around by anything or anyone. Unless we stand in poised stillness, we can grow suspicious of anything or anyone, even descending into judgment of another.

To make a just appraisal of anyone, anything or any situation, we must not react in repudiation to it, even though we feel or may know it to be wrong. We accept Light and say, "Let there be Light," then stand still and wait. The right words of refusal to be moved or touched are not rejection or counted as a judgment, and right words will be put upon our lips.

Standing still and waiting does free others from ourselves and we, in turn, become free of all others under this just appraisal, which takes the place of all need to judge. Without our complete inner conviction that faith is only another name for divine Mind in action, we can never move into our full expression of perfect acceptance and our standing still while God does the work. And it is while divine Mind is doing through us and living as us that just appraisal can take over. – Edna Lister, Faith in Action, 1968.

From applying logic and reason under thinking, our great creative tool, it becomes easy to move higher into the Light, where we apply discretion, discrimination and discernment to our analysis under a just appraisal before we speak or act. When we are lifted in consciousness into this timeless, spaceless place of nonresistance, we move where the "impossibles" of man are absorbed by the Light and the "possibles" of God as divine Mind move forth as miracles. We, by the use of our faculties of logic, reason, discretion, discrimination and discernment applied as just appraisal, draw all the potential powers of Light from the vast center of the principle of nonresistance to operate under the glory and the faith of our spoken Word. – Edna Lister, Faith in Action, 1968.

You must apply the law of just appraisal to the physical appearance. Reputation and character write themselves on our outer forms. You must have some idea of what the visible form says as a key to the inner. – Edna Lister, How to Make a Just Appraisal, May 14, 1968.

A just appraisal means "cast not thy pearls before swine." You don't burden another with more than he can carry. Without a just appraisal, you become a tempter, and it may delay your miracle. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 7, 1968.

You contract a debt when you relate a just appraisal in another's presence. Go to the Mercy Seat. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 15, 1968.

At the end of one thousand burnt offerings we ask for good judgment, which gives us the ability to make a truly just appraisal. – Edna Lister, 1,000 Burnt Offerings, November 23, 1969.

Illumination plus intuition and common sense gives you a just appraisal. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

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Judgment: A Parable

He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying, "There was in a certain city a judge, who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, 'Get justice for me from my adversary.' And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, 'Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.'" Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall not God avenge His own elect, who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he really find faith on the earth?" Luke 18:1-8.

We are forever at a spiritual crossroads. We engage in the study of self, the study of our past life, choosing this day whom we will serve. To our conscious mind, this seems right today, but our subconscious is usually locked up in wrong judgments, bondage, fixed opinions, emotions, and prejudices, demanding "justice." Searching for facts is more profitable than jumping at conclusions. The conclusions unfold from the facts.

A wise judge keeps an open mind, desires no knowledge of gossip, but is balanced in his thinking. "Judge not, that you be not judged." – Matthew 7:1. We can only judge our self. We must confine ourselves to our self. We may not tell others how to run their lives until we look the part, act part, are that thing ourselves.

The Day of Judgment comes when our own judgments fulfill themselves in us. The seat of judgment is a point in mind where we reach our conclusion or opinion. We must give up false judgments to be made perfect. – Edna Lister, October 24, 1934.

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New Testament on Judging

Judge not, that you be not judged. – Matthew 7:1.

Judge not: and you shall not be judged. – Luke 6:37.

Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. – Luke 6:37.

With what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. – Matthew 7:2.

With the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. – Luke 6:38.

Do not look at the speck in your brother's eye while ignoring the plank in your own eye. First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. – Matthew 7:3,5.

Do [not] look at the speck in your brother's eye, [without perceiving] the plank in your own eye. First remove the plank from your own eye; and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother's eye. – Luke 6:42.

The Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son. – John 5:22.

As you hear, you judge; and your judgment is righteous only if you do not seek your own will but the will of the Father who sent you. – John 5:30.

Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment. – John 7:24.

You judge according to the flesh; the Christ judges no one. Yet if he does judge, his judgment is true; for he is not alone, but is with the Father who sent him. – John 8:15-16.

If anyone hears the Christ's words and does not believe, Christ does not judge him, for he did not come to judge the world but to save the world. – John 12:47.

He who rejects the Christ, and does not receive his words, the Christ will judge him in the last day. – John 12:48.

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Old Testament on Judgment and Judging

The Lord is known by the judgment He executes; the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. – Psalm 9:16.

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. – Psalm 19:7-9.

God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another. Psalm 75:7.

God stands in the congregation of the mighty; He judges among the gods. – Psalm 82:1.

It is not good to show partiality in judgment. – Proverbs 24:23.

Do not say, "I will do to him just as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work." – Proverbs 24:29.

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter; as the heavens for height and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is unsearchable. – Proverbs 25:2-3.

A wise man's heart discerns both time and judgment, because for every matter there is a time and judgment. – Ecclesiastes 8:5-6.

The sentence against an evil work must be executed speedily. – Ecclesiastes 8:11.

God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil. – Ecclesiastes 12:14.

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Judgment and Judging in Other Sacred Writings

Laws for the rulers of nations: Give ear, you who rule the people, and glory in the multitude of nations, for power is given you of the Lord, and sovereignty from the Highest, who shall try your works, and search out your counsels. Because, being ministers of His kingdom, you have not judged aright, kept the law, or walked after the counsel of God, He shall come upon you horribly and speedily: for a sharp judgment shall be to those in high places. Mercy will soon pardon the meanest, but mighty men shall be mightily tormented. He who is Lord over all shall fear no man's person, nor stand in awe of any man's greatness: for He has made the small and great, and cares for all alike. – Wisdom of Solomon 6:2-7.

Be not curious in unnecessary matters: for many are deceived by their own vain opinion; and an evil suspicion overthrows their judgment. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 3:23-24.

As the judge of the people is himself, so are his officers; and what manner of man the ruler of the city is, such are all they who dwell therein. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 10:2.

Strive not in a matter that does not concern you; and sit not in judgment with sinners. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 11:9.

Meddle not with many matters: for if you meddle much, you shall not be innocent; and if you follow after, you shall not obtain, neither shall you escape by fleeing. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 11:10.

Judge none blessed before his death: for a man shall be known in his children. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 11:28.

Before judgment examine yourself, and in the day of visitation you shalt find mercy. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 18:20.

There is an exquisite subtlety, and the same is unjust; and there is one who turns aside to make judgment appear; and there is a wise man who justifies in judgment. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 19:25.

They who fear the Lord shall find judgment, and shall kindle justice as a light. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 32:16.

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Etymology of judgment: Latin judicare "to judge," from judicem (nom. judex) "to judge," a compound of jus "right, law" + root of dicere "to say."


Judgment is an absolute principle; God is the Judge.

Judgment is an abstract principle.

Judgment is a law of being.

Judgment is a soul faculty.


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If you think at all so as to discriminate between truth and falsehood, you will find that you cannot accept open self-contradiction. Hence to think is to judge, and to judge is to criticise, and to criticise is to use a criterion of reality. And surely to doubt this would be mere blindness or confused self-deception. – F.H. Bradley, Appearance and Reality


References

Bradley, Francis H. Appearance and Reality: A Metaphysical Essay. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd. 1916, 136.

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

The Nag Hammadi Library. James M. Robinson, editor. San Francisco, Harper & Row, 1981.


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