Being Judgmental

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

Judgment may be righteous or unrighteous, according to the amount of self we introduce to 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." Being judgmental is a soul taint and a sin.

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Edna Lister on Being Judgmental

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

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.

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, January 1936.

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, July 24, 1938.

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

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, February 26, 1940.

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

Never judge another, but know that the law takes care of everything. – Edna Lister, February 13, 1941.

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

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

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

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

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

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, 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, 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 consciousness only – he kills for the lust and love of destruction. If there were no judgment in this stage, the destruction would continue wholesale. The creature consciousness 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.

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 trash from the floor, but does not judge it. – Edna Lister, November 30, 1953.

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

The Councils are not interested in people's opinions and prejudices, but judge by lights and colors. November 21, 1954.

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

You become involved in spiritual debts only when personal opinions or prejudices take over. You begin to play one individual against another, comparing them with each other and judging. – Edna Lister, March 9, 1955.

Consider yourself first when you see a fault, 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," not "seek first another's flaws to judge them." – Edna Lister, Prove Thy Works, 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.

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, 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 will 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 your only business, to lift the dark into the Light, not to criticize. See, but do not dwell on it. – Edna Lister, January 21, 1958.

Never speak judgmentally about debts someone owes. – Edna Lister, 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.

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, May 28, 1959.

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

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

No person may sit in judgment on one who has become law. – Edna Lister, 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, 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, July 26, 1961.

Judgment may be neither hot nor cold, but balanced and impersonal. One who bases his discussions on intellectual reasoning about what seems right judges by what he believes people deserve. This is unrighteous judgment, called sitting in the judgment seat. – Edna Lister, The Seven-Branched Candle Stand, October 31, 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, 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, May 29, 1962.

Passing judgment is a form of being blind to the law of the Lord. – Edna Lister, March 18, 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, November 13, 1963.

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

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, 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.

You 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, January 13, 1965.

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

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

People who exercise hasty judgment create hasty debt. – Edna Lister, The 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, 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, January 10, 1968.

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, 1982.

You assume the role of "judge" when you think in terms of enemies, and those so declared surely become adversaries who then judge you. – Edna Lister, Five Keys of the Kingdom, 1964, 1982.

By your words are judged and condemned, not what you think or what the other fellow sees. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1928-1971.

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Treatments for Good Judgment

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, October 20, 1966.

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New Testament on Being Judgmental

Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire [because it is judgmental cursing]. – Matthew 5:21-22.

Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. – Matthew 7:1-2.

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. – Luke 6:37-38.

I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. – John 5:30.

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. – John 7:24.

Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. – John 8:15-16.

If any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. – John 12:47.

Judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. – 1 Corinthians 4:5.

My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; and ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? – James 2:1-4.

For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. – James 2:13.

There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another? – James 4:12.

Above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. – James 5:12.

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Old Testament on Being Judgmental

Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbor. – Leviticus 19:15.

Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure. Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have. – Leviticus 19:35-36.

It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment. – Proverbs 24:23. It is not good to show partiality in judgment.

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Being Judgmental 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.

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

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.

Judge with uprightness, so that your ministry may be glorified. – Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles, Codex VI,1.

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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 –1971
The original Pioneering Mystic
minister, teacher, and author

Edna Lister

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

Being judgmental is a soul taint.

Being judgmental is a sin.


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

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

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

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