Breaking the Law

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Philosophy Alert.

(Which means I’ll share my thoughts the way I see them, without bowing to any particular philosophical or religious – or lack thereof – flavour.)

There are ways in which people inadvertently breach the Universal Law.   I have understood a few of those recently.  Christians, a score for you:  A number of these Laws are mentioned in the Bible.  They are also noted in other places.

1. Judging others.

We’ve had our share of being judged and even slandered, following the death of my Hubbs.  Like that is what we needed.  I have come to a point where I am deaf on that kind of ear.  I’m also pretty judgemental myself, as anyone who reads my blog will discover. But I’m aware of it and am working on changing it; bad habits die hard, but I’m trying.

If you judge others, you are breaching a Universal Law.  The Law states that we all are different, and that we have Free Will; and it states further (this in the Bible) that God will judge us, and only God – and he reserves his judgement literally until the last day, Judgement Day.

We all do it.  But should we?

2. Manipulating / blackmailing others.

If someone blackmails you, they are elevating themselves above God and breaking the Universal Law of Free Will.  You have Free Will and even God respects this.  If a fellow human overrides your Free Will, they are breaching a Universal Law.

The next time you realize you’re being manipulated or blackmailed, take a step back and ask yourself:  Will I allow this?  Because the person doing it has less than no right to do it.  How do they even get away with it?

I can happily say that not everybody tries to manipulate others. Those who do, can be “healed” of this behaviour, but only by you taking a very firm stance and not allowing it.  No compromises.

3. Time wasters.

This is subtle and ouch.  It is not as overt a breach as judging or manipulating; but if someone is wasting your time (e.g. by not honouring an appointment), they are literally trashing what is your most precious commodity – the minutes of your life.

This is not a matter of value in money.  It’s value in breaths you take, in moments you could have spent with loved ones instead, of the golden minutes of your life running away like sand through your fingers.

I used to be horrible with keeping on time.  Teaching 1:1 violin taught me the importance of being on time.  If a lesson is going to be only 30 minutes and 7 are missed due to tardiness – that is 1/4 of the lesson!

I am inclined to go the extra mile and give students more minutes than they actually paid for, but this is voluntary and a gift, in the line of service.  But only if they want it!  Otherwise, no matter how much value I offer in those minutes, I’m wasting their time.

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So.  That bit of philosophy, way after midnight.  Maybe tomorrow I will understand why I had to write it.

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11 thoughts on “Breaking the Law

  1. Judging others. Let me unpick the theology of this for you:

    “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matthew 7:1). Christ was addressing his disciples who were, at that time, still under the old covenant. The Old Covenant was one of law and punishment. Almost everyone, even non-believers, knows these words, and we are very quick to trot them out*. Almost everyone, however, misses another piece of scripture, mainly because it’s buried in one of Paul’s epistles – we all think we know Paul-the-boring-old-misogynist-Pharisee and we tend to ignore him anyway – in the middle of a passage about settling disputes:

    “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?” (from 1 Corinthians 6:2)

    By ‘saints’ he means the whole Church**, the same Church that Peter addressed as “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9). The Church is in the New Covenant of love and salvation, where the law is known inwardly, as Paul says: “ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart” (2 Corinthians 3:3). These declarations – to the effect that the Church IS fit to judge – are not carte blanche for every professing ‘Christian’ to pass arbitrary judgment, because I’m afraid that hardly any professing Christian these days is a ‘saint’; it is a long time since any of the churches of the world was a community of the sanctified, and so, for the most part, professing ‘Christians’ are still under the Old Covenant and should hold their tongues!

    A friend of a friend defines the Church – the actual Church called together by Christ – as follows: “The Church is made up of those who hear and obey the Voice of the Shepherd.” Only THAT body is fit to judge, under the New Covenant, having the law written on “fleshy tables” within their psyche, within their whole being.

    I’ll take this a step further. How is this Church, this community of saints, supposed to go about judging? By handing down diktats? By getting into seats of power and passing laws? By beating folk over the head with a Bible? No. By prophecy, by preaching the Gospel. Let me take that a step further. How does the Church prophesy, how does it preach? It prophesies and preaches first of all by its very existence, by being in the world’s sight, and by living differently, and by “shew[ing] forth the praises of him who hath called” them. Very often, however, that makes it hated and despised by the world, including by a whole parcel of professing ‘Christians’.***

    The big problem with “judge not, that ye be not judged,” is that there is a point beyond which ‘tolerance’ becomes indifference, beyond which not judging means lack of judgment, not just not recognising the difference between right and wrong but not caring.

    Och, this just got away from me today. It’s a long time since I flexed my scriptural muscles. 😀

    *And it’s always the other feller we address them to!
    **That is the usage throughout Acts.
    ***Maybe at the end times the saints will serve in some heavenly judiciary as well, who knows!

    • 🙂 ❤ Thank you Marie!
      I have just understood why I had to thrash out that blog post way past midnight!! It is so that I could pull this response out of you!
      Admit it, you'd never have posted this out of your own. And yet you should have. I'm glad it "got away from you", it is incredible information and insight. People need to read this.

    • I can’t help being Biblically literate. I actually read the Bible – I don’t know how anyone with an interest in English can fail to, as it is one of the building blocks of literacy in English. You’re right, I wouldn’t have initiated this myself. I would rather that Church did its own work, and I was left to get on with other work of importance to humankind (oh, my arrogance! 😀 )

  2. My view on that ‘judge not’ is that it is not a sensible injunction at all, It is impractical and impracticable. Every day of our lives we are forming judgments of something: people, news events, things, books, art, food. Life depends on it in many situations, as with driving decisions. ‘Oh, but that’s not the same thing at all!’ people will protest. Why not? A judgment is a judgment. Whether it be of something needing a split-second decision, or of a person arrived at after much deliberation, it dictates one’s attitude and actions. I will most definitely judge anyone who is cruel to animals, and I will despise them for it, just as one example. By the same token, one should expect to be judged by others, and in many cases that can inform one’s behaviour. Scriptural superstitions have no real bearing on the matter.

    • Also an incredibly valid comment. We all discriminate – e.g. between bad coffee and better coffee. We judge. Eibisfeld talks about “norm-preserving gossip”. And as teachers, we need to judge performances and abilities and progress, so we can know where best to apply leverage.

      Then again, focus is an amazing thing. I’ll blog on that a little bit later. Glad I started on this track, it is fun to draw my blogbuddies out into great comments!

      Btw how is your garden judging going? 🙂

    • Shows how dangerous generalisations are, and focus is a good thing to focus on!
      We had a visit to an incredible indigenous garden today. The property has a river running through it, is overlooked by an impressive kranz, is bordered by forest, and yet is fifteen minutes from work. How lucky can you get?

    • 🙂 Not #ignorant, just not South African ;).

      A kranz (Afrikaans: krans) is a hill or mountain, usually with a bit of an overhang, like for instance those mushroom-shaped rock formations in Golden Gate. It’s even immortalized in the old SA national hymn: “Oor ons ewige gebergtes waar die kranse antwoord gee” (over our eternal mountains where the cliffs answer back). Nothing to do with the German, “Kranz” which means a wreath, or “Kaffeekraenzchen” which is a gossipy get-together over coffee by some friends.

    • Merriam webster: a sheer cliff or precipice in southern Africa. More, we understand it to be the cliffs providing so many hills and mountains here with a sort of headband.

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