Judge not, lest ye be judged.
Jesus, The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:1)
You can just as much be a judge of an individual by acquitting them, when God has not acquitted them as you can by condemning them when God has not yet condemned them. In both cases you play the role of judge so ultimately the question is: what does Scripture consistently say about the point? And everything else is mere commentary.
Dr Robert Gagnon
Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating.
Simone Weil (1909-1943)
There’s a mighty judgment coming, but I could be wrong…
Leonard Cohen, Tower of Song
(he’s not wrong)
Religion, opium for the people. To those suffering pain, humiliation, illness, and serfdom, it promised a reward in an afterlife. And now we are witnessing a transformation. A true opium for the people is a belief in nothingness after death—the huge solace of thinking that for our betrayals, greed, cowardice, murders we are not going to be judged.
-Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004)