“All the world’s religions provide an account of how people struggle with “the four last things”: good, evil, death and judgement. (Dr Gwen Adshead, Consultant Forensic Psychotherapist, Broadmoor Hospital interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Desert Island Discs)

I was pondering what to write on this topic, chosen by Conrad, when I heard Dr.Adshead on the radio this morning. This set me to wondering why judgement should be one of the “four last things”?

What is judgement? Who is doing the judging?

Given that the monotheistic religions preach about such things as Judgement Day, the Judgement of God, I have to ask what is that we are to be Judged on? Why do we think we need to be Judged? Do the other animals that inhabit the Earth need judgement?

Why the arrogance of man (as in mankind) to assume that he alone is sinful and may have entitlement to a place in some “heaven”.

This means that we have to come to the concept of  sin and what we mean by it…and thus we arrive at good and evil…. where do these concepts come from? Why do we need them? If we do indeed need them. And, why do different cultures have different ideas of what constitute good and evil?

There is only one certainty amongst all of this… DEATH…. After death there is nothing so why the need for higher judgement?

Of course judgement comes into this in a different way…you who read this will make your individual judgements of my writing and thus on me.

Good Luck!

This is the latest in the LBC series of posts. You can take yourself over to the posts of other members of the Loose Bloggers Consortium by using the following links : Anu, Ashok, gaelikaa, Ginger, Grannymar, Helen, Judy, Conrad, Maria and Ramana


5 Responses to “Judgement….”

  1. Rummuser Says:

    Here is a completely non judgmental comment Magpie. I wish that I could have written it.

  2. Grannymar Says:

    I wish I had the words to write it!

  3. bikehikebabe Says:

    To make a judgement is to have a strong opinion. To defend your position, to me, would not be fun. If you like that, join a debate team.

    My next door neighbor boys came in 4th in the high school national debate contest. I’d hate to be their wives. They’ll never win an argument.

    • magpie11 Says:

      There are differences between debate, discussion and argument…. Given time to prepare I can debate any subject and probably from any point of view. Whether I do so successfully can only be seen in the result of the debate, in the numbers turning from the opposite point of view assessed in a formal manner (a vote?)

      Discussion does not always end in a changes of points of view and should be non confrontational.

      Argument is usually informal and not refereed. It can become aggressive or yet calm and collected but it is essentially confrontational.

      The other idea of argument is armoury of facts and ideas that is used in a debate.

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