Is it important to find the right way?
Many people don’t think there is a right way, or they think going the right way makes little difference. In fact, there are those who think any way they go is the right way for them.
But Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6a KJV). Jesus’ way is the right way. Since Jesus’ way is always right, that means any other way is wrong. Therefore, it is important for us to determine Jesus’ way as taught in the scriptures and follow it.
Some say, “That involves making a judgment, and Jesus said, “Do not judge so that you will not be judged” (Matthew 7:1 NASB). Therefore, some say it is inappropriate to make any kind of judgment about anything.
If one reads the context of Matthew chapter seven, one finds that Jesus is not discouraging making judgments. He is simply warning us to use the appropriate standard of judgment.
Jesus said, “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you” (Matthew 7:2-3). This statement is known as a “synonymous parallelism” in that the way the words “judge” and “measure” are synonymous. The Mishnah, the oral tradition of Hebrew teachings, said, “With what measure a man metes, it shall be measured to him again.”
The measure Jesus speaks of is an objective standard. Contrary to the ideas of relativists, the world has objective standards. The objective standard for length or distance is the meter. Two identical meter bars exist in the U.S. and in Europe.
Jesus said, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24). The standard for our judgments must be according to God’s word — that is righteous judgment.
Jesus applied this in Matthew 7:5-6 with the one who would seek to correct a man with a minor flaw while he, himself, has a major one. Righteous judgment would compel us to first take the beam out of our own eye, then we will see clearly enough to remove the speck in our brother’s eye.
There are judgments to make, but they must be made according to the standard of God’s word. When it comes to what we believe and what we practice, those judgments must be made in accordance with the Bible. There is no other source of knowledge that will help us make the righteous judgments we need to make for our souls.
(Unless otherwise specified, all scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible, Updated Edition.)