Do You Not Notice the Log that Is In Your Own Eye?

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What do you think is the common denominator for those who say, “I would like to live together”? It is not power; power cannot transcend history. It is good only in the moment. Is it knowledge? The world of knowledge advances, doesn’t it? Would you like to live together forever in the world of knowledge? We know for sure that we can’t live together just because of knowledge or money. What is the one common denominator that can be accepted, whether it is on the top or the bottom, the left or the right, or in the past, present, or future? It is love. (148-260, 1986.10.11)

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On Satan’s side stood Japan, Germany and Italy. On God’s side stood Britain and the son of Britain. Britain’s son is America, isn’t it? The son of Japan is Germany. Germany would say, “Wow, that little country of Japan is like that, so it will sweep over the western world in an instant.” That is why war ensued. England and her son, the United States, are in the same relationship as the Eve nation, Japan, and Germany. The archangel nation on God’s side, in a similar position to Italy, was France. France wavered back and forth; isn’t that so? (188-147, 1989.2.19)

Judge Not

SCRIPTURE CAUTIONS US NOT TO JUDGE another person’s faults, even when they are evident, because neither are we perfect and free from error. Scriptures of all faiths echo Jesus’ teaching, not to regard the speck in your neighbor’s eye before removing the log from your own eye. Father Moon teaches the rule of three: before criticizing another person once, criticize yourself three times. Furthermore, before we correct another person, we should first invest in loving and helping them.

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment that you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
    Matthew 7.1-5 Easily seen are others’ faults, hard indeed to see are one’s own. Like chaff one winnows others’ faults, but one’s own one hides, as a crafty fowler conceals himself by camouflage.
He who sees others’ faults is ever irritable—his corruptions grow. He is far from the destruction of the corruptions.
    Dhammapada 252-53 (Buddhism)

The vile are ever prone to detect the faults of others, though they be as small as mustard seeds, and persistently shut their eyes against their own, though they be as large as vilva fruit. Garuda Purana 112

Do not judge your comrade until you have stood in his place.12 Mishnah, Avot 2.5 (Judaism) A man holding a basket of eggs does not dance on stones.
    Buji Proverb (African Traditional Religions)

Confucius said, “The gentleman calls attention to the good points in others; he does not call attention to their defects. The small man does just the reverse of this.”
    Analects 12.16 (Confucianism)

 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your       brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God; as it is written,

As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me and every tongue shall confess to  God.

So each of us shall give account of himself to God.
    Romans 14.10-12

The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such. What do you say about her?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus looked up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again.”
    John 8.3-11

He who treads the Path in earnest
Sees not the mistakes of the world;
If we find fault with others
We ourselves are also in the wrong.
When other people are in the wrong, we
should ignore it,
For it is wrong for us to find fault.
By getting rid of this habit of fault-finding
We cut off a source of defilement.
When neither hatred nor love disturb our mind
Serenely we sleep.
    Sutra of Hui Neng 2 (Buddhism)

Censuring others and praising himself, concealing good qualities present in others and proclaiming noble qualities absent in himself, he causes them to have low status. Disparaging himself and praising others, proclaiming qualities which are present in others and not proclaiming those that are absent in himself, with humility and modesty he lifts them to high status. No obstacle should be created in the [spiritual] development of others.
    Tattvarthasutra 6.25-27 (Jainism)


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