Gracie What’s the one Bible verse that everybody knows? Even atheists, agnostics, wiccans, and everybody else can quote?  Even atheists and agnostics can fire it at others in the blink of an eye, even though they don’t accept the Bible and don’t respect anything it stands for, they hide behind it like a shield. To give it more authority people insist on quoting it in ancient English even though you’ll never hear them speak that way in every day life. Give up?  Ok, here we go: Judge not, that ye be not judged. Every clown on the street knows this one and in my opinion….. no, I’m sure of it; its not by coincidence. Satan has brainwashed the human race to swallow it. He would just LOVE it (as far as he’s capable of love) if every person ever born would think we’re never to judge. If he could pull that one off he could remove all our defenses. He’s pretty much done it too. I’m always seeing suckers who fall for that line. The trouble is that as he usually does, satan has programmed most of us to see half of the truth; everybody knows the first half of the verse but far fewer know the whole verse. So they stumble around thinking they’re never to judge anything; suckers. We judge every day, we have to and we’re told to do so. Half of the people reading this will have branded me a heretic by now so I’ll have to take drastic measures. Now let’s talk about May 1928, White Plains New York . Let’s talk about the Budd family; two parents, Albert and Delia who by the time I’m finished you will want to shake and scream at, as I do. Let’s talk about their daughter, Gracie, all of 12 years old, was at her house, playing. Gracie liked to pick flowers, she was a normal little girl, I think she had beautiful eyes and a pretty smile. One day a stranger came to their house in response to an ad in a newspaper. The stranger was a nice old man, he looked like anyone’s grandfather. He was there to hire Gracie’s older brother, Edward to do some work on his farm, then he saw Gracie. He talked the Budds into letting him take Gracie to a children’s party at his sister’s house. He was a complete stranger, they let him have her. He didn’t take her to a party, he took her to a vacant house. While she was outside picking flowers he was upstairs taking his clothes off. He then called her into the house; when she saw him she knew even at her age that something was wrong and started to cry. He killed her, chopped her into pieces, baked and ate most of her. He carried part of her torso wrapped in brown butcher paper around for a few days even on the busses he was riding. His name was Albert Fish and he was one of the worst serial killers in history. Grace wasn’t his first victim, he had done this to at least 15 other children. In November of 1934 The Budds received a letter from him, part of which I’ve included here: "On Sunday June the 3—1928 I called on you at 406 W 15 St. Brought you pot cheese—strawberries. We had lunch. Grace sat in my lap and kissed me. I made up my mind to eat her. On the pretense of taking her to a party. You said yes she could go. I took her to an empty house in Westchester I had already picked out. When we got there, I told her to remain outside. She picked wildflowers. I went upstairs and stripped all my clothes off. I knew if I did not I would get her blood on them. When all was ready I went to the window and called her. Then I hid in a closet until she was in the room. When she saw me all naked she began to cry and tried to run down the stairs. I grabbed her and she said she would tell her mamma. "First I stripped her naked. How she did kick—bite and scratch. I choked her to death, then cut her in small pieces so I could take my meat to my rooms. Cook and eat it. How sweet and tender she was, roasted in the oven. It took me 9 days to eat her entire body. It must be remembered that this isn't a story, it's not fiction or something out of a lousy paperback book. This actually happened. When I think of poor Gracie picking flowers for her mom who would never receive them, only to end up suffering this gruesome fate and no one there to save her I want to scream. When I think of a gentle soul like her at the mercy of a creature like him I get nauseous. I know more of the details than I've written here. The complete letter he wrote the Budds told how, in detail he and others had done the same thing to other children. I know about his sexual perversions and his sadomasochistic habits. Had I included it people would be enraged and sickened. This is the stuff of nightmares that won't leave you alone.  If you’re infuriated by this and you think this was a sick evil man, guess what, you judged him. If you think her parents were stupid and shouldn’t have been allowed custody of children because they just gave her to a stranger, you just judged them. If you think I’m wrong in using this graphic example, you judged. If you were her parents and thought he was a sick old pervert, you would have judged him. If you say someone is judging you, you just judged them. We all judge, every day, several times a day. We have to. ‘But’, some are still protesting, ‘we’re told, judge not lest ye be judged’,  they recite it like programmed mindless zombies. The verse is accurate and the Bibles does say that. A really easy thing to do with the Bible is take out the parts we want and disregard the rest, as in this case. The key to this is the second half of that passage: For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. (Matthew 7:2)  or, put in more contemporary terms: For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. (Matthew 7:2)  Every person who has ever lived has or will be judged, whether we do it or not. Even Jesus was judged, the difference between him and us is that he was found innocent. What this whole thing means is that we’re not to judge cruelly, or maliciously. If we’re harsh when we make judgments, God will be that way with us. If we judge with justice and common sense and compassion, that’s how we’ll get treated. The trick to that is to let the Holy Spirit guide us when we make judgments. If you still won’t believe that we’re told to judge, chew on these for a while:  Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment." (John 7:24)  Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? (1 Corinthians 6:2) - Which conversely says that we ARE worthy to judge.  Are you not discriminating among your own and becoming critics and judges with wrong motives? (James 2:4)  - which also says that we can judge with the right motives.  If we don’t judge right from wrong, we swallow everything shoved at us, if we don’t judge right from wrong, we fall for anything.  There is a right and a wrong way to judge. If I say that Albert Fish was an evil, sick man, I use correct judgment (there is a lot about him that’s not included here that must be taken into account); but if I were to say that the Budds were terrible parents and shouldn’t have had custody of their kids, I would be judging wrongly. If I were to say that Albert Fish will spend eternity in hell as he should, I would be judging wrongly. Only God determines salvation, even angels can’t and don’t dare to do that: But even Michael, one of the mightiest of the angels, did not dare accuse the devil of blasphemy, but simply said, "The Lord rebuke you!" (This took place when Michael was arguing with the devil about Moses' body.) (Jude 1:9)  The simple fact is that anyone who advocates that we’re never to judge is serving satan either knowingly or unknowingly. We’re told to resist satan and we can’t do that if we don’t judge right from wrong. My whole point is this:  any time we have an opinion on anything, we judge that thing. If you have any opinion of Albert Fish, or Jeffery Dahmer or Charles Manson or Jim Jones or Marshall Applewhite or Adolf Hitler or Saddam Hussein, you judged them. The only people who don't judge are the people with no opinions of anything and who accept everything they're told as truth and valid. One footnote:  any time we see things in the Bible that seem to contradict each other, it's not the Bible that's flawed, it's our understanding of it.
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