Monday, June 7, 2010

Helping People Who Are Prone to Making Rash Judgments - Priolo, JOFMM Fall 2005

“What in the world is a rash judgment? And what does it have
to do with biblical counseling?”
No, a rash judgment is not the diagnosis made by a dermatologist.
A rash judgment is jumping to hasty and unfounded negative
conclusions about another’s character without having sufficient
biblical cause. Rash or Snap (Superficial, Nondiscriminating And
Presumptuous) Judgments have much to do with biblical counseling.
Not only are some of your counselees fond of making them, but
also you, as a counselor, must avoid making them about those to
whom you minister.
At best, a rash judgment is a violation of 1 Corinthians 13:7 (not
believing the best about others) and thus is an uncharitable attitude.
At worst, it is a violation of the ninth commandment: “You shall not
bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16)...

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