Judgement and Projection, the Biblical & Psychological Link

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Matthew 7:1-2 (NIV)

Projection a concept of psychology; it is the act of attributing one’s own undesirable attributes onto another person.

Its purpose is to avoid feelings of guilt or neurotic anxiety.

At its foundation, projection is a defense mechanism strategically deployed by the subconscious mind.

Truly, the person projecting his or her emotions upon another, feels helpless to change their own false patterns of thought.

They are often not aware of these corrupted mental schemas, or at least not fully aware.

Simply put, it is easier to accuse someone else of fault than to come to terms with one’s own offenses.

We might consider the Biblical perspective of this psychological disorder in order to better both.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.״

Matthew 7:3-5 (NIV)

I am not a psychologist, however, if I was, I might say that the above passage describes a person who is projecting his or her negative characteristics upon another.

In the context of Jesus’ words, this person is projecting his or her own sin upon another.

Indeed, this passage follows Jesus’ words about how we are not to judge another person. (Matthew 7:1-2)

By projecting our dark qualities upon another, we effectively judge them whilst judging ourselves.

Even worse, we carry out this process subconsciously, therefore we blind ourselves to our faults because have diverted them onto another.

This process of projection prevents us from coming to terms with ourselves, and from knowing ourselves.

This makes a division in the mind, in which we want to do one thing but carry out another.

“For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.”

Romans 7:19-20 (NIV)

By denying our need for healing in aspects of our lives, we prolong our suffering and the suffering of others.

As Jesus says in Matthew 7:5, we are incapable of helping others until we remove that which obstructs us from seeing the Truth.

Much Love, Many Blessings, Jesus is Lord.

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