Everything in the Second Covenant (New Testament) draws on the laws God gave in the First Covenant (Old Testament. so in order to understand what judging righteously is, we need to examine what God said when he gave Moses Torah (Divine Teachings)
God instructs us to never judge when there is only one witness. He clearly states:
15 “One witness alone shall not take the stand against a man in regard to any crime or any offense of which he may be guilty; a judicial fact shall be established only on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
Having Two or more witnesses is no guarantee of the truth, however. Often people slander and gossip and believe the lies of others and are all two often willing to testify that the lies and slander is true – either knowingly or unknowingly. The two or more witnesses does place more responsibility on the witnesses to tell what they believe to be true from their own observation.
Just because you have two or more witnesses does not mean you can conclude what the truth is. God also states you must hear the other side in order to judge righteously since you can be persuaded the witnesses are right – until you hear the other side. This is because the witnesses often do not have all the facts and explanations.
The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
Righteous judgment from the bible is what the american legal system is founded on. Everything in the First Covenant is God’s word and since God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow , He did not change His mind about it.
- Often there is another explanation to something that seems`clear cut – don’t rush to judge
- Do not judge until you have all the facts from both sides. Never accept the testimony of one witness against someone.