An ethical challenge for all, but particularly to the Christian. The theological premise is that Jesus came for judgment; as in taking it away. See whether or not that view explains for you in a new way why Christ treated others the way he did.
When there is a choice to make in life, ask yourself one thing. “How can I create the most meaningful experience possible for myself and others?”
So, if you’re pissed off at your boss and normally you’d want to justify feeling as you do, for instance, ask whether or not feeling that way gives you to most meaningful experience in life possible, rather than whether or not you have some right to feel pissed off.
If you’re wondering about what career path to go down, the same applies. In one circumstance versus another, which provides the most meaning?
Of course these fit the practicalities of life too, given that meaning to a starving person is going to be as immediate as it would to a rich person — who will merely have a more inclusive range of opportunities to consider. But what one ought to do remains the same as you cannot divorce meaning from necessity, nor obligation, nor responsibility and so on. However, this change of perspective divorces, or frees, one from likening facts and conditions from being “right” to “being” itself, in which we can all agree objectively that given facts and given circumstances, there is indeed a “best way to be” with them bearing down.
So, how do you find life different when approaching it with the sole aim of maximizing the meaning of experiences? Does justification of any sort meet that objective?
A basic theological analogy for these two views would be Jesus healing someone and sending them on their way with the final word being “Go and sin no more”. Either he has judged, remedied, and sin is the problem, or he has not judged, given insight to a way of being in the world and then advised, “Don’t keep yourself from this.”
It seems to me Jesus didn’t judge but illuminated a way of being, and said “That’s what matters”. Of course too, maximizing experience on that count is though looking to do what love requires. Love though, is not an obligation nor are actions judged through or by love, but love as the standard, which is selfless intent. It is because of love, one looks for maximizing the human experience in each moment we live.
In other words, your experience of life is directly proportional to how big or small your love is, and meaning in it is tied to it all, not judgment.
Just a thought.