Throughout my life, from loved ones to educators to simple acquaintances, I've constantly been in conversations where the other individual is assessing God's will. Such seems to be the most prevalent when it comes to judging someone else. As an example, just recently someone expressed that God has to teach another a Karmic lesson due to certain intimate circumstances.
Going through a strict protestant education, I've always felt the mental anguish of "who are you to decide God's will". It seems this sect believes they have a stronger connection to God as compared to every other creed, giving them the ability to consistently judge and look down upon those not of their creed. I didn't buy into that as a child, and I'm mean really, how is our puny human ego brain capable of understanding the infinite and beyond to the point where we can judge another's story. It's Wayne Dyers, "how people treat you is their karma, how you react is yours". (summation).
These conversations seem to stem from the whole "karma" or "judgment day" ideologies, one where there appears to be a guiding hand that's not afraid to put the smack-down. Currently, I'm attempting to assess the truth of such philosophies, now believing that they are "malleable" concepts that need to be shifted for the modern world. For me, for God to be unconditional love, then God cannot condemn as described in our ideologies.
As better expressed in prior posts, Karma is basically "limiting thought forms/beliefs". Judgment Day is better defined as assessing a situation. When assessing the merits, the polarity of a circumstances, we seek the truth, a "revelation" if you will, akin to our adversarial judiciary system. However, karma and judgment day are not punishment as expressed in our penal system, but modes of acquiring truth, the great "revelation". Sure, you can wait till your metaphorical "end of days" to finally assess your life, or you can do it in the present by invigorating your own logic to seek wisdom regarding one's present circumstances.
Though such task is rather difficult, particularly in a world obsessed with remedy, penalty, and overall pointing the finger outward as opposed to inner exploration, to point the finger at oneself can spiral one into depressions. We judge others harshly to the point where we fear that finger of shame pointed at self. Just take a look at modern politics, with the top two opponents pointing the finger at each other whenever their own record is brought up for display. As an example, Trump's employment record regarding discrimination against veterans was recently pushed forward, where Trump's response was to blame Hillary for not supporting the troops more. Hillary has similarly done vice-versa. A distraction and "poison the well" type of argument, it nonetheless seems to work on the masses. Though we can blame our leaders, we as "just little individuals" continually do the same. Hence, our inner world is reflected in the external circumstances, in the bigger picture.
It seems the ancients believed the universe to be a "relative" reflection of the individual. Hence, Tibetan Buddhists have to learn to love every aspect of the Universe, as the Universe is a mirror, a reflection, of the self. Therefore, to unconditionally love the Universe, is to unconditionally love the self. Getting there is the "purgatory" where we constantly either ignore our karmic/judgment thought system until it blows up, or we be our own "judge" and seek Truth/Wisdom from assessment of our circumstances. That seems to be the case in doing this type of "judgment" practice, where I've constantly dug within my subconscious to find more dirt that seems to be holding me back from my heaven. Often times, what I find is emotionally addictive leaving me in a depressive complex until higher consciousness/thinking pulls me from my shadow. Well, simply put, it's just much easier to point the figure then to walk through hell.
To sum it up, I think our masters taught to assess "oneself" instead of pointing the finger that is more so prevalent in our society. It's the whole "let ye who is without sin cast the first stone" teaching, which is most likely the most ignored teaching. Sure, I can banter and play the role of judge, that's the way we've been raised to think. But, I'm finding that self-exploration, particularly when a trigger arises, is the real spiritual work in helping shine light into my shadow. On a larger scale, I'm finding that this practice may be better suited for the world, where we have sought to destroy in the name of divinity as opposed to strengthen one's own search. Again, we tend to point the figure outward more, as opposed to walking through one's own "valley of the shadow of death". We would much rather prove our adversary wrong, as opposed to discover our own truth.
Overly educated and continuously exploring and revealing more behind the veil.
"It cannot be too highly emphasized that the mystic swims in the same waters in which the psychotic drowns."
-James Wasserman, The Mystery Traditions