Judgment is symbolic because beyond perception there is no judgment. When the Bible says “Judge not that ye be not judged,” it means that if you judge the reality of others you will be unable to avoid judging your own. T-3.VI.1:3-4
The choice to judge rather than to know is the cause of the loss of peace. T-3.VI.2:1
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Judgment is based on perception. In the world of Spirit there is no perception, only knowledge. In Alcoholics Anonymous members are told not to take other people’s inventory. They should focus instead on God’s unconditional love which is theirs to realize.
In Unitarian Universalism, members covenant together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. This affirmation and promotion is based on knowledge not on perception which involves judgment. The awareness of inherent worth and dignity is based on knowledge, not perception. It is the foundational block of the UU faith.
Today, it is suggested that we give up perception based on judgment and rest in the knowledge of God’s unconditional love which provides great peace and joy.