Perhaps the most notable lines from the King James Version of the Holy Bible are as follows…
“Judge not, that ye be not judged.
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”
-Matthew 7:1-3 KJV
… for these lines hold in them the most humbling lifelong practice: the refrain from judgement of any kind, lest s/he who judges shall be so judged. It is perhaps the only Bible verse that even the most devout fail to recognize; one would not have to look far to find some religious hate-speech against or shaming of those who lack a Christian faith.
I have far too many times been proclaimed a bigot for presenting multiple opposing views to those who believe in the narrow path that is holy righteousness. I have witnessed those whose narrow-minded belief cause the denial of anything but what has been written by another mortal man thousands of years ago. I have encountered those who refuse to accept any fraction of evidence of evolution, world creation, and even gravity.
I cannot understand why such beaten people hold on to their beliefs even when those around them have let go. I cannot understand how those who obsess in the Bible refrain from obeying the lines of Matthew 7:1-3. I cannot understand why they would judge only to be offended when they are judged in turn. I cannot understand why human nature wills those who hold opposing beliefs to clash so vehemently. It is as if our minds and bodies have developed instinctual habits of opposition through disagreement.
It is utterly primitive.