(Original post by shinytoy)
that is a poor example. a better one would be, there are two boys, one of whom is good. one boy does not kill anyone by stands by and watches while his friends kill many innocent people whilst chanting 'it is wrong to judge' and 'thank the Lord I am not like these sinners!'.
the other boy sees his friends killing innocent peoople. he was told by his mother not to kill. he wants to indulge in the murder and war that his friends are doing because it looks fun, but he trusts in his mother (or Father's) words therefore he knows it is wrong to kill and tries to stop others from killing, even though he secretly would like to kill too.
which boy is good now?
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.Proverbs 1:7
Yes I am in France now.
For abortion, problem is most people are no more Christian. If it's friend asking your advice, you can help them and I think no sane person would advice someone to get an abortion. I hope more abortion are done for medical reason (pregnancy may put the mother life in danger etc.), in this case it must be hard to discern right from wrong, if my wife was facing this problem I don't know how I would react. Young age pregnancy is I hope not that common, better good will be done by teaching the kids rather than forbidding abortion, because if they are not educated properly they will still behave the way they do and you won't have solve the root of the problem. Also at the end of the day I think it's wrong to enforce your belief on people who don't share them, Christian already don't perform abortion.
10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
There is no good out of judging others. You can advice people, show them their wrong-doing, but it is not for you to judge. There is enough to keep yourself acting rightfully, that you feel the need to look after other sins.
About the fear of God, I admit it's a notion I don't understand. If it's the fear to disappoint Him, not be worthy of Him, that I understand, but it's fear he harms you that I don't. Disobedience will bring you pain and sorrow, not because God punish you, but I think because you turned away from him.