Metaphysical meaning of judgment (mbd)
Meta. The description of the Last Judgment, as given in the Gospels, has been used to terrify men and women and thus compel them to unite with the church; but in this day of enlightenment people are not so easily led or driven by fear. They ask for understanding. When they seek light concerning the judgment it is given, and they learn that the judgment is all a matter of divine law. They find that for every departure from this law they must suffer, not in some future time of great tribulation, not in a great judgment after death, but in this life--here and now
What is the divine law? It is the universal something in us of which we all are conscious, that tells us when we are doing right and when we are doing wrong. It may be defined as the innate knowing of right and wrong, and this knowing may be quickened, cultivated. This quickening does not come by the study of material things, but by concentrating the mind on the Christ.
This brings us to the realization of what Jesus meant when He said, "The Son of man shall come in his glory . . . and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left." The Son of man is the divine power in man. It is that in us which knows. The Son of man is not far away, and His "angels" are with Him. Angels are true concepts of the Absolute. Every man has within himself the sheep and the goats. The goats are thoughts of opposition, resistance, stubbornness. All of these must be separated from the true when the Son of man comes into the individual consciousness of the glory of the Father. The real man is the spiritual man, the I AM, and when it comes into dominion in any person a great judgment work, a great day of sifting and separation, goes on in the mind and the body and the outer world of that person.
The natural man is in a constant whirlpool of "yes" and "no." This is not dominion, and it is not true of the real man. He discerns the real from the unreal, the true from the false, and by his word of authority separates the sheep from the goats. The sheep are the meek, obedient, kind, tender, true, helpful thoughts. They are intelligent. In Oriental countries, where sheep are cared for by shepherds who love them, they show a remarkable intelligence. The "Lamb . . . that taketh away the sin of the world" is loving, intelligent obedience to the divine law.
Sin is always followed by suffering, the "hell of fire," unless you know the law and identify yourself with the Christ and His righteousness, and thus separate yourself from sin. If you get angry your blood will "boil"; your anger will cook the corpuscles. So with every departure from the law of love, a condition comes that men have named disease. But there is no reality in the diseases that are described in the medical books, and no remedy can be found for them in the realm of materiality. They are all the outpicturing of error thoughts, and the only real healing power is in the Christ mind, where true ideas rule.
So the overcomer, the individual who consciously is in the overcoming process, knows that to him every day is a judgment day. Every day the act of separating the good and constructive thoughts (sheep) from the destructive ones (goats) is taking place in him; and the error states of consciousness, error thoughts (goats), are cast into the refiner's fire for purification, where they are refined, purified, and transmuted into helpful, upbuilding forces. (See Mal. 3:1-3 and Matt. 3:11, 12.)