To condemn is to convict, to pronounce an adverse judgment on, to express strong disapproval of, censure, blame; to doom to punishment in the world to come, to damn; to pronounce incurable, to give up.Oxford English Dictionary
  Condemnation is the action of pronouncing adverse judgement on, judicial conviction, expression of disapprobation or strong censure.Oxford English Dictionary

“Never condemn yourself.”–Edna Lister

  Condemnation is judging and damning another, and instantly renders you liable for judgment yourself. Unrighteous judgment creates condemnation. Condemnation as excessive criticism is a terrific soul taint that often includes misuse of the spoken Word.

Edna Lister on Condemnation

When you judge and criticize others, you are condemning yourself.–Edna Lister, Sermon on the Mount, February 1, 1933.

Do not condemn yourself.–Edna Lister, June 21, 1939.

Condemn no one, especially the world’s inexperienced children.–Edna Lister, November 6, 1940.

If you condemn yourself and others, you are looking at darkness, considering it, loving it and contemplating it in yourself and others.–Edna Lister, February 13, 1941.

When you condemn yourself as not perfect, you cut off the flow of Light as Power.–Edna Lister, January 26, 1942.

Condemning and criticizing quickly destroy a vibration.–Edna Lister, April 23, 1942.

Consider carefully before you condemn or critically judge another. Each brings something useful into the whole.–Edna Lister, May 14, 1942.

Waste no time in vain self-condemnation. Grieve just enough to reach the Mercy Seat in repentance.–Edna Lister, August 19, 1942.

As long as you practice self-blame or self-condemnation, you do not really know law.–Edna Lister, November 2, 1944.

Indifference, lukewarmness and selfishness fail to complete a job or leave it to another to finish, causing him to waste time, blame, be irritated or condemn. He who left it undone must pay the debt.–Edna Lister, June 23, 1945.

Self-condemnation is a form of self-pity.–Edna Lister, June 23, 1945.

Judging the little self is not self-condemnation, but justice.–Edna Lister, July 10, 1945.

You must account for self-condemnation instead of proper repentance, lifting, and surrender in each day’s final judgment.–Edna Lister, July 17, 1945.

Those things you criticize and condemn in others, you must work out in yourself.–Edna Lister, Jesus’ Prayer of the Ages, April 27, 1947.

When you condemn self, you only push away your Oversoul. Light is withdrawn when you sit in self-condemnation.–Edna Lister, December 13, 1947.

You exalt the one you condemn.–Edna Lister, April 19, 1948.

By your idle words are you judged and condemned.–Edna Lister, November 8, 1950.

You may not criticize or condemn yourself or others. Condemnation and hatred can invest so much soul substance that very little remains; the doers of darkness use what you send out in hate.
  Condemning yourself is illegal. True repentance is the cure.–Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.

Condemnation and criticism demote you to the creature stage.–Edna Lister, The Magic in the Sky, October 5, 1952.

When you are critical and condemning, you are living by the world plan in darkness rather than by a consciously directed design for ascension.–Edna Lister, A Design for Living, November 16, 1952.

When you misuse law, you breed self-pity and self-condemnation.–Edna Lister, Seven Churches, November 25, 1952.

Lift all self-condemnation. A high point of balance exists above and between self-condemnation and self-exaltation.–Edna Lister, February 20, 1954.

Blame, criticism and condemnation are curses that go forth to create after their own kind. You do not have to like the ugly things people do, but you may not condemn or blame them.–Edna Lister, The Golden Silence, June 18, 1954.

Law does not ask you to like what is unlike God, but you must not condemn it.–Edna Lister, The Golden Silence, June 18, 1954.

When you condemn another, you take his sin on yourself.–Edna Lister, The Walls of Jericho, June 5, 1955.

No one ever uses self-condemnation unless he has thought himself better than the average and too good to do anything wrong.–Edna Lister, October 15, 1956.

Separation is a combination of criticism, condemnation and selfish demands.–Edna Lister, November 17, 1957.

You hold another down with subconscious condemnation when you listen to his emotional cares or complaints, then dramatize it in the retelling, even for lifting.–Edna Lister, November 21, 1957.

God does not blame, judge or condemn, but praises the ascending soul.–Edna Lister, November 21, 1957.

When criticized, lift and examine yourself to see if you have criticized to justify some resentment, grief, doubt or fear. Criticism and condemnation flow as a stream from you to another; like a dart plunging into his solar plexus, it turns day to night.–Edna Lister, February 6, 1958.

Self-condemnation is twice as dark as condemnation of others since it turns off the Power to your creations and those you are helping, leaving them to flounder.–Edna Lister, March 7, 1958.

Criticism and condemnation are the greatest corrupting factors in rationalization, which focuses on pride, self-pity and imagines enemies to blame, criticize and condemn.–Edna Lister, As I See God, June 1, 1958.

Pride results in unrighteous judgment and condemnation.–Edna Lister, October 30, 1958.

Self-condemnation causes constant regret.–Edna Lister, March 17, 1958.

All illness is caused by inner conflict, mainly opinions, prejudices, doubts, fears, criticism and condemnation of self, most of all. Self-criticism and self-condemnation burn a hole in your aura.–Edna Lister, August 3, 1961.

Jesus was silent when he was condemned, so the first law of initiation is silence under blame, offering no self-excuses or self-justification.–Edna Lister, Fourteen Stations of the Cross, April 17, 1962.

One who has become law is incapable of sitting in judgment of another under any condition. Condemnation, criticism and blame are sitting in judgment.–Edna Lister, What Is the End? May 29, 1962.

Never blame, criticize, judge or condemn self or another.–Edna Lister, August 2, 1965.

Everything you see as wrong, criticize, resent or condemn, you bind in heaven.–Edna Lister, Rainbows Have No Ends, June 12, 1966.

When you condemn and curse those doing evil in the world, you only darken yourself. Recognize evil, then immediately release the Light without condemning. Then and only then can God use you.–Edna Lister, Beauty, a Spiritual Way of Life, May 9, 1967.

You unwisely invest your soul substance to form the mold when you condemn another.–Edna Lister, March 16, 1968.

You can drag a person from his Ascension Path by condemning him. God will hold you liable.–Edna Lister, March 16, 1968.

Don’t take on others’ debts by judging or condemning.–Edna Lister, November 24, 1970.

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Treatment for Condemnation

Wherever you have criticized or condemned, you have invested your soul substance in others, which becomes an anchor holding you to earth. You must exorcize yourself impersonally, saying, Let all unwisely invested soul substance of this, Thy servant, be lifted from these Thy children. Let it be ascended to high altars of fire for cleansing and purification. Let it be returned to Thy servant for investment in Thy perfect works.–Edna Lister, July 2, 1956.

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New Testament on Condemnation

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.–Matthew 5:7

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.–Matthew 5:11

By thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.–Matthew 12:37

Condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned.–Luke 6:37

Thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; but glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God.–Romans 2:1-11

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He that justifies the wicked, and he that condemns the just, they both are abomination to the Lord.–Proverbs 17:15

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Condemnation in Other Sacred Writings

Blessed is he whose conscience has not condemned him, and who is not fallen from his hope in the Lord.–Wisdom of Ben Sirach 14:2

Cease loving the flesh and being afraid of sufferings; you have yet to be abused and accused unjustly, to be shut up in prison, condemned unlawfully, crucified without reason, and buried by the evil one.–The Apocryphon of James, Codex I, 2

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Edna Miriam Lister
The original Pioneering Mystic,
Christian Platonist philosopher, American Idealist, Founder, Society of the Universal Living Christ, minister, teacher, author, wife, and mother.

Edna Lister

Etymology of condemn: Latin condemnare: com- with + damnare, to sentence, from damnum, penalty.

Condemnation is a soul taint.

Condemnation is a sin.


Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary, 2024.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

The Nag Hammadi Library. James M. Robinson, ed. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1988.

The Oxford English Dictionary: Compact Ed., 2 vols. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

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