When we are young and inexperienced we think that others are like us - more or less good, mostly honest, rational, law-abiding, and humane.
But as we grow older we begin to realize that people can be quite different.
Some people are corrupt, deceitful, irrational, malicious, criminal, even deliberately evil.
People can believe the most astonishing things.
Even reversing what we might think self-evident.
The world contains a full spectrum of views and attitudes.
Much like a Shakespearean drama.
Unfortunately the negative attitudes tend to dominate the positive attitudes.
This is mainly because their fear is greater.
Fear is their motivation.
It makes them aggressive, domineering, even violent.
Despite the fact that they might be religious they have little faith in the benevolence of God.
So, rather than battling against them, we should pray for them to overcome their fears and have more faith in God.
Our first reaction is to judge them - to label them bad, corrupt, or evil.
But no good man is entirely good and no bad man is entirely bad.
People are the product of their experiences.
Even genetic factors can affect their make-up.
So we are wrong to judge them.
They are human beings like us.
And, as we need forgiveness, so we should forgive others.
God judges no one.
He forgives to the very last.
All are His children.
So we should not judge either.
And be children of our Father.