General judgment


General judgment

General judgment is the Christian theological concept of a judgment of the souls of the dead by nation and as a whole. It is related closely to Judgment day but is not necessarily part of any eschatology. It is generally contrasted with particular judgment.

The position is hinted several places in the Old Testament and fewer places in the New, although the Catholic Encyclopedia says "Few truths are more often or more clearly proclaimed in Scripture than that of the general judgment". [CathEncy|wstitle=General Judgment] When the individual dies, general judgment holds that the person's final dispensation will await the general judgment of the dead at the end of the world, rather than be judged immediately. Additionally, "general judgment" may refer not only to the judging of each person, but also to the judgment of nations and peoples.

The concept of Last Judgment is similar but unique. Various Last Judgment scenarios represent different forms of a general judgment, such as a global last judgment or a national last judgment. It is more concerned with the depictions and descriptions of particular versions.

References

See also

* Last judgment
* Particular judgment
* Pre-advent judgment


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • General Judgment — • To it the prophets of the Old Testament refer when they speak of the Day of the Lord (Joel 2:31; Ezekiel 13:5; Isaiah 2:12), in which the nations will be summoned to judgment. In the New Testament the second Parusia, or coming of Christ as… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • general judgment — A judgment in personam. Smith v Colloty, 69 NJL 365, 55 A 805. See judgment in personam …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • general judgment —  Всеобщий суд …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • General Judgment (Last Judgment) —     General Judgment     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► General Judgment     (Judicium Universale, Last Judgment).     I. EXISTENCE OF THE GENERAL JUDGMENT     1. Few truths are more often or more clearly proclaimed in Scripture than that of the… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Judgment (disambiguation) — A judgment is a balanced weighing up of evidence to form a decision or opinion.Judgment or judgement may also refer to:* A legal judgment, a formal decision made by a court following a lawsuit. * A value judgment, a determination of something s… …   Wikipedia

  • Judgment Day — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. doomsday, day of reckoning, atonement, or judgment; last trumpet. See destiny. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. doomsday, day of judgment, day of the Apocalypse, end of the world, last day, day of reckoning,… …   English dictionary for students

  • General Association of Baptists — Part of a series on Baptists …   Wikipedia

  • General Councils —     General Councils     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► General Councils     This subject will be treated under the following heads:     ♦ Definition     ♦ Classification     ♦ Historical Sketch     ♦ The Pope and General Councils     ♦ Composition of …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Judgment at Nuremberg — film poster Directed by Stanley Kramer Produ …   Wikipedia

  • judgment creditor — see creditor Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. judgment creditor …   Law dictionary