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Judgment Day – January 17, 2023

Judgment Day takes place on January 17 every year. Even though it sounds serious, it is a fun holiday that reminds us that we are our own best judges and we don’t have to wait until death to realize our rights and wrongs. All you have to do on Judgment Day is simply take a glance in the mirror and be your own judge. The day is often summed up in a single quote: “Now you don’t have to die to see how you measure up to your deity’s standards. Just look in the mirror, wait for the answer, and go out and give it another shot.” Judgment Day reminds us to be kind and do good even when no one is watching.

History of Judgment Day

Judgment Day, or the Last Judgment, is the judgment of people by God. Religions such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam believe in the idea of Judgement Day. Christians believe that those who are saved will go to heaven, while those who are damned will go to hell. Similarly, for Muslims, the Day of Judgment is one of the five fundamental beliefs — where the blessed will go to Heaven and the sinful will go to Hell. On the last day of their mortal lives, everyone will be judged by their deeds which will decide if they belong to heaven or hell.

According to the Bible, what will happen on Judgment Day was determined around 2,000 years back. God forgives our sins and allows us to repent for our misdeeds.

The apostle John saw a vision of Judgment Day, and he described it as, “I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” Therefore, according to John’s vision, Judgment Day will be presided over by God himself and someone whom he trusts. According to the Bible, Jesus will be God’s appointed Judge on Judgment Day.

Judgment Day timeline

2200 B.C.
The First Law Code

Ur-Nammu, an ancient Sumerian ruler, formulates the first extant law code.

400 B.C.
The Arthashastra

An influential treatise and authoritative legal guidance in India.

1800 to 1900 A.D.
The Modern European Laws

The French Napoleonic Code and the German Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch become the most influential European laws.

1917
The Code of Canon Law

This is the first official comprehensive codification of Latin canon law.

Judgment Day FAQs

Is Judgment Day a holiday?

Judgment Day is a tongue-in-cheek holiday that seems to imply you are your own god and you don’t have to wait until death for judgment. It guides you to just look in the mirror and be your own judge.

What is the Last Judgment in Christianity?

The Last Judgment, Final Judgment, Judgment Day, or Day of the Lord in Christian theology, is the final and eternal judgment by God of all nations.

What is the purpose of Judgments?

In law, a judgment is a decision of a court regarding the rights and liabilities of parties in a legal action or proceeding.

Judgment Day Activities

  1. Look in the mirror

    Remember we are our own best judges. Look in the mirror and judge yourself for who you are on Judgment Day.

  2. Forgive yourself

    If you feel guilty about something you have done and are unable to move past it, try to forgive yourself on Judgement Day. This day is also about learning from your mistakes.

  3. Watch your favorite law movies

    There are so many great movies about courts, the law, and judges. Pick your favorite from the genre and enjoy a movie night with your friends.

5 Interesting Facts About Laws From Around The World

  1. Chewing gum is illegal in Singapore

    Anyone importing, selling, or making gum in Singapore can get fined and/or receive jail time.

  2. Men must wear Speedos at French beaches

    French law does not allow men to wear loose-fitting swim trunks at the beach.

  3. Camouflage attire is banned in the Carribean

    Only the country’s country's military personnel is allowed to wear Camouflage.

  4. No water pistols at New Year’s festivities

    The ban was put into place in Cambodia to prevent "traffic accidents" and "public disorder."

  5. You must walk your dog daily

    Rome's strict laws against animal cruelty include walking your dog daily.

Why We Love Judgment Day

  1. A day to learn

    Judgment Day urges us to learn from our mistakes and carry the lesson forward. Reflect on your missteps and see what it has taught you about life.

  2. A reminder to be good

    Judgment Day also reminds us to be kind and good even when no one’s watching. It makes us better, happier people.

  3. Teaches us self-restraint

    The ability to be our own judge teaches us to refrain from doing anything that will bring harm to others. The day aims to encourage peaceful co-existence.

Judgment Day dates

YearDateDay
2023January 17Tuesday
2024January 17Wednesday
2025January 17Friday
2026January 17Saturday
2027January 17Sunday

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