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Ed Hughes

I am afraid the grand religious education I received by the Catholic home has been mostly forgotten, maybe with the exception of the highlights. I seem to remember anything about money as being bad, whether it was the money changers at the temple, the 30 pieces of silver for Judas, or simply tithing which is demanded in some religions and not condoned in others. That brings up another point; the moneychangers of today for the biggest part are liars, cheats and many other unspeakable things I will not mention here. But they are still in charge of most peoples 10 talents which have been reduced to about 6 talents by their, and others folly’s. How then is this multitude of people whose talents have been reduced judged?

Respectfully,
WMM

tom sheepandgoats

A friend of mine (Native American Mohawk no less) told his overly-cheery financial adviser "Look, I know the score. I was born in a depression. I'm going to die in a depression."

I hope he's wrong. (I think he's wrong) But there are a lot of plans that have been scuttled by recent events and a lot of shock endured.

Bill in Detroit

Ed ... the money is symbolic. If you ever had 10 talents, you still do. The question then becomes "how have you invested them (in God's behalf)?

Bear in mind the end for the slave with only one talent who did nothing with it.

Have you followed Jesus' instructions at Matthew 24:18,19?

If not, stop by a local Kingdom Hall. That's what they do best.

Victrix

John was also known in the Bible as the "the diciple whom Jesus used to love" (footnote or prefer).

John above all the other gospels really shows that he had a keen grasp and understanding of how important love is to Jehovah and Jesus. For example see John 13:35.

John is the only one that details Jesus' prayers at such length.

John loved, he was unhypocritical and thus Jehovah was able to use him to write what he did there in 1 John about love, God being love.

John above all the other gospel writers seemed to have a greater appreciation for this (not that the others didn't, but his keen awareness of this was greater than that of the others) no wonder Jesus considered him as special.

Maybe his words were simple, but they got to the heart of matters. Pun intended.

Tom Sheepandgoats

Vitrix...

I took this course long before I became a Witness and at the time I didn't know John from a bail of hay. But I've often thought back about that professor. He wasn't mean, nor was he outwardly haughty, but implicit in calling someone else an idiot is the understanding that the author must regard himself as measurably more intelligent. That probably says it all. It's hard to imagine he had the same appreciation of John's spiritual qualities as you laid out.

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