reply to post by traditionaldrummer
While people were listening to Jesus speak, He proceeded to tell a parable because He was near Jerusalem and they thought that the kingdom of God
would appear there immediately. So He said, “A nobleman went off to a distant country to obtain the kingship for himself and then to return. He
called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins and told them, ‘Engage in trade with these until I return.’ His fellow citizens, however,
despised him and sent a delegation after him to announce, ‘We do not want this man to be our king.’ But when he returned after obtaining the
kingship, he had the servants called, to whom he had given the money, to learn what they had gained by trading. The first came forward and said,
‘Sir, your gold coin has earned ten additional ones.’ He replied, ‘Well done, good servant! You have been faithful in this very small matter;
take charge of ten cities.’... Then the other servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your gold coin; I kept it stored away in a handkerchief, for I
was afraid of you, because you are a demanding person; you take up what you did not lay down and you harvest what you did not plant.’ He said to
him, ‘With your own words I shall condemn you, you wicked servant. You knew I was a demanding person, taking up what I did not lay down and
harvesting what I did not plant; why did you not put my money in a bank? Then on my return I would have collected it with interest.’ And to those
standing by he said, ‘Take the gold coin from him and give it to the servant who has ten.’ But they said to him, ‘Sir, he has ten gold coins.’
‘I tell you, to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.’”...After He had said
this, He proceeded on His journey up to Jerusalem.
He said to the apostles, "When you travel, don't take a walking stick. Also, don't carry a bag, food, or money. Take for your trip only the clothes
you are wearing. When you go into a house, stay there until it is time to leave. If the people in the town will not welcome you, go outside the town
and shake their dust off of your feet. This will be a warning to them."
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.
Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let
me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will
see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
The bible makes it clear that God has invested much in believers and we are to go out and collect interest. So the bible instructs us to teach the
word to whoever will listen. The bible also tells us to dust off are feet and walk away from those who do not welcome our message. We are also told
not to pass judgment on others. So I believe the attempt to teach someone the word is our moral obligation. Most Christians fail at part 2 and 3 of