The violent ending v. Similarly, the parable of the weeds and the wheat may depict the undoing of an exploitive landowner. The parable does not say whether his plan to let the weeds grow alongside the wheat worked. From the point of view of the slaves, the landowner may be an absentee farmer with little farming knowledge, who makes an unwise decision not to pull out the weeds, perhaps thinking his benefit will be all the greater when he can use them for fuel v.
For the unwise landowner, the parable presents a warning not to underestimate the threat of evil and highlights the necessity of taking appropriate action at the propitious moment. A difficulty with this interpretation of the parable of the weeds and the wheat is that the allegorical explanation in vv. Furthermore, while this line of interpretation may be possible for these two parables, it does not seem possible for the other six we are examining.
The parable of the unforgiving debtor, for example, explicitly equates the king who hands the slave over to the torturers with the heavenly father Another possible explanation is that the kind of nonviolent confrontation of evil that Jesus advocated in the Sermon on the Mount is not applicable to the kind of situation envisioned in these parables.
All of them can be understood as portraying an end-time setting with a reckoning that is final. Clearly this is so for the parable of the final judgment The parable of the weeds and the wheat and that of the net specifically speak about the end of the age , That of the treacherous tenants is set at harvest time , a frequent eschatological image Matt , 39; , The parable of the great banquet evokes the eschatological banquet Isa to which people come from all directions Matt It also speaks of readiness , an end-time virtue.
In the parable of the faithful servants the arrival of the master after a delay and the unexpectedness of his coming likewise carry eschatological overtones, as does the journeying and delay of the entrepreneur in the parable of the talents.
The settling of accounts by the king and the eternity of the punishment v. It may be that for Matthew, the teaching about nonviolent confrontation of evil and evildoers is not pertinent to scenes of end-time judgment. The teaching in the Sermon on the Mount applies to what disciples do to confront evil in such a way as to convert the perpetrator of evil and to safeguard against becoming an evildoer oneself by imitating the violence of the oppressor.
The violent endings in the parables are speaking about a different situation entirely. They depict what happens when the time for conversion is past and the moment of final reckoning has arrived. They portray the dire consequences of not becoming a disciple or not "bearing fruit" at the proper time Not so for evildoers. One difficulty with this line of interpretation is that disciples can be tempted to apply this end-time dichotomizing of evildoers and righteous ones in the present.
Disciples can all too easily hear an assurance that they belong to the saved while others who they perceive as evildoers are condemned. Making rigid demarcations between good and evil in the present time does not allow them to face the mix of righteousness and wickedness within each person and each community in the present.
The final separation of good and evil, however, does not take place until the end time. One further problem that remains is that the God of eschatological judgment is still cast in these parables as one who punishes violently those who reject the divine offer of love. There is still a tension between these parabolic endings and the divine image presented in Matt and with that of the resurrected Jesus following his execution. In the resurrection appearances he says not a word about those who perpetrated the violence or the punishment they will meet, but only encourages his disciples not to be afraid , assures them of his presence with them, and sends them out to proclaim the gospel to all In the human arena, how we resolve this issue is crucial.
If God punishes evildoers violently, then humans in positions of power may read the gospel as giving divine approbation to their meting out violent punishment, and even execution, to those judged as evildoers. One other explanation for the final violent consequences suffered by evildoers is not that God actively metes out this punishment, but that those who refuse to imitate the gratuitous, unearned, love of God choose instead to fuel the cycles of violence, thus by their choice, become a victim to this violence themselves.
Disciples of Jesus, like the forgiven slave in the parable, owe everything to God. The debt is beyond what can ever be paid, and it has all been eliminated by Jesus. Though the king in the parable may act this way for self-aggrandizement, God does it for the well-being of all creation.
A different kind of power is at work in Jesus and his disciples: instead of gaining honor through avenging wrongs with violence and vengeance, Jesus shows the way of power through vulnerability. Potency is evident in willingness to forego vengeance and to engage in the hard work of reconciliation. Such depends on a transformation of heart that impels one to begin from a stance of willingness to forgive when wronged. Already a subscriber? Monitor journalism changes lives because we open that too-small box that most people think they live in.
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Skip to main content Skip to main menu Skip to search Skip to footer. Search for:. Monitor Daily Current Issue. A Christian Science Perspective. Monitor Movie Guide. Monitor Daily. Photos of the Week. Subscribe to continue. Mark Sappenfield. The body of year-old mother-of-two Joan Harrison, was discovered in an unused garage in Preston in Though it was initially thought that she was another victim of notorious British serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, aka the Yorkshire Ripper, he was later ruled out and the case went cold.
However, after the death of year-old Leeds resident Christopher Smith, from cancer in , the case was finally brought some closure. Smith had written a three-page note the day before he died stating that he had killed Joan. He wrote: "Two how sic ever it concerns I would like to put the record straight. I can't go on with the guilt.
Please believe me when I say I am sorry. Please God help my family who I worship. I have been out of trouble for over 20 years so please Gold help me. The final confirmation of his guilt came in , when advances in DNA testing meant that police were able to match the DNA taken from the crime scene with Smith's, who had rather fortuitously given a swab after being arrested for drinking and driving six days before his death.
The death of founding member of the Rolling Stones Brian Jones, was a huge shock to friends and fans. The year-old rock star was found dead in a swimming pool on the 3rd of July, Though police ruled his death an accident, many have long believed he was actually murdered. A deathbed confession from seems to lend some credence to this theory.
According to writer Terry Rawlings, Jones' building contractor, Frank Thorogood, admitted killing Jones in his last days. Further investigative work by journalist Scott Jones, revealed Janet Lawson's who discovered Jones' body in the pool memories of that fateful night.
She is quoted as saying: "Frank came in in a lather. His hands were shaking. He was in a terrible state. I thought the worst almost straight away and went to the pool to check. When I saw Brian on the bottom of the pool and was calling for help, Frank initially did nothing. The fatal shooting of two young women at an ice cream parlor in Staunton in , sent shockwaves through the local community — and the mystery of who killed year-old Constance Smootz Hevener and her year-old sister-in-law Carolyn Hevener Perry.
It wouldn't be until four decades later that the mystery was finally solved. On November 28th, , two months before her death, year-old Sharron Diane Crawford Smith admitted to police that she was responsible for the murders. Diane, who had worked at the store alongside the victims at the time, said that she had been "just pushed so far" by the pair, who she claimed teased her about her being gay. Alongside her confession, she also made the rather startling claim that she had given the murder weapon to David Bocock, a local police detective she was friendly with.
What you've said is also false because the Koran is FULL of directly violent teachings, literal not figurative, not in any special context etc. December 10, Satan's Same Old Tactics. We've seen it before, but this time Satan's associates have taken it to a new level and produced a viral video that has garnered over 4 million views since it was released last weekend! Therefore, that deserves a response. It is easy to see the dispute and friction that the filmmakers were seeking to cause.
This made us wonder — what about Christianity, a religion that has influenced our culture greatly? Julie Thauer December 17, at AM.
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