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  1. This is an intriguing and refreshing interpretation from a Christian. The common explanation of this parable never quite rang true with me. I was so confused by the taking of the talent by the master as a good thing. To me, it was always one of the worst aspects of life. It rang so true that when you have nothing, what you do have will be taken. And I always wondered why the one who would’ve been taking the most risk, given that he had less, was to be punished. Wouldn’t he be less likely to invest his one talent compared to the one who had 5? And the master admits to taking what is not his. Why is this master God or Jesus? I understand some congregations want to push a good work ethic, but not one that promotes usury and misrepresents the point of the story to do so. I truly enjoyed reading this and learned a lot. Thank you!

    • Thank you for commenting here Misty. There are many “common explanations” alongside the acceptance of usury that are not in the spirit of Christ. This is a part of the apostasy that Jesus talks about – worship of Democracy is another, violence falsely ascribed to a loving God (e.g OT misrepresentations plus eternal hell & damnation), failure to understand authority (that the Holy Spirit has the power to affect God’s will TODAY if we but let Him), the nature of money (where it is believed to be a commodity but it is in scripture and at heart simply a record of a half completed transaction), the huge conditionality that the Lord puts on virtually anything He does or asks for (whereas the gospel of grace pushes us into this ‘free mode’ where ungodliness and insincerity rules) . . . don’t get me started! Thanks again and spread the word.

  2. Just wanted to add with the Old Testament I believe that there were the Jubilees and a few other laws where every 7 and 49 years all debts were voided, probably as temporary measures leading up to the New Testament rule of no interest at all, therefore no need for the Jubilees, etc. I guess this might be getting theological though.

    I guess I have much to learn in order to apply the steps but I hope to progress to Jesus’ standard on this topic. I terminated my interest bearing retirement fund as a start.

    • A good move Jay. The Lord knows your heart. As with all error [sin] it’s not so much the error, but our willingness to pay the price and be obedient. Note though that you can now use your capital/savings for personal benefit. If you are creative, you will likely find opportunities to invest around you, where you can achieve good AND where your needs are met – which his what Jesus modelled. So often we see limitations of scripture when being obedient opens the door for blessing. This can be more time with the kids; more secure or productive employment; increased commercial opportunity or deeper relationships with those in our community. The sky is the limit! Go for it!!

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