I have a different take on that. Jesus just got through tearing into the religious leadership for, among other things, taking advantage of widows, to the point of seizing their houses. Widows, and orphans, were the most vulnerable people in society at that time, and Jesus made a point of saying that we needed to look out for them and help them.
He then mentioned the widow and her two last copper coins. Unlike other situations, he didn't praise her faith or anything of the sort, he just made a factual statement that she relatively gave far more than the rich.
To me, he was pointedly commenting and condemning a system where the poorest of the poor were made to feel obligated to give everything they had, while the rich still coasted.
you are definitely looking at the parable in the right light
here, as it was meant ......my husband isn't......he's never cracked a Bible open...of course this is the message ...which also goes along with these scriptures too.....
2 Corinthians 8: 14:And here is my advice about what is best for you in this matter: Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have. Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality,”
I have a tough time spiritually. I find huge Truth in the words of Jesus, but there's so much I can't bring myself to buy into.
I can't wrap my head around God's requirement (and I'm tempted to put it into quotes) that blood be shed for our sins, when God could have, had He chose to do so, prevented sin from ever entering into the world in the first place.
I don't believe in the Original Sin doctrine either...neither did Pelagius in a raging Church debate against St Augustine.... I'd say Religion was like Politics back then, just cause someone won didn't make them RIGHT... but really..this reduces Jesus to just a MAN.. this is one among other reasons I can't call myself a christian!
You may enjoy this article..to give a little more understanding to some of Church history.....I tend to feel this way .. Why Pelagius was Right
Free will. Great. Choose poorly and you'll spend all eternity in a redhot cauldron of boiling urine. I can't and won't buy that, and unfortunately Jesus does touch upon eternal punishment
Calvanists vs the Arminians ....
together with the concept that the only way to heaven is through him. Sorry folks in Papua New Guinea who are wholly ignorant of the tribe two valleys over, let alone Jesus.
Christians would quote Romans for this...for those who have never heard... they will be judged by their conscience..
But what that really spells out... if true... is ANYONE WHO HAS HEARD will be judged on what was written... but I find this too stringent myself.. what if a man's whole experience was clouded by horrendous believers, maybe a Pastor Father who was a hypocrite, emotionally abused by his hands...or the Priests who molest.. anyone who grows up in a situation like this is going to turn their eyes & hearts as far from religion as one could throw..I do believe a merciful God will take every situation into consideration..
Romans 2 .....12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.)
But in spite of some hard-core reservations there is, like I said, a huge Truth there. Just wish I could figure it all out.
Join the crowd GTdad.. that's why I am DEIST ...
Read my post here (#24) What Church or Faith Are You?
.....can you relate...
Feels good to vent about it, and please noone take this as an attack on their faith. I feel very strongly about leaving people to their beliefs, and just as strongly about people who attack those beliefs. I'm just talking about things I struggle with, and have for a long time.
You have a good spirit about you..I feel the same... Most of my friends are Christians...they are good people..