Opinions welcome!

17 Mar

(Luke 12:57-59) “Yes, and why, even of yourselves, do you not judge what is right? When you go with your adversary to the magistrate, make every effort along the way to settle with him, lest he drag you to the judge, the judge deliver you to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. I tell you, you shall not depart from there till you have paid the very last mite.”  (NKJV)

What do you all think: In context, is this talking about a literal circumstance (don’t let someone take you to court to sue you), or is it symbolic of an eternal circumstance (get right with God before you get sent to eternal torment)? And why?



Posted by on March 17, 2007 in Bible


4 responses to “Opinions welcome!

  1. bretmavrich

    March 19, 2007 at 11:50 am

    Any good fundamentalist who knows that we ourselves cannot possibly repay for our sins a single penny, and who knows that hell is for eternity and that we don’t have any possible hope for escape might say its symbolism.

    But I truly don’t know. I probably wouldn’t classify myself as a good fundamentalist.

  2. Amanda Beattie

    March 19, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    Actually, most of the commentaries I’ve been reading are pretty fundamentalist and evade that point by saying that hell is punishment for an infinite offense; hence you can never hope to repay it to the last penny.

    I guess I’m torn between taking this passage symbolically, since it isn’t introduced as being symbolic, or taking it purely literally and having it make no sense in its context.

  3. brian

    March 19, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    I am of the opinion that Jesus is saying: “Make it right now, while you have the opportunity (grace) to choose.”.

    Jesus’ parable is true of the world: walking out the “love your neighbor as yourself” commandment by accepting a respectful compromise instead of insisting on rights also avoids the risk of enforced losses when you make a “federal case” out of your disagreement. Sure, you can insist on a trial, but what if you lose? The time when you had an opportunity to choose is over, and the judgement against you will be enforced in full.

    Jesus’ parable is true in eternity. Choose Gods will, grace, and forgiveness now instead of our will and its eternal consequences. When judgement is pronounced – it is final and certain, but before that, there is room to choose.
    Very ominous, considering He to whom every knee will bow, and in Whom is all authority to judge, is speaking.

    I think of this parable in the same form as the mustard seed – the object is a seed and a tree, but isn’t it really all about the growing?

  4. Amanda Beattie

    March 20, 2007 at 1:54 am

    Dad, my inclination is to take that approach, too… I just would like to feel a little more definitive one way or the other. 🙂


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