When the Government gave the banking system, and a few other “too big to fail” institutions the big bailouts a few years ago, I remembered a couple of parables that seemed to fit perfectly. As we see the current public outcry in the streets and peoples’ frustration with a system that is clearly out of control from greed.
Now don’t think I’m preaching here, I’m just trying to show how history,[even as a parable] warns us about human tendency to repeat itself and, if the lessons of the past are studied well, we may avoid this. Also, I pulled these two from The Bible. I’m sure there are similar stories in every Holy book, it was just more readily available.
With that being said, I present the first parable that came to mind;
Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
Now I may be mistaken but, in this story, I see the banks/companies as the ones who were forgiven their debts. To me, a bailout is the same as forgiveness. The problem happened when those same banks went to their customers and did not forgive their debts!
My GOSH, how amazing that a story from around 2000 years ago still applies to the current day!
The second parable follows;
And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
In this parable, I see some of the CEO’s that are “storing up” for themselves as the rich fool did.
From a ‘Natural Law’ perspective, this is a blockage in the flow of things like energy, money love, etc.. If someone or something is taking without giving, this is a block.
The Law of Circulation states that all things in the universe are always flowing in circulation at an ever expanding rate. What you give to one person, you will receive back from a different source, so you don’t have to give with the expectation of receiving back from the same person you give to. Just know that what you give will always be returned to you multiplied from other sources. It works according to the law of cause and effect where the universe always mirrors back to you whatever you do.
Now I’m not saying that you can’t do that, by all means, give it a try. What WILL happen is that this hoarding will build up to a point of not being able to contain. This is what’s happening with all the “Occupy” protests around the country. The folks who were forgiven their debts are not extending it to their debtors!
Everything is meant to be shared. We come with nothing and leave with nothing. We are simply stewards of all we see, touch, taste, smell, and hear.
The people are seeking empathy, compassion, and forgiveness.
The people who are hoarding may want to take notice and try a little forgiveness…it goes a LONG way!
Don’t forget that forgiveness works well in your private life as well!
P.S. feel free to share!