"Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say,
Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing;
but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!"
Jesus of Nazareth
(c. 4 BC – c. AD 30/33)
Holy Bible, Matthew 23:16
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 -- Mike, Norwalk      
Great to see.
 -- Scott, Brownwood Texas     
    Where's Waffler and Archer and everyone? Vacation? I would have loved to see your comments on this one in particular! Jesus said it straight up, no side stepping. Maybe if our society went back to using the Bible as our country's main book and source of guidance, we would get back on the right track. I know we would, no maybe.
     -- M. Brown, Florida     
    Time to kick over the tables of the money-changers!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Please read my comments on the first quote on this page M Brown. I don't know if I understand the drift of Jesus' words here. In the first quote he is berating the Jews for not being as good in personal qualities as they are in paying their tithes or taxes, the required 10%. He does not say for them to stop paying the 10% dutifully but to start doing the other things just as dutifully. In this our country I think the 20% or son of persons who cheat the Treasury out of 200 to 300 billion a year in taxes need to read and heed Jesus' lecture concerning these duties. Mike of Norwalk who always berates the idea of abiding by the law (like in riding on the "correct" side of the street or stopping at stop signs) would have a wonderful conversation or disputation with Jesus in regards to these matters. Maybe we can all observe it one day in heaven. Sorry Archer will not be able to attedn.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    The Temple was no place for these activities.
     -- M. Brown, Florida     
    The body is the temple of the soul while the gold of the temple is the wealth that the man acquires during his lifetime. When you are breathing your last breath exactly how important is your wealth and wouldn't you wish you'd paid a little more respect to the temple than to the trappings? Likewise, the house is less important than the inhabitant. How important is a well built temple if the soul inside is dead?
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    As it was in Jesus' day...so it is today. The next verse says, which is greater? Someone once said to me that they didn't care about a politician's morals as long as they could get more money in the old paycheck. So which is greater?
     -- Lea H., Waxahachie, TX     
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