Let's imagine you have a tree in your yard that bears rotten fruit.  Every year the fruit kills innocents.  Sometimes squirrels, a feral cat here and there, pets, and eventually a baby.   Are you going to be satisfied with trying to do a better job of disposing of the fruit each year or are you going to do your best to destroy the tree so it can never bear fruit again?

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Comment by Forrest Curo on 8th mo. 21, 2017 at 12:39pm

United States Department of Offense? Wall Street? The CIA? The prison system? Television?

Comment by James C Schultz on 8th mo. 21, 2017 at 1:09pm

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Comment by Clarence M. Cullimore Mercer, on 8th mo. 24, 2017 at 8:23pm

The TREE...The TREE!!! SEE LUKE 13:8-9.  ALSO, some fruit trees are bred to delay flowering until its 3rd or 4th year in the ground.  Many times sub species with larger and more abundant fruit are grafted to species with better root ball development.  Those bear terrifically for ages.  Any tree that stops bearing fruit should be cut into furniture.  Jesus was a carpenter, so he would know this. Poisonous fruit was usually grown for medicinal use and  war construction purposes like hemp rope, fox glove, poppies, hemlock, etc.  It was grown more often than not in a walled orchard  covered by a hedge of those awful thorns they put on Jesus head (probably with a twist) and with a guard inside.  This was  safely concealed by judicial  standards of the day.

Taking "Exegeting the Call and Culture of Ministry (F110)" at Bethany Theological Seminary for both Old and New Testament, while attending Earlham School of Religion, introduced me to multiple readings of  historical and archeological resources, as well as attending many presentations of papers written and my attention to my favorite Quaker professor, John Punshon.

Comment by James C Schultz on 8th mo. 24, 2017 at 9:31pm

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