"I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourself so that when it is gone you will b

Many a sage word is uttered to the effect that it is best to live life on the assumption that when it is over, there will be nothing. This wisdom is widely held and is even spoken at funerals where the departed is a youthful suicide. Small comfort for weeping loved ones! Jesus propounds a different view: It is better to order one's life on the basis that human relationships cultivated here will have a fruition beyond death. Without an eternal reality, everything that happens in time means nothing, and friends don't matter at all.

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