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Chapter 3: No Future No Past, Only Life Herenow

Matthew 16

13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Phillipi, he asked his disciples, saying, “Whom do men say that I, the son of man, am?”

14 And they said, “Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.”

15 He saith unto them, “But whom say ye that I am?”

16 And Simon Peter answered and said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my father which is in heaven.”

18 “And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

19 “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.”

Once it happened: Aesop, the greatest master of story-telling, was going out of Athens. He met a man who was coming from Argos. They talked. The man from Argos asked Aesop, “You are coming from Athens. Please tell me some thing about the people there: what manner of men they are, what they are like.”

Aesop asked the man, “First you tell me what type of people are there in Argos.”

The man said, “Very disgusting, nauseating, violent, quarrelsome.” And all these qualities flashed on the face of the man.

Aesop said, “I am sorry. You will find the people of Athens just the same.”

Later on, he met another man who was also from Argos, and he also asked the same question: “You are coming from Athens and you have lived your whole life there - what manner of men are they there? What are they like?”

And Aesop again asked, “First tell me what manner of men are there in Argos.”

And the man became aflame with nostalgia.a very loving memory of the people of Argos. His face shone and he said, “Very pleasant, friendly, kind, and good neighbors.”

Aesop said, “I am happy to tell you that you will find the people of Athens just the same.”

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