Make Friends not Fiends

I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.

Luke 11:8

This amazing saying – a conclusion of a parable – from the Saviour clearly extends our friendship circle to the friends of our friends.  The man who rises to share bread late at night was probably not aware that his action would make him a friend to a stranger.

A friend (friendship) is the result of helping people with the resources God has given us.  If the resources we end up sharing are the product of our human tradition we make fiends – people assigned to the burning flames of Hell, or demon-like people.

Fiends to hell

“It will be bad for you teachers of the law and you Pharisees! You are hypocrites. You travel across the seas and across different countries to find one person who will follow your ways. When you find that person, you make him worse than you are. And you are so bad that you belong in hell!

Matthew 23:15

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, all of you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Matthew 25:41