The Tree and Its Fruit

15 “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. 16 You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 19 So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.”

[This passage from Matthew 7 is so instructive of a lot of things in life. All you have to do is look at the foundation of something to see if it can stand on its own or to predict if it has a chance for success. Whether it be a government policy, a personal relationship or even a religion. Say for instance you had a religion that was founded by a murderer, a rapist, a liar and a thief. What do you suppose would be the fruits of that religion? Would the region from which it is predominantly from be always in turmoil? Would the adherents of it bring discord and strife wherever they went? 1,400 years is plenty long to judge that tree. – Jim Roach]

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