Matthew 25:14-30 I did some ciphering on the "Talent".... 1 talent of gold was about 80 pounds.... In today's market - nominally worth about $1,500,000.00 USD. 1.5 MILLION dollars. I don't know about you guys - but $1.5 MILLION dollars isn't small change you throw around or lay into the hands of somebody unproven... That's BIG money... There's no way anybody in their right mind would leave that sort of money into the hands of someone who isn't Trained, fully capable, AND has a proven track record of success.... It's not like putting 20 bucks into the hands of your kid or somebody off the street.... So, now, let's think about the fellow who got the ONE talent.... $1.5 MILLION dollars! He had the correct training to achieve success. He had a proven track record of being Capable of handling the responsibility of dealing with that sort of investment in the past. He was TRUSTED by his master to DO SO.... AND his fellow servants had no trouble gaining significant increase.... so it's not like the Market was down..... Then, he comes back with an excuse.... Oh, I was so fearful of you... You reap where you do not sow and you gather where you do not plant..... So fearful that I hid it and didn't do ANYTHING with it.... Really? I don't know about you... but if I was TRULY FEARFUL of a master who reaps where he does not sow and gathers where he does not plant - I am going to be DARNED sure I bring him increase at ANY and ALL costs! And notice how the Master calls him on this exact point - if you REALLY thought that about me - that I truly was a Harsh Master, and that you TRULY were incapable - you would have taken it to the bankers so I would have gotten interest..... But... You DON'T think that of me - so you bring me back my money and NO increase!