When a loved one dies, the emotional pain is so intense that one of the last things family members would ever think of is the expense for the funeral. This explains why funeral parlors can charge exorbitant prices for coffins, the production of which cost only 5% of their selling price. This also explains why the rent for a small room in a funeral parlor can cost more than three months rent for a much bigger apartment or house. Moreover, this explains why the most expensive piece of land or real estate is the land where the dead are actually laid. When emotional pain is intense, money is just not a priority.
Sadly, funeral parlors are not alone in taking advantage of this emotionally painful situation. Many religious leaders do this also. The Lord Jesus Himself spoke of this concerning the religious leaders during His day. He says, “Beware of the scribes who like to walk around in long robes, and like respectful greetings in the market places, and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets, who devour widows' houses, and for appearance's sake offer long prayers; these will receive greater condemnation” (Mark 12:38-40; emphasis mine).
Now, is it possible that what the Lord Jesus said about the deeds of religious leaders during His time here on earth is also what religious leaders are doing in our day? This question requires a good and honest answer.
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