A Hypothetical Question With A Theological Implication

Speaking hypothetically, let us say a man was to open a business, but as He knew He would have to leave for some time, He employed 12 others as managers to set up His business with seventy others to aid them, plus a number of other helpers such as perhaps His mother, friends and so on.

Let us also say this man was to give specific instructions on how His business was to operate and so He personally trained His 12 managers, but one was found not to be loyal to Him so this one was replaced by one of the seventy others.

In time, the man left as He always knew He would after promising great rewards to those that stayed loyal to Him until His return. Afterwards, the 12 managers and some of the others traveled from city to city and town to town and recruited people to work in this business and they set up branches wherever they went.

In each of these branches, the manager or aid that established it, trained its staff and appointed someone over the branch to ensure it functioned according to the owner’s original instructions. Sometimes these failed to follow them, so one of the managers would either send them a letter of instruction or motivation or he went there personally or sent another under his authority to correct them.

Over the years, the business grew, some failed to follow the owners instructions and the branch collapsed, but some broke away from the business, without permission from the first, and opened new branches under the same trading name and claimed themselves to still be part of the original parent company but offered products that differed from slight variations to major differences.

Others also witnessed the success of this business and began opening branches themselves, also using the same trading name as the first and they too claimed to be the same original company, and also offering products and services that varied at different extremes from the original, although they never received any authorisation from the twelve managers or from any the twelve had authorized to act on their behalf.

Many years passed and some of those that were never part of the original company united and many grew in number until some of these corporations even surpassed the original business in size and popularity with the customers until the original was almost forgotten and the consumers had begun to believe the breakaways and new companies were the original.

Now let us say the original company, although relatively small and unheard of, still followed the original instructions of the owner and had remained loyal to the owner.

Let us also say that almost all, regardless of whom they were employed, believed in faith they were employed by the true company, so never bothered to check whether the person running their branch or whoever had originally opened it had been employed by one of the 12 managers or by someone they had personally authorized to act on their behalf.

Finally, those not formally part of the true business also gained copies of the operation manual, however virtually all misunderstood at least some of what was written in the book because many of the issues discussed were done in the context of the training only offered through the original business, to whom these instructions were actually written. As a result, much confusion and misunderstanding resulted amongst those not of the original business, even though most, if not all, only had the best of intent.

The question is,

When the owner returns, who would He consider His employees and grant the reward He promised, would it be those who were employed by the 12 managers of the original company and those acting under their authority, that still followed His instructions as He had given them?

Alternatively, would it be someone who was employed by either, one of the breakaways, or one of the companies that were never part of the original, both of which were also not following the owner’s instructions in their entirety, because they didn’t have a trained and authorized manager to explain the company operation manual?

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