Matthew, Chapter 11

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Jesus Casts a Curse on Heretical Cities That Remains Until Today 

20Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: 21Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. 23And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.” (Matthew 11:20-24)

Jesus once again returns to preach in the cities where he first began preaching: Bethsaida, Chorazin, and Capernaum. However, even the residents of these cities refuse to repent or heed Jesus’ message, despite having seen Jesus’ miracles with their own eyes. In response to their attitude, Jesus casts a curse stipulating that these towns will never recover from their imminent destruction. In fact, Jesus’ curse stands until this day. Non-believers are often led astray by their dependence on destructive, material passions. They are reluctant to embark on a journey that could fill their souls with light. Those who lack faith also lack the courage to undergo a transformative process and therefore deprive themselves of spiritual growth.

Responsibility is knowing that we are the cause of our circumstances; irresponsibility is blaming others for our situation.