I just watched Derek Prince on God TV talk about this analogy. I had heard it before and already back then his message scared me. Prince warned the people which only have 1 talent not to hide it. He said that which have many talents usually also use them but the 1 talent people think: "I have not many talents, so I won't do anything." Prince said that all those which were rejected by Jesus (foolish virgins, 1 talent servant) have one thing in common, they did nothing. This scares me somehow because this seems to put so much emphasis on works again. This sounds like: Either you do stuff for God and try to evangelize people or you go to hell. How can this be? I really don't get it. On the one hand christians say you are saved by faith alone and on the other hand the bible says that those which do nothing go to hell, how do we combine this? I really don't want to be scared of Jesus and do works out of fear of being rejected. But I really don't understand this. Yesterday I listened to Joyce Meyer and she seemed to say the exact opposite she said that we shall not do works of the flesh. Now how do I know what works of the flesh are? I mean this seems so contradictory. On the one hand we're told not to rely on works but on the other hand works seem to be important because if you do nothing you're rejected like the lazy servant. But if even as a christian you can be rejected then how can you even feel safe? How can you know you will not have a totally bad awakening when you die and stand before Jesus? How can you know Jesus will not reject you? This stuff totally scares me. How am I supposed to feel safe and accepted when the bible contains such scary analogies? These analogies have often scared me in the past to the point that I simply didn't read them anymore. I feel like no matter what I do it's wrong. If I for example totally rely only on Jesus' sacrifice then I might not be doing enough and hiding my talent and this means I get problems. If I on the other hand try to do as many good deeds as possible and then feel good and confident that God will let me in then I might be relying on works and this also means I will get problems. I feel like no matter what I do it's wrong. Why is the bible so complicated? There are verses which say faith alone and there are verses which emphasize the importance of works. Why does the bible have to be this way? This is really driving me crazy. It's always the same. You read a few verses which say A and then you think: Now I get it! But then you might find in another book verses which say B and then once again you realize that you haven't got it at all and you don't know how to combine the verses which say A with the verses which say B to get a result. This is really frustrating. Understanding the bible is so hard when I try to read books like Romans I get totally exhausted because I sit there and try to understand it and it's totally straining. I've really become scared of these books because I feel like they are too difficult to me.That's like biting on stone.