What Should One Do With Frauds?

Martin Luther once told the story of a monk who went about defrauding old folk.

There was a certain monk who demanded of a dying nobleman, “Sir, are you willing to give this and that to the monastery?” Since the dying man was unable to speak and could only give a sign by nodding, the monk said to the nobleman’s son, “See, you notice that your father consents to giving these things.” Then the son asked his dying father, “Father, isn’t it your will that I hurl this monk down the stairs?” When the father gave the same sign the monk got what he deserved and was thrown down the stairs.

And that, Luther suggested, was what should happen to the perpetrators of fraud.


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