articles of chapter 9

Do we understand God?

Why did Jesus speak with parables?

Mat 13:34 Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the multitudes; and without a parable, he didn’t speak to them,

Mat 13:10 10 The disciples came, and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11 He answered them, “To you it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but it is not given to them. 12 For whoever has, to him will be given, and he will have abundance, but whoever doesn’t have, from him will be taken away even that which he has. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they don’t see, and hearing, they don’t hear, neither do they understand. 14 In them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says, By hearing you will hear, And will in no way understand; Seeing you will see, And will in no way perceive:

Jesus spoke with parables and said it was because people would “in no way understand”. People are baffled after reading the Bible but think they now understand the parables, because they have been written by the apostles.

The Bible has been concealed by God and Jesus and as a result of this people in churches have been imprisoned for centuries. The priests have intimidated them into human ruins who believe they will fall into the fire of hell after the last judgment. There have been long and bloody wars between Protestants and Catholics and also inside each denomination because the Bible has not been understood in the same way. God has sealed certain things. For example, the time of the second coming of Jesus. I believe many questions that are difficult to understand will open up when you explore them vigorously. This is certainly what God appreciates.

 

Why Is the Word of God Written So Impenetrably?

Why is the Word of God written so unclear? Although we have many different translations, explanatory texts and dictionaries today, there is not much increase in people’s understanding. I ask: Why did God give such an ambiguous Bible? Why did Jesus not even want his listeners to understand?

If God wanted people to understand, he could have written the Bible so that no interpretation problems would have emerged. If Jesus wanted the great crowds to understand and believe, could he not even explain what His parables meant?

Why is the Bible so much full of figures of speech, symbols, figurative narrative?

There are many people, both laymen and church officials, who believe that everything that is said in the Bible must be literally true and understood so.

Particularly, this is true in this chapter. Penalties for the final judgment with the fiery lake must be taken literally. People (who in their own mind are sinless and righteous) just want the punishment of God to be strictly enforced. – Understanding the Bible is easier when the reader learns to realize when it a question of a figurative expression and what is behind the figure of speech and what is its purpose. Each parable aims to teach a spiritual truth. Jesus said that “the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. (Jhn 6:63)

image_pdfimage_print