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Originally posted by sk0rpi0n
reply to post by ThinkingCap
But please list some parables for us, perhaps some you really think have been ignored ---
I'd say all 40 of them.
Try this....search through the religion section of ATS. How many threads on parables can you find?
That Yeshua is God?
The parables were written to explain why the Jews around Judea at the time of Christ missed their opportunity, where the "kingdom" is accepting Jesus.
So this is why the parables are not of practical use as a guide to life today, for people who have already accepted Jesus.
He taught in parables because he was damning the pharisees. He didn't want them to gain understanding and be converted and recieve salvation. He judged them and found them wanting. The disciples would then ask him to the side what he meant and to them he would tell but not the pharisees.
What doctrine are you seeking to avoid? That Yeshua is God? Good luck with that, because he is and you can find him in the entire OT.
The parables cover a variety of themes.
Let me know if you find one you can't explain by them being about how the Jews missed the kingdom.
My opinion right now is that what we know as Christianity can be traced back to Paul, and the Gospels are basically elaborations of themes he was teaching.
Paul explains that he did not receive his Gospel from the Apostles, but from the risen Jesus.