27"The owner's servants came to him and said, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?' Quoting: OP
28" 'An enemy did this,' he replied.
"The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'
29" 'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.' "
actually OP, that response is very intelligent.
but....flip it back over....
would this metaphor not literally stunt the growth or degrade the quality of the whole crop?
sorry if I seem ignorant, I believe that God is a metaphorical myth to control the masses.
I watched my dad burn to death when I was 10.
no God or Devil turned up that day.
just a fire engine and a meat truck.
The true God is simply Nature - progressing forward.