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Why did Jesus speak in parables?

 
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Why did Jesus speak in parables?
Anyone know?
Will you listen to what your senses tell you or will you let others think for you?
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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
to confuse the masses
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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
He tells you why.. I'll dig it up, one moment
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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
He didn't want his enemies to repent and find salvation.
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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
For the same reason really good teachers tell stories: common people "get it" when you give them an example they can emotionally relate to rather than dropping complex philosophical concepts on them.

Jesus was so far out there, most people STILL don't entirely get what he was aiming for, but everyone can remember the parables and what they mean.

Anyone who teaches or trains others knows how effective parables are.

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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
To get people to think.
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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
Pluto is the planet of the hidden things i guess, learned from Astrology.
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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
Pluto meaning from astrology =

Pluto Symbolic Meanings

Deep psyche
Hidden power
Excretion
Distant
Obsession
Rebirth
Transformation
Reflection
Regeneration
Detection
Darkness/Void
Epiphany after a long time


hope you guys understand

hf
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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
Pretty Plain per The Scripture; just as HE Says....

Not to "get people to think"...
Quite the opposite.

Look at verses 11-15 See HIS Witness. Do you Hear it in your heart?


Matthew 13 [Commentary] Biblical Art and Illustrations
1. The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
2. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
3. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4. And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5. Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6. And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8. But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
9. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.


10. And the disciples came, and said unto him,

Why speakest thou unto them in parables?



11. He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
12. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

13. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

14. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

15. For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
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source: [link to www.whats-your-sign.com]
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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
because he was a con artist and he didn't want to say anything clear and concrete,
because he knew everyone would see right through it.

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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
Matthew 13:10
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

14And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:


In other words, these are parables giving teachings of knowledge that the lay man isn't really or able to understand, so the layman gets a nice parable story, and the advanced disciple gets the true teachings hidden in the parable.

By hidden I don't mean a secret code or something, but rather just multiple levels of knowledge in the same wording, based on understanding and context.

So in conclusion, Christianity as the general people understand it is not what Christ was actually the advanced knowledge Jesus was actually teaching.

And so Christianity is not what most people think it is.
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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
Anyone know?
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Mar 4:10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.
Mar 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
Mar 4:12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
Pretty Plain per The Scripture; just as HE Says....

Not to "get people to think"...
Quite the opposite.

Look at verses 11-15 See HIS Witness. Do you Hear it in your heart?


Matthew 13 [Commentary] Biblical Art and Illustrations
1. The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
2. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
3. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4. And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5. Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6. And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8. But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
9. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.


10. And the disciples came, and said unto him,

Why speakest thou unto them in parables?



11. He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
12. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

13. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

14. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

15. For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
Pluto meaning from astrology =

Pluto Symbolic Meanings

Deep psyche
Hidden power
Distant
Obsession
Rebirth
Transformation
Reflection
Regeneration
Detection
Darkness/Void
Epiphany after a long time
Mysteries


hope you guys understand

hf
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Fix, and bolded for you guys to see.
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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
Matthew 13:10
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

14And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:


In other words, these are parables giving teachings of knowledge that the lay man isn't really or able to understand, so the layman gets a nice parable story, and the advanced disciple gets the true teachings hidden in the parable.

By hidden I don't mean a secret code or something, but rather just multiple levels of knowledge in the same wording, based on understanding and context.

So in conclusion, Christianity as the general people understand it is not what Christ was actually the advanced knowledge Jesus was actually teaching.

And so Christianity is not what most people think it is.
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The bible is beautiful it can transform you. hf
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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
Know WHO Christ Jesus IS????

In Matthew 16:13-19, HE asks the Apostles, "Who do you say I AM?"


Unless you Know WHO Jesus IS, you don't have "the rock", foundation for inclusion within HIS Church.


All a matter of heart.
Did God The Father Call your heart Unto HIM by Giving you Knowledge of WHO Jesus IS?

If so, will you answer HIS Call?
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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
Not only Jesus spoke in parables but many of the world teachers people follow today. It is a way to simplify an alien concept and make it relate to the ppl you are trying to convey your thoughts to. If people have no reference point from which to view this new concept it will sound like gibberish or nonsense to them. So you use parables to make it relate-able to the audience. Like when you are teaching children.

The problem is that kind of teaching is for introduction into a new philosophy. Ideally the student would then ask questions for clarification after they have begun to grasp the concept. We cant do that obviously and are left either trying to decipher the advanced theory of the concept ourselves or trusting someones elses interpretation who hasn't clarified their interpretation with the author of the parable either.
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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
A study was done, that showed when people use analogies / parables, when teaching, people learned and retained the information better.
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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
Think, our deep emotions are really hard to understand = like the parables LoL.

Love and Peace hf
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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
Takes having a heart for God to Hear/See The Gospel...

No way to "study unto the approval of God", which many who seek with their intellect adapt as their mantra...

So many who Claim HIM miss the earlier verses in 2nd Tim 2. Paul Witnesses there that those who would teach/preach/minister "Ought First BE Partakers Of The Fruits" in verse 6. Those who Are Born-Again, Partakers (Ezekiel 36:26-27 style) would then possibly study The Scriptures, but there is no point to doing so if you aren't A Partaker.

Like not understanding HIS use of parables...

Got a True heart For God, you can Hear and See. Looking for intellectual proofs and means to rationalize your awareness of God, then you are moving away from HIM, with your "thinking", not coming closer...
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A study was done, that showed when people use analogies / parables, when teaching, people learned and retained the information better.
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Nice to know. !!
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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
Takes having a heart for God to Hear/See The Gospel...

No way to "study unto the approval of God", which many who seek with their intellect adapt as their mantra...

So many who Claim HIM miss the earlier verses in 2nd Tim 2. Paul Witnesses there that those who would teach/preach/minister "Ought First BE Partakers Of The Fruits" in verse 6. Those who Are Born-Again, Partakers (Ezekiel 36:26-27 style) would then possibly study The Scriptures, but there is no point to doing so if you aren't A Partaker.

Like not understanding HIS use of parables...

Got a True heart For God, you can Hear and See. Looking for intellectual proofs and means to rationalize your awareness of God, then you are moving away from HIM, with your "thinking", not coming closer...
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Beautiful post.
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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
Also if you're talking about a complex, abstract, difficult or unfamiliar topic, such as the "kingdom of heaven" you would probably use familiar earthly terms and concepts, which would be relatable and understandable, hence the use of parables.
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Also if you're talking about a complex, abstract, difficult or unfamiliar topic, such as the "kingdom of heaven" you would probably use familiar earthly terms and concepts, which would be relatable and understandable, hence the use of parables.
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I like your thinking style, god bless you.
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All you have to "understand" is that only God IS Worthy of your complete Trust and Love.

If you would Be HIS, you take action as Jesus Witnesses in John 3:14 "Lift-up The Son Of Man"... Know WHO Jesus IS? Tell The Father when you make your surrender. Admit your sins. Claim your share of HIS Infinite Grace & Mercy. Give HIM your life, all of it; good and bad, seek from then on only HIS Will. Ask HIM to Send HIS Holy Spirit to Guide your life. HE Will, if you are sincere and honest...

Know WHO Jesus IS? Then, Father God Has Called your heart.

Will you answer????
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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
Maybe Jesus thought in parables too.

Truth is true.

It just doesn't matter how you express it. You can make it simple or you can make it complex. It doesn't change whether it's true or not.

In fact the simple form probably makes the point that much more irrefutable.

Jesus is just highlighting something that happens every day, and is known to all, to be true. How can anyone argue with that?

You can say, it's true, but it doesn't translate. That won't make a difference. Those who heard the truth retain it. They are transformed.

Literally. Their brains are literally transformed. It's neuroscience.
Will you listen to what your senses tell you or will you let others think for you?
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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
Anyone know?
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For the same reason the bible in written parables.

"To you it is given to know, but to them it is not"

this he says when talking to the disciples, when asked about speaking in parables. It show two classes of people, the exoteric and the esoteric nature of the mystery schools of which Jesus and the deciples belong, but not the general masses.







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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
Matthew 22

1. And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,
2. The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,


3. And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
4. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
5. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
6. And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
7. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.


8. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
9. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
10. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

11. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12. And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


14. For many are called, but few are chosen.


Father Has Called many,
few choose to answer...
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Matthew 22

1. And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,
2. The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,


3. And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
4. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
5. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
6. And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
7. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.


8. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
9. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
10. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

11. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12. And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


14. For many are called, but few are chosen.


Father Has Called many,
few choose to answer...
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Im feeling blessed the more i read your post bro, maintain that spirit of warrior hf

God bless you
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Re: Why did Jesus speak in parables?
Matthew 13:10
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

14And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:


In other words, these are parables giving teachings of knowledge that the lay man isn't really or able to understand, so the layman gets a nice parable story, and the advanced disciple gets the true teachings hidden in the parable.

By hidden I don't mean a secret code or something, but rather just multiple levels of knowledge in the same wording, based on understanding and context.

So in conclusion, Christianity as the general people understand it is not what Christ was actually the advanced knowledge Jesus was actually teaching.

And so Christianity is not what most people think it is.
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It was so that prophecy could be fulfilled. It was prophesied that the masses would reject their Messiah. Now if they saw and understood who he was, the masses would not have rejected him. As true prophecy can not fail, it was set up to be proven true. So that they could convert later on, after his death, if they chose to.

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