Relating to the stories told by Jesus in the Gospels to make a theological point.

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Parable of weeds - where did the enemy get seeds from?

In the Parable of Weeds, the enemy is narrated as sowing the seeds of weed once the farmer had sown good seeds (Mt 13:25). But, Matthew 13:30 suggests that the tares along with their ripe seeds ...
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How can one “buy” oil and “buy” gold, garments, and eye salve if these things can only attained by grace?

From the account of the 10 virgins in Matthew 25, and from the exhortation to the Laodicean Church in Revelation 3:14-22, What is meant by the instruction to "buy" oil, gold, garments and eye salve? ...
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Parable of The Two Sons [Matthew 21:28-31] [closed]

It is a very powerful parable indeed but I am very curious about the first and the second son, their chronology. In many places in the bible, e.g. Romans 2:9-10 I perceive the Jews denoted as the ...
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According to most Protestants, did Jesus intend one correct interpretation for his parables? [closed]

I have read a related question about the interpretation of parables and the question wanted an answer from the Catholic's perspective. I am curious about how the mainstream Protestant denomination ...
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What does the parable of the “goodman of the house” mean? [closed]

What are some possible explanations or correlations from scripture about the goodman who should not have let the thief break in? But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what ...
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What are the meanings of the mote and beam in the parable?

In the new testament, Christ gives the parable of the mote and beam: 1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it ...
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How do these parables explain time in Heaven?

In many of the parables, Jesus speaks of a time span completing some event. Examples include: Mark 13:34: For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave ...
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What does the Parable of the Vineyard Workers mean?

Does the Parable of the Vineyard Workers (in Matthew 20) mean that those who die exactly on judgement day will be the first to enter the Kingdom of Heaven? Does this mean that when people die they ...
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Who are the 5 Brothers Mentioned at Luke 16:28 - Rich Man and Lazarus

Luke 16: 27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ Who ...
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What does it mean that the “The Evil One snatches away what was sown in them.”

I have always been confused about what this means. Those who hear the message about the Kingdom but do not understand it are like the seeds that fell along the path. The Evil One comes and ...
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When are we forgiven ? Parable of the unforgiving debtor [closed]

In Matthew 18:23-35, the parable of the unforgiving debtor, it tells the story of a debtor who owes a king money. The king forgives the debtor, yet the debtor doesn't forgive the the one who owed ...
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Meaning of the parable in Luke 17:7-10

In the first verse of Luke 17:5-10, the disciples ask Jesus to increase their faith. The beginning of Jesus's reply in 17:6 seems to be directly connected. But I am having trouble figuring out what ...
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What is the proper use of money in Luke 16:1-13?

This is the parable of the dishonest manager, about to sacked for squandering his master's property. (We don't know if used the property for personal gain, or made bad investments, or what have you.) ...
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What did Jesus think he was?

What does the biblical Jesus (as opposed to the historical Jesus) think he is? a rabbi the son of a carpenter the child born in the house of David the king of the Jews, about to be anointed with ...
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What was Jesus trying to convey in the parables of the mustard seed and yeast?

What message did Jesus Christ tried to give by comparing the Kingdom Of God(Isn't that Heaven?) with the mustard seed and yeast?
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What does Matthew 13:11-12 mean?

He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does ...
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What about the story of the “Rich Man and Lazarus” indicates whether it is a parable or not?

To extend this previous question, what about the text of the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man indicates whether it should be considered a parable or an "actual" account?
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Did Jesus' parables have different meanings to the different Gospel writer's congregations?

My parish priest uses the example of Matthew 13:18-23 to explain that this one explanation of the parable of the sower was the one that Matthew, wanted to put in his Gospel to drive home some ...
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John 14:2: a literal house / temple or heaven

In John, Jesus is speaking of Heaven. However in Matthew he's talking about a physical temple. John 14:2 NIV 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that ...
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Why did Jesus keep some in the dark by using parables?

I once heard someone say that parables are the best way to teach, because Jesus used them.  Of course this makes no sense because parables are very difficult to understand unless explained. Jesus ...
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Will all that are lost be saved?

In Luke 15, Jesus gives one parable of a man that lost 1/100 sheep, and rejoiced when that sheep was found. And another parable of a woman who lost 1/10 silver coins, and rejoices much when she finds ...
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In the parable of the ten minas, why does the king kill his enemies?

The Parable of the Ten Minas Luke 19:27 (NIV) But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me. Now, this is spoken in the 3rd ...
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Why does Jesus not want people to repent and be forgiven in Mark 4?

This is in response to the disciples asking why Jesus teaches in parables: He said to them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those outside, everything is in ...
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In the parable of the sower, what exegetical reasons are there to interpret the third type of soil to be genuine Christians?

In the parable of the sower, four types of soil are mentioned. It seems to be pretty commonly accepted that the first two types of soils represent unbelievers or "make believers". The fourth type of ...
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Prominent Theologians' answer to: What is “The Parable of the Shrewd Manager” about?

The Parable of the Shrewd Manager (full text below) is perhaps one of the hardest parables to interpret. At first glance it seems to be about rewarding dishonesty! What lesson is Jesus teaching His ...
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What does the parable of the Fig Tree mean?

Luke 13:6-9 (NIV) 6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. 7 So he said to the man who took ...
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Is there any significance to naming Lazarus in this parable?

The parable I'm referring to is 'The Rich Man and Lazarus': 19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar ...
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What is going on in Matthew 21 and Mark 12?

In Matthew 21:33-46 and Mark 12:1-12, Jesus tells pretty much the exact same parable: Husbandman leases his vineyard and leaves. He sends some servants to check it out, and they get whooped. He sends ...