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The defining characteristic about the path is that it is hard, like a sidewalk or road. People represented by the path are hard-hearted. Their hearts are not receptive to the word. They are the people described by Paul in 1 Corinthians 1-3. 1 Corinthians 2:14 (NASB) But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are ...


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This is a parable (an earthly representation of a Heavenly concept) not an actual event. Jesus told us many times that we cannot expect God to forgive us our sins unless we also forgive others for the wrongs they do to us. All scripture is quoted from the King James version. Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. ...


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"Great Faith" is earned through lessons and hard work Jesus was teaching them to do their duty first before they could start doing great things on their own. You cannot have great faith in a short time. It is through mistakes, trials, temptations and experience that faith is earned. It take years of experience in ministry that a man of God can have strong ...


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Increase our Faith! = Make it Easier! (or Lighten the Burden!) Just before the parable, Jesus says (paraphrasing, for brevity) Don't be a stumbling block...or else! Rebuke and forgive your brothers. Forgive a brother even if he continually sins against you. The disciples' response is, "Increase our faith!" (πιστις 4102, "trust" "belief" "conviction") ...


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The Kingdom of God is NOT EXACTLY a place in every parable that has this line. It is the reign or kingship of God, God who rules, rather than a place where God rules. The Parable of the Mustard Seed signifies the kingdom/reign of God's sudden and surprising transformation from its almost invisible beginning to its full grandeur. It's described to be dynamic ...


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In perfect Catholic form, the Catechism of the Catholic Church speaks pretty directly, but somewhat ambiguously if not paradoxically, on interpreting scripture and the Gospels in particular. Firstly, scripture is still "open" for various and new understanding. Still, the Christian faith is not a “religion of the book.” Christianity is the religion of ...


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The parable is a story form used to convey spiritual truth to those listeners who had “ears to hear”. Others were mystified by the parable. The Master explained the parables to The Twelve, and they passed the explanations on to their disciples. Nothing was written in the Gospels in order to stop Gnostics, and Docetists using these explanations to draw people ...



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