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Why did Jesus use parables to teach?

James E. Talmage discusses this in his book "Jesus the Christ" (read online here) An excerpt from this chapter: To the chosen and devoted followers who came asking the Master why He had ...
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How do "once saved, always saved" advocates explain the Parable about wise virgins?

While it is impossible to account for all OSAS interpretations of of the passage, the most obvious answer is that the unwise virgins were not saved. Remember that certain (purported) proponents of ...
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Strange take on the Parable of the 10 talents - Kids book

Oh, dear! Once we realise that this parable is about the coming kingdom of God, whose King is Christ Jesus, then any suggestion that “the king was angry and greedy” should ring spiritual alarm bells! ...
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How do parables communicate the inspired word of God?

The parables of Jesus do not 'communicate the inspired word of God'. They, themselves are the inspired word of God. For God - that is to say the Son of God - actually spoke them on earth from his own ...
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What about the story of the "Rich Man and Lazarus" indicates whether it is a parable or not?

We normally think of "parable" as referring to a fictional analogical story. But the Greek word παραβολή has a broader meaning than this. BDAG gives this definition: someth. that serves as ...
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What about the story of the "Rich Man and Lazarus" indicates whether it is a parable or not?

One more point in favor of the story being a parable, aside from those above, is that it contains internal self-interpretations which are unlikely in a straightforward recounting, but perfectly ...
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From reformed perspective, what does the oil in the foolish virgin's lamp represent?

John Calvin in his commentary on Matthew encourages us to not get bogged down in the minutia of the parables. However, he essentially equates the oil to zeal. Some people give themselves a good ...
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Did Jesus have the tradition of preserving of leavening agent in mind, while speaking of the Pharisees' Yeast?

In Luke 12 Jesus tells us exactly what the leaven of the Pharisees is: hypocrisy. In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one ...
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Does the parable of the Unforgiving Servant have implications re: "once saved, always saved"?

What the parable teaches Jesus's parables are not comprehensive systematic theology lectures. They teach particular things through analogies but without telling the whole story. What this parable ...
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New Wine and Old Wine

To understand the link between fasting and the parables Jesus gave in answer in Mark 2:18-22 (ESV), we need to note that the Mosaic Law prescribed only one fast on the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16:...
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According to Catholicism, why did the robbers strip the traveler to Jericho?

The robbers represent the demons, the fallen angels, who take advantage of man fallen into sin: From the Catena Aurea on Luke 10: AMBROSE: But who are those robbers but the Angels of night and ...
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Why did Jesus use parables to teach?

Being brought up in a Protestant, Evangelical church, I found myself in Sunday school from age six. I remember one of my teachers, Mrs. Valcore, telling me that a parable is an "earthly story ...
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How do "once saved, always saved" advocates explain the Parable about wise virgins?

Matthew 25:1-13 is not about the Christian belief in once-saved always saved. The Lord says to the foolish virgins upon their return for admittance ‘I know you not’. The verb (to know) is in the ...
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How does one explain that the Church is the Bride of Christ?

1. Reading the Gospels as Protestants This verse from the Aramaic scriptures tells us the virgins (we, Christians) will meet both the bridegroom and bride. A few things here: firstly only a very ...
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How do parables communicate the inspired word of God?

The disciples ask Jesus a similar question: The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” [Matthew 13:10 (NIV)] Jesus' answer is that it clearly divides the ...
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How do parables communicate the inspired word of God?

How do parables communicate the inspired word of God? The parables of Our Lord Jesus Christ are definitely to be viewed as the inspired word of God; otherwise they would not be part of Sacred ...
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What was the origin of the phrase "Abraham's Bosom" as used by Jesus?

"Bosom of Abraham" refers to the place of comfort in the Biblical Sheol (or Hades in the Greek Septuagint version of the Hebrew scriptures from around 200 BCE, and therefore so described in ...
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What was the origin of the phrase "Abraham's Bosom" as used by Jesus?

Prior to the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the declaration that he is the Son of God, which is made after his resurrection - see Romans 1:4 - the revelation of the Father was not fully declared to ...
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Did Jesus have the tradition of preserving of leavening agent in mind, while speaking of the Pharisees' Yeast?

The straightforward meaning of using the illustration of yeast to apply to Pharisaical teaching is in yeast's property of spreading throughout the dough it is mixed into, to make the dough rise. Yeast ...
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In Matthew 16:24 Jesus tells His disciples to pick up their crosses and follow Him. How would they have understood what He was saying?

The word is never in the plural ; it is always 'take up his cross'. Which paves the way for doctrine . . . . 'I am crucified with Christ' : union with Christ in his sufferings and in his death. Jesus ...
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According to Catholicism, why did Jesus not name the rich man in the story of Lazarus and the rich man?

According to Catholicism, why did Jesus not name the rich man in the story of Lazarus and the rich man? There is no reason in particular, according to the Church, why Our Lord did not name the rich ...
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Meaning of the Parable of the Talents

It's absolutely ridiculous to claim the Master isn't God/Jesus as it is in the other parables of the same nature (e.g. Mt 18:23,35; 24:44,46 etc). Not to mention that the wicked and worthless servant ...
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Has a parable originally used by Jesus been left out of Luke 14?

I agree that the OP is assumming a too restricted sense of the word parable (just as an allegory with some religious or moral teaching). But I also doubt that Jesus is merely teaching here how to ...
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According to Catholicism, why did the robbers strip the traveler to Jericho?

I think it's just to give emphasis of the story. First, it certainly wasn't an impossible thing to happen. The road from Jerusalem to Jericho is a long and desolated one. Surely robbers had plenty of ...
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Did Jesus act out His parables?

There is no indication in Catholic teaching that Our Lord "acted out" any of his parables. The Catholic Encyclopedia is completely mute on this subject. The closest one can find is the Gospels that ...
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New Wine and Old Wine

Mark 2:21-22 is where we find the words about wine and wine skins. Nobody sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old outer garment. If he does, the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear ...
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According to Catholicism, why did the robbers strip the traveler to Jericho?

According to Catholicism, why did the robbers strip the traveler to Jericho? First of all, it must be stated that this story as recount by Our Lord is indeed a parable. The parable of the Good ...
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