Re: why did jesus speak in parables delievering the word of god ?
i dont know if parables are a good way of understand deep truths.. it seems to me that plain speech would be better suited to that ?
i liken it to explaining something complicated to a child.. you talk on a level they understand.''
Yeah, IF you're talking to a child who can only grasp a truth on a child's level that would be good. But IF you want to convey a deeper truth it helps to use speech that requires some amount of adult thinking and a parable can work wonders!
We are western world gentiles. A good bit of what's puzzling to us is because we don't have the knowledge and understanding of Hebrew speech and thinking in ancient times. A LOT of what we get screwed up or puzzled over was plain speech to the Jews when it was written. That's why it's not always good enough for us to just know what the Bible says (that's easy), but we sometimes need to study to better understand what some things means, or at least what they meant at the time and to the people it was written. For instance, the Commandment "You shall not kill" has caused a lot of anxiety for western world Christians but what the Hebrew word actually meant was "murder".
Thankfully, none of that puzzling stuff is crucial to fully understanding the plan of salvation.
Dee, maybe it would be good to shift this one to the other forum.??
I don't have a Phd, not even a BA. But I do have a DD214.
Common sense is an uncommon virtue