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Jesus Did Not Intend For His Parables To Be Easily Understood - Discuss.

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´╗┐Megan Clark Jesus did not intend his parables to be easily understood. Discuss. We would assume that Jesus wanted his parables to be understood as after all, he was sent to be the saviour of all mankind. The problem is, there is strong textual evidence that Jesus tried not to be understood. Therefore, if the gospels are correct, then Jesus wanted to be misunderstood which is not very compatible with being the messiah. All Jesus' parables, in one way or another, bore on a definite historical situation - the coming of God's kingdom in his ministry - and they were usually aimed at particular groups of his contemporaries. When you look at the gospels and their parables you need to have a open mind and consider things such as, what was it that Jesus really said? What did they mean for the evangelists? What purpose do they have for the gospel writers when writing their gospels and what do they mean to you? I believe that when NT Wright says, that "the function of the parable was to draw the hearer into the story and to challenge their own world view" that Jesus did not intend his parables to be easily understood. ...read more.

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Jesus himself was hard to understand so it makes sense if his teaching is just as difficult. One of the reasons Jesus taught in parables was to challenge people to think about the meaning of the story. Some people may have come to Jesus expecting to hear thorough theological sermons and would go away baffled and disappointed by the simple stories he told. No one could understand the parables unless they dedicated themselves to making the connection between the point of the story and their own lives. In this sense the parables are much more than just illustrations of a point ? they are intended both to filter out those who were not serious about listening and are also a way to bring God?s truth to life in the hearts of those who heard and understood. Jesus made this purpose clear when he said that ?to those on the outside everything is spoken in parables so that, ?they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding, otherwise they might turn and be forgiven?? (Mark 4:11-12; also Matthew 13:10-15; Luke 8:9-10). ...read more.

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Thankfully, however, they have come to the right place and Jesus teaches them what the parable is really about. We don?t know how many times He did this, but we are reminded that Jesus? intention was that those who had faith in Him and who would surrender all else to follow Him would be able to understand the parables. Jesus didn't simply it for anyone as the whole point of it is to challenge people's faith and their devotion to God. Although Jesus' parables may be initially difficult to understand, it was Jesus? intention that through them those who approach them with faith would understand important truths. Parables do have meaning, and the meaning of any parable will be about the nature of the Kingdom of God. The parable connects this principle about God?s Kingdom into the lives of the hearer by relating it to a principle of everyday life. It would not have meaning if just anybody could understand his parables - as only a true believer would be able to unpick them and reveal the hidden message. The whole point of speaking in parables in the first place was so it will show the divide on who were the believers and who weren't. ...read more.

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