From: Debbie Mann (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Jun 16 2003 - 22:03:23 EDT
BlankI feel a little guilt over my last comment. I have tried to listen and
debate the position of the Bible without opinion. However, my heart has an
opinion. I use scriptures throughout every day to help with many aspects of
my day. I am addicted. My head opinion is of course influenced by my heart
My combined opinion (head and heart):
God provides the simple to confound the wise.
Matthew 13:34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables;
and without a parable spake he not unto them.
That's a strong statement. The reason is given that He was uttering secrets
that were kept secret since the world began.
Luke 12:2 says that there is nothing hidden that will not be made known.
This theme of the secret or the hidden is more than an evening's Bible
Jesus is The Word. The Bible is The Word. Jesus said nothing to the
multitude that was not in parables.
I think the thesis is pretty clear hear.
The Bible was written for our learning that we might have hope - but it was
not written as a primer with clear, unambiguous information. It was
intentially set up to require faith to peal away the layers of the onions.
Jesus personally explained the meaning, on at least one level, of each of
his parables to his disciples. They didn't get it. Over and over they didn't
get it - and they had full time tutoring for years.
By the way, the Bible sure doesn't teach much that's positive about falling
in love in a romantic sense. Is there one positive story about boy meets
girl, they fall in love and live happily ever after? Jacob and Rebecca is
about the closest I can come up with.
Debbie Mann, PE
Debbie Mann Consulting
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