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Why Did Jesus Increasingly Use Parables?

It seems strange to me and many others that Jesus used parables instead of just telling them straightforwardly. Why? Let’s read the passage and some notes. Matthew 13 Jesus Teaches the Parable of the Sower 1 Jesus went out of the house that same day and sat by the seaside. 2 Great crowds were gathered around him, so he went into a ship and sat, while the whole crowd stood on the shore. 3 He…

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A Few Thoughts about Truth for 2022

Thinking about truth for 2022, I jotted down a few thoughts for my study. There are, according to neo-classical thought, three basic philosophies of truth. The neo-classical theories of truth (Source) The correspondence theory—The basic idea of the correspondence theory is that what we believe or say is true if it corresponds to the way things actually are – to the facts. The coherence theory—A belief is true if and only if it is part…

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A Few Thoughts about the Importance of Truth

There is truth, and there is lie. There is light, and there is darkness. Jesus declared: B1 About truth: John 14:6 WEL Jesus explains to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. B2 About lie: John 8:44 NIrV You belong to your father, the devil. You want to obey your father’s wishes. “From the beginning, the devil was a murderer. He has never…

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A Few Thoughts about Truth, Critical Thinking, and Guilt

“Absent reason, faith will simply be based on emotion. We will never out-emote the pagan,” said Steve Deace. The conscience is collectively becoming seared. People will not/cannot admit they are their own problem. The Sower B1 This parable is found in Matthew 13:3-23, Mark 4:3-20, and Luke 8:4-15. B2 Jesus teaches C1 That the Gospel is preached and has an effect. C2 For some, it is D1 Hearing but becoming distracted, forgetting, and not responding.…

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If everyone has their own truth

This is not meant to be good logical form. It is just the thoughts of an old man. – If everyone has their own truth, how can we have communication? If everyone is talking, but it means different things, how can we have trust? If no one has trust, how can we have love? If no one has love, how can we survive? – There is a better way. Reality. Truth is reality. – Reality…

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A Few Thoughts about Suppressing Truth Version 2

Romans 1:18 NIV The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness. B1 Suppress C1 The Greek word is κατέχω katéchō. It means to prevent free movement. This movement is bound and held down. It also means to repress (Wuest). C2 The truth is deliberately being held down, repressed, and prevented from being acknowledged and revealed. C3 In our passage,…

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A Few Thoughts About Suppressing the Truth Version 1

Romans 1:18 NRSV For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of those who by their wickedness suppress the truth. Words B1 Truth C1 The Greek word is ἀλήθεια alḗtheia. It means reality, the actual state of affairs. Things and happenings that are not concealed (Strong G227). C2 Mark 5:33 EMTV But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him…

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A Few Thoughts About the devil’s Methods

2 Corinthians 2:11 WEL Fearing that Satan would take advantage of us, for we are not ignorant of his schemes. What are some of the devil’s schemes? From the article, Temptation: The Ordinary Ways the Devil Attacks Us by Kathleen Beckman (beware Roman Catholic), I quote: The devil tempts us to sin by several means: deception, accusa­tion, doubt, seduction, and provocation. These are ways of disquiet­ing us and of arranging circumstances that will likely stir…

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A Few Thoughts About Lying

What is truth? B1 Truth is reality. If I hit my thumb with a hammer, it hurts. That is the truth. B2 Articles: C1 Truth as a philosophy. You can find much here at Sanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and search for truth. This is the link. C2 From a Christian viewpoint, Thomas Aquinas wrote much. See here “Truth by Thomas Aquinas (pdf). C3 Search at Bethinking concerning truth. The difficulty in knowing truth B1 Why…

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A Few Thoughts About Exposing Sin

1 Corinthians 5:1-7 WEL It is commonly reported that there is sexual sin among you, and such sexual sin as is not even mentioned among the Gentiles that one should have his father’s wife. 2 And you are proud of this? You should have mourned instead, so that he who has done this deed might be removed from you. 3 For truly I—while absent in the body but present in spirit—have already judged, as if…

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