Parables & Metaphors
Most Christians are familiar with the Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. But few have an understanding of the Gospel according to Jesus! Why did Jesus teach the Good News using parables?
For example, it is recorded in Matthew 8:21-22: "Another disciple said to Him, 'Lord, first let me go and bury my father.' But Jesus told him, 'Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead'." What is the key to understanding this short phrase?
In another example Jesus says in Matthew 10:34: "Do not think that I came to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword." What is the figurative meaning of the word "sword"?
Figurative parables, phrases and words have a double meaning. One is the obvious meaning while the other is hidden. Other figurative words that Jesus used and are explained in the gospel include: water, food, dead, demons, leprosy, clouds, earthquakes and stars to cite a few.
About The Book
What is the gospel or "good news" that Jesus taught? What is the figurative meaning of words such as "sword", "leprosy" and "water" for example? Did Jesus raise people from the dead back to a physical life? Did Jesus feed thousands with a few loaves of bread? Is there a figurative understanding to the miracle parables? Did Jesus confirm that sin is original? These and other Biblical quesions are addressed and explained by Jesus and presented in this study for the reader's contemplation.
The information provided herein is based on the premise that the Gospel (the Good News) is the revealed Word of God and as such, it carries inspired and sacred messages and teachings and should be understood from a spiritual perspective not a physical or material viewpoint. These first four books of the New Testament contain the sayings of Jesus or sayings that are attributed to Jesus. They also include the sayings of Jesus' disciples. This study is therefore based primarily on these first four books of the Gospel.
None of the Gospels were written during Jesus' lifetime or even shortly thereafter. There are likely two reasons for this. One is that the early followers of Jesus were probably illiterate. They were fishermen and laborers, not scribes and priests. Their language was Aramaic, and maybe they spoke some Hebrew but certainly would not know how to read or write Hebrew or Greek. The earliest existing manuscripts were written in Greek or Hebrew by educated Christians who were former Jews living in Greece.
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