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Parables And Evolutionary Theory

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Posted by Harvey on December 8, 2004 02:53:21 UTC

I am just curious. The parable of the sower was not about farming so why would you think the parable of the stewards would be about banking?

Actually, it was a parable of farming, and it was a parable about investments, etc. That's why they are parables. They take a subject matter that people are familiar with in their daily lives, and then it uses that subject to explore subjects having to do with God, his kingdom, his word, etc.

It would appear that you think that Jesus said each parable only once.

Not at all, in fact, I doubt that was the case. However, it is also true that many people recalled different parables and that some parables were written down and someone might have agreed with the parable but found other subjects that their oral tradition recalled was said in that parable, etc. The point is that parables are stories that have wide range of interpretation and can be used to cover different subject matters using the same or similar parable. The limitation of that interpretation must be consistent with the direct sayings of Jesus and the apostles. Of course, we also have the Holy Spirit, so we can analyze the scriptures and see areas where different interpretations are needed to satisfy our current knowledge. So for, example, Paul's teachings about slavery, while not necessarily commanding slavery, should never be glossed over as 'appropriate' to today. In other words, slavery is wrong and had Paul had the insight that we have today, would have surely condemned it.

And therefore the record of a parable must be identical if it is truthful.

Why? If a group of people heard the parable and passed down that parable to others, then they might feel compelled to adopt an existing parable to be what they heard in their oral tradition.

If you look for truth you will find it.
If you look for errors you will only fool yourself.

Who's looking for errors? I'm looking to apply Jesus' words to modern knowledge and seeing how those words apply to this knowledge. As it turns out, Christianity has a lot to say about evolution since Christianity is actually about a religion that required an evolution of understanding to breakaway from the teachings of the Torah.

Jesus raised people from the dead. If someone didnít believe it was because they choose not to believe, not because they missed some fine point in the Bible text. It is the same today.
There is proof enough if you give it a fair chance. If someone searches only for errors it shows that they have chosen what they desire to believe. It does not take long for them to fulfill their desire. Once someone starts toward the dark side blindness follows quickly.
One might wonder why the Priests did not change their opnion when faced with someone who could raise the dead instead of being willing to break the Biblical law and kill Him. It is amazing how deep the blindness can be and how unaware the blind are that they are blind.

Well, that might have been okay for the Jews who knew of Jesus and his miracles, but when Paul went to Greece and Rome miracles were no big deal. Resurrection of the dead was not uncommon and certainly miracles (or claims of miracles) were not uncommon either(e.g., Simon Acts 8:9).

"You seem to be searching for truth as am I.
Perhaps when we have found it we will find that we agree. If that is the case it would seem we both have a long way to go, but it is a journey well worth taking."

Just curious. Be honest. Are you searching for truth or are you searching for more information to confirm what you already know and have little doubt? I think creationists generally search for articles written by scientists who express occasional doubt on a popular evolutionary mechanism or popular evolutionay view at the time. I wouldn't call that kind of process by a creationish as a truth-seeking process.

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