The following articles are related to the topic of PARABLE

Some Atheistic Arguments Answered

In establishing the case for the existence of God, we attempt to present clear reasoning that will lead to a rational conclusion, namely, that the universe, mankind, etc., are not self-explanatory. Rather, logical minds must conclude that a Supreme Being exists. In our approach, we are affirming a proposition for which positive evidence exists. Atheism, on the other hand, is ... read more »

The Compassion of Christ

The saying is proverbial: "People do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care." There is a measure of truth in that. Consider the case of Jesus Christ. He was the most forceful, demanding teacher who has ever lived. He was the one who taught that even one's closest family members must give way to ... read more »

Examine Yourselves!

Second Corinthians is probably one of the least frequently studied, or even read, books of the New Testament. To fully appreciate this inspired treatise, one needs to have some background knowledge of the establishment of this church, the problems that plagued these Christian people, and the relationship between the apostle and this congregation he established (cf. Acts 18:1-11). Background of ... read more »

A Brief Study of the Angel of Jehovah

One of the most intriguing inquiries into the literature of the Old Testament has to do with that mysterious being that is referred to as "the angel of Jehovah" (KJV; Genesis 16:7-14), or "the angel of God" (Genesis 21:17-19)-the two expressions having to do with the same entity (cf. Judges 6:20, 21). Exactly who was this person? What Is an ... read more »

Can I Be Happy in Heaven with Loved Ones in Hell?

"If I am a Christian, and my parents or other loved ones are not, and they die lost, how can I be happy in heaven, knowing that my family members are suffering in hell?" This is a question that has challenged the mind of every reflective child of God. There is no specific treatment of the issue in the Scriptures, ... read more »

How Will God Judge Those Who Never Hear the Gospel?

On the judgment day, what will God's response be to those who never had chance to hear the gospel? No one out of his own reservoir of knowledge and wisdom can emphatically state how God is going to judge any specific case. For example, did Judas die lost? The New Testament is clear that he perished (Jn. 17:12; Acts 1:25). ... read more »

Does 1 Cor. 3:15 Support the Doctrine of “Eternal Security”?

"A friend has appealed to 1 Corinthians 3:15 to support the idea that a Christian can never fall from God's grace eternally. He may sin, and then suffer the 'fire' of a temporal consequence, but his soul cannot be lost. Would you comment on this passage?" The larger context of the passage you cite is as follows: "According to the ... read more »

The Ascension of Christ: A Most Significant Event

The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the foundation truth of the gospel (1 Cor. 15:13-19). For that reason, occasionally the resurrection narrative has overshadowed the ascension record. But the ascension event is of equal significance, and careful attention should be given to it. Prophetically Announced A thousand years before the Savior's birth, David prophesied the ascension of Jesus ... read more »

What Is a Publican in the New Testament?

The term "publican," as rendered in earlier versions (e.g., KJV/ASV), and "tax collector," as found in later translations (e.g., NIV/ESV), translates the Greek word telones. The term is found twenty-one times in the New Testament and only in the first three Gospel records (the Synoptics). Roman Taxation System The taxation systems of the antique world were elaborate and complicated. When ... read more »

The Folly of Extrapolating Analogy

An "analogy" is a form of thought by which things are compared.Analogical thought involves a broad "comparison" spectrum that is manifested in several varieties.The simile, the metaphor, metonymy, the parable, and the similitude are all forms of analogical expression. Scripture speaks of the person who meditates day and night upon the word of God, and suggests that such a one ... read more »