"What are your fees?" inquired Guyal cautiously. "I respond to three questions," stated the augur. "For twenty terces I phrase the answer in clear and actionable language; for ten I use the language of cant, which occasionally admits of ambiguity; for five, I speak a parable which you must interpret as you will; and for one terce, I babble in an unknown tongue."
Charlie really has this, like, obsessive death wish ! Yes! he, he wants to be caught, processed, put in a can, not just any can, you dig, it has to be StarKist! suicidal brand loyalty, man, deep parable of consumer capitalism, they won't be happy with anything less than drift-netting us all, chopping us up and stacking us on the shelves of Supermarket Amerika, and subconsciously the horrible thing is, is we want them to do it...thomas pynchon
All that passes is raised to the dignity of expression ; all that happens is raised to the dignity of meaning. Everything is either symbol or parable.
Christ does not save us by acting a parable of divine love; he acts the parable of divine love by saving us. That is the Christian faith.
The final authority for evaluating a parable is the parable itself.
A parable is a form of communication, a dialogue between a narrator and listener
Jesus of Nazareth could have chosen simply to express Himself in moral precepts ; but like a great poet He chose the form of the parable, wonderful short stories that entertained and clothed the moral precept in an eternal form. It is not sufficient to catch man's mind, you must also catch the imaginative faculties of his mind.
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs , and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. And when his disciples asked him what the parable meant, he said “to you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables so that ‘seeing they may not see and hearing they may not hear'.
Where is he that is born king of the Jews ? For Amalek he took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations; the first and the most powerful of the neighbouring nations - but his latter end shall be that he perish for ever.
And he looked on the Kenite, and took up his parable, and said, Strong is thy dwelling place, and thou puttest thy nest in a rock.
And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this.
And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own slaves that summer is now nigh at hand.
Moreover Job continued his parable, and said, As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment ; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul ; … All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils ;… My lips shall not speak wickedness , nor my tongue utter deceit .
And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old.
Hear another parable: There was a certain householder , which planted a vineyard , and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower , and let it out to husbandmen , and went into a far country : And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. Bible , in Novum Testamentum Graece. (The New Testament, etc.) Gr. & Eng (Google eBook), p.30
In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed it from me! turning away he hath divided our fields.
Among the many advantages: parable attract, and when fully understood are sure to be remembered...; Parables greatly help the mind and thinking faculty...; Parables stir up, or excite the affections , and awaken consciences as when hell in parable is set up as a furnace of fire , and conscience by a gnawing worm; Parables arrest and hold attention ...; Parables preserve the truth ...And mere words are constantly changing their meaning, whereas the symbols of life and nature , as such as our Lord used in His parables, are as abiding as nature and life themselves.
The parables are not to be handled as if they were a storehouse of texts. Each parable must be seen with its own distinctive peculiarity , and any analogies made must be real, not imaginary, and substance to the main lesson of the parable.
The parable of the Tabernacle : The Holy Spirit is our authority for Affirming that the Tabernacle, which Moses reared in the wilderness was parable of a more glorious heritage . ”The Holy Spirit this signifying...the first tabernacle... was a figure (Greek, parable) for the time then present. (Hebrews 9:8,9)...The main features of the Tabernacle was its three-fold division – a trinity in unity : The Outer court...; The Inner court…; and the Inner Most Court or Holy of Holies.
The subject of this parable is, the Church , - the congregation of believers , - with reference to the experiences and qualifications necessary to secure the high honours of the world to come. It refers to a state of things preceding the second advent of Christ and having special regard to that great event.
Built on sand, lacking a firm foundation, unstable, ephemeral, from the parable in the Bible (Mathews) of the two houses founded respectively on rock and on sand.
Christ said "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" and when asked "who is thy neighbour? went on to the parable of the Good Samaritan. If you wish to understand this parable as it was understood by his hearers, you should substitute "Germans and Japanese" for Samaritan. I fear my modern day Christians would resent such a substitution, because it would compel them to realize how far they have departed from the teachings of the founder of their religion.bertrand russell
The parable of a man greedy of this world is the parable of the silk worm: the more it winds the thread round itself the farther it becomes from salvation, until it dies of grief.