What would you make a law. Not Rules but Parables, Not Laws but guidance. Not harsh but Loving.
Which one to wear? Did you know some Christians debate against a crucifix?
Why teach in parables?
Did you know that in the Gospel according to Mark there are no less than 13 parables? So I got to asking, why parables? Why have we got to go through the tedium of deciphering parables? I have concluded that parables are used by the greatest teacher that ever lived, so that there is no rule book. The direction we receive and the commands we are to follow are put to us in a fashion that requires our personal imagination and interpretation. We are not to act like little automatons. We are to spend the time and energy of thought, meditation and devotion to decide what the parables mean to us. We are to decide, based upon our own experience and relationship with God, how to apply the parables to our life. We for sure have one rule in interpreting the parables and that rule is Love. The other rules would be rules of man.
Just a replica of Rio's which is just a replica of..... and so on and so on.
Parables and not Rules should guide us
One might be concerned about every Christian coming up with their interpretation. Clearly this could cause anarchy and inability to worship together. And indeed it should have done this years ago. So isn’t it amazing that the teachings of a man that truly direct us to have our own personal relationship with Him as the Christ can result in such mass congregating of followers. I would say that this phenomenon is the direct result of and proof of, first the deity of Christ and second the Holiness of the Bible. It would seem that most schisms between Christians come about more as a result of rules of man and not from the teachings of Jesus Christ. So we must stay focused on the Parables and not the rules.
Mark 4: 33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. 34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.
Would you like to be really free of the Law?
Strange but those of us, who responsibly question the Law probably already follow it.
Think hard on it,,, what would you make a law?