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Sorry, to start with a verse some verses preceding yet very much in the context, please, Right? :
Mustn't one interpret verses from Jesus, if these or literal/physical or metaphorical, supported by some other clear-cut, unambiguous, straightforward and unequivocal verses from Jesus, else, it will be a disrespect to Jesus, please?Sorry, to start with a verse some verses preceding yet very much in the context, please, Right? :
15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
By "God" in the above verse Yeshua means most certainly "God the Father" neither Yeshua himself nor the Holy Ghost/Spirit, one gets to know, please, Right?
What are the principles to know parable from the literal, please? Right?The parable of the rich man and Lazarus again illustrates Luke’s concern with Jesus’ attitude toward the rich and the poor. The reversal of the fates of the rich man and Lazarus illustrates the teachings of Jesus in Luke’s 'Sermon on the Plain'
The oldest Greek manuscript of Luke dating from ca. A.D. 175–225 records the name of the rich man as an abbreviated form of “Nineveh,” but there is very little textual support in other manuscripts for this reading. “Dives” of popular tradition is the Latin Vulgate’s translation for “rich man”
16:30-31 A foreshadowing in Luke’s gospel of the rejection of the call to repentance even after Jesus’ resurrection.
The parable of the dishonest steward has to be understood in the light of the Palestinian custom of agents acting on behalf of their masters and the usurious practices common to such agents. The dishonesty of the steward consisted in the squandering of his master’s property and not in any subsequent graft. The master commends the dishonest steward who has forgone his own usurious commission on the business transaction by having the debtors write new notes that reflected only the real amount owed the master (i.e., minus the steward’s profit). The dishonest steward acts in this way in order to ingratiate himself with the debtors because he knows he is being dismissed from his position. The parable, then, teaches the prudent use of one’s material goods in light of an imminent crisis.
I think it is concerning Judgement Day, as Yeshua repeats the same sentiments that the Patriarchs will be in the Kingdom and many will be kicked out (Matthew 8:11-12)...
Matthew 13:12-13Matthew 13:12-13.
What are the principles to know parable from the literal, please? Right?
Did Jesus tell any, please? Right?
"Jesus' parables have one theme "Jesus' parables have one theme, the Kingdom of God 'is like'. And through lived situations of the listeners illustrates this. There is the question as to whether a parable goes back to Jesus himself or as some scholars think they may not go back to Jesus but represents the theology of the later church.
While many elements are due to church sources, they have been added to a basic parable spoken by Jesus. Many of the parables may be compared with those found in the Gospel of Thomas in a more primitive form.
Did Jesus tell that his parables have one theme, please? Right?
Did Jesus create any clergy and said that Yeshua was unable to express things with clarity himself so was leaving such things to be explained by them, please? Right?
So that means that Lazarus and the rich man were not real people but the story was about things that the Jews of the day understood, hades, bosom of Abraham, more than one section in hades, conscious souls in hades etc.
correct, the rich man and lazarus were not real people....Jesus was creating a story to teach a spiritual truth. But incorrect to say Jesus was using their false beliefs in his parable.
It was a story about final rewards, and a reversal in the spiritual status, or condition, of those represented by Lazarus and by the rich man.
The rich man represented the spiritual leaders of the day while Lazarus represented the people who lived under the authority of the religious rulers.
I would say that is too narrow an interpretation. It is relevant to us also and what could be our fate if we do not love our neighbour.
But if Jesus was not using false beliefs in His parable, why do JWs say they are false beliefs that He was using in the parable?