The same is true with evolutionary teaching today. Many times kids are exposed to so much teaching in schools, that they don't even realize when a scientific theory conflicts with creation teachings in the Bible. Like the Big Bang theory for example. But, I will write more on evolution/creation later. But, the Bible itself, which is the infallable Word of God, has come to be doubted and dissected by many in our world today. This is a sad situation because our faith in God often rests in what we know of Him. How can we believe in a God we have never heard speak? How can we hear without a preacher? How can he preach without a word to preach?
Romans 10:14-15 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not
believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how
shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be
sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the
gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
If the Bible is to be taken apart and twisted into a collection of parables and errors, then we have no basis for believing anything that has been preached. The Bible is given to testify of the living God through His Word. It has been said that a man is only as good as His word. We have not seen God in the flesh, nor the flesh of Jesus. How can we know Him without His written and preached Word? In essence, people who don't believe the Bible is infallable, inspired and preserved by God, are believing in God without believing in His Word. That is an impossibility. How can you believe in me, if you don't believe my words? What is it about God that you believe, if not His word? Its fine to say you believe He exists. But, if you can't believe in His Word, and you can't believe that He would keep His word infallable, then you are doubting His omnipotency. If He gave or inspired His word to be written, and allowed it to be lost in translation, filled with lies, or otherwise distorted, then He is not very powerful. Basically, to deny the authority of scripture, is to deny the truth of God's delivered Word.
Saying the Bible is a collection of Parables is like saying the internet is a network of chatrooms. There are chatrooms on the internet. But there is so much more. Likewise, there are parables in the Bible. But, the Bible is written in a number of genres. There is poetry, History, Sermons, Speeches, Manuscripts, Prophecy, typology, and parables, of course. But, notice that all the parables are labeled as parables specifically. There are types and symbols, too like in the Revelation of John, but we are given the actual symbol / reality coorespondance as in when he says that the 7 stars are the ministers of the 7 churches in Jesus' hands and the 7 candlesticks are the 7 churches...Jesus is standing in the church. John labels the symbols consistantly. Not all symbolism has the answers given, but it is presented as a mystery. This does not mean the Bible is a collection of mysteries.
There is a big difference in the Parables of Jesus and the rest of the New Testament. He specifically calls them parables and stories. But, He isn't calling the whole Bible a parable. If that were the case, then we have a parable of a man telling parables. An example of old testament parable-telling can be found in both Judges 9 -The Parable of the trees and the Bramble, and in 2nd Kings 14 -The Parable of the Cedar and the Thistle. I always found them humorous examples of war politics (much like the relationship between America and the Soviet Union when we were operating under Senator McNamara's MAD Doctrine in the 70's. Mutually Assured Destruction is definitely an adolescent game of chicken.) These are short anecdotes found in political speeches between leaders and soldiers to make their braggadocious points with metaphors. Again, if the Old testament is a collection of Parables, then we have a parable of a man telling a parable.
My favorite examples of poetry are the Hebrew Chiasms. There are a number of those, but I think my favorite is found in Acts 17:24-25, which is part of Paul's sermon on Mars Hill to, ironically, men who did not believe in his God.
"God that made the world and all things therein,
seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth,
dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing,
seeing he giveth to all life, and breath,
and all things;"
Notice that it is like a rising and falling crescendo. It begins and ends with God making everything in lines 1 and 6. Then lines 2 and 5 have parallel thoughts, and lines 3 and 4 say the same thought.
There are great sermons in the New Testament especially. My favorite is probably Steven's sermon
(which got him stoned) and Paul's sermons and Peter's too...I guess they all are
my favorite examples. They are fun to read. Some, like many sermons today, can be quite lengthy. Jesus' sermon on the Mount is definitely the crown jewel of sermons.
Solomon gave a Speech of Dedication for the Temple, and Jeremiah wrote a manuscript, which was burned by
the first King who read it. He had to have his notes reconstructed by his assistant. My favorite historical books in the Old Testament are those of the Kings and Chronicles. Of course, the two Samuels and the towo Kings were at one point called the four books of the Kings, because they are in sequence as the history of Israel. But, they cover the same historical period as the two Chronicles,but the Chronicler is recording the history of a nation, emphasizing the deeds of Israel and it's kings, while the 2 books of Kings (and the Samuels) deliver the deeds of God and the prophets, with the emphasis on the miraculous wonders of Israel's God. They will zoom in on an event that seem insignificant in Israel's history, which the Chronicles may leave out. One is decidely political and the other is a religious work. I have a neat book that is a Harmony of the Kings and Chronicles, much like a Harmony of the Gospels. Very useful.
What are you listening to right now? Me, or my written words? Which one do you agree or disagree with...me, or my written words? A man or woman is only as good as their Word...and so is a God...whether He is speaking or writing. Think of the Bible and what it holds. If it truly holds the Words of a God, then it is truth. If it is not a true Word, then it is not of God's making, because Jesus claimed to be Truth.
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
Job 32:8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the
Almighty giveth them understanding.