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Friday, June 22, 2012

MMM Quotes 9: Lowell Bennion

by Seattle Jon (bio)

The Parable of the Prodigal Son, via Sacred Art Pilgrim

Does it matter if Jesus' parables actually occurred, or can they be true because they teach truth?

"Jesus' parables are creative works of art, the product of a vivid imagination and profound insight combined with a remarkable ability to articulate. Jesus observed the human scene and the ways of nature. His stories are drawn from the experiences of his listeners. His parables are true to life. Whether or not they actually happened, they could have happened just as he told them. (A sower does cast his seeds on all types of soil.) Many contain the phrase "like unto." His parables are analogous to life situations. They are true not because they actually occurred as reported, but because they teach truth." - Lowell Bennion, Jesus the Master Teacher

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