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« on: May 29, 2004, 05:08:54 PM »

What do Kevin Smith and Jesus Christ have in common? Aside from the long hair and beard, both men only speak in parables. Websterís defines "parable" as a short fictitious story that illustrates a moral attitude or a religious principle. You probably already knew that Jesus only spoke in parables. But what religious principle are Jay and Silent Bob trying to illustrate? Get ready for thisÖitís the same one. Thatís right. Jay and Silent Bob are saying the same thing Jesus was saying 2000 years ago.

According to the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 8, Jesus said, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, "though seeing, they may not see; though hearing they may not understand.'" The words Jesus was using were originally used by the prophet, Isaiah.  According to Isaiah, these were the words of God spoken to him.  Check out Isaiah, Chapter 6.  Apparently, Isaiah was instructed by God to make the heart of the people calloused, their ears dull, and their eyes closed until all is laid waste.  When all the trees are cut down, the holy seed will be the stump in the land. Luke explains that the seed is the word of God. I'm explaining that the word of God is truth.  Check out the rest of Luke, Chapter 8.

These "secrets" have not changed since the beginning of time. We know that Jesus studied the Old Testament.  Luke says that at the age of 12, Jesus was in the temple demonstrating an amazing understanding.  What did Jesus possess that so impressed the teachers of his time?  He obviously understood the truth in the scriptures that was hidden from those who had come before him. According to the Gospel of John, Jesus said, "I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you."

Jesus understood, undoubtedly through experience, that truth is absolute. He understood that truth is identifiable.  He understood that living in truth was the only path to freedom, to understanding, to God. When a man understands and lives in truth, no man holds any power over him.  His fears and  insecurities are but a memory.   This fact has been the curse and the salvation of mankind throughout history.  Although the knowledge sounds easy enough to understand, we as humans choose to ignore it so that we might pursue our own interests. Many of the worlds great leaders have come to understand truth and used this knowledge for their own personal gain.  They have understood that the "sheep" in the world are easily led astray and manipulated for their own purposes. When a man decides to use truth for his own gain, he accepts his place in the hierarchy of man.  Truth shows him that although he might control a whole nation's people, he is not the absolute ruler. His life then becomes a struggle to build and maintain his "flock".  

So why doesn't the Bible just start out by saying, "this is a guidebook that shows you how to live a happy, free, meaningful life"?  My best guess is that people still wouldn't listen. The temptation to live for solely for yourself is a strong one. When a person lives for himself, he is the center of his world.  He is, in his own mind, the most important person  in the world.  Common sense should tell us that this isn't the case.  How many of you would consider me the most important person in the world? Hopefully, none of you.  So, if we know we're not the most important person in the world, why do we focus all of our efforts on ourselves?  The logical answer is, "because no one else will do it for us".  Although logical, it just isn't true. When we live in truth, without greed, selfishness, pride, fear, and lust, our needs will be provided for.  If we choose not to live in truth, our needs will never be met.

Our society (especially here in North America) is much different than it was 2000 years ago.  Back then, stories about farming, family, and nature should have had a good chance of "striking a chord" with the listener. Yet, not many were able to hear.  So is it surprising that in today's age, few people are willing to consider, much less implement the teachings in the Bible?  Many of today's prophets and teachers know that they cannot use these "outdated" stories if they hope to connect with the people. Any ideas where Jay and Silent Bob fit into the picture?  

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