Originally Posted By: Tutor Turtle
TT, when he was asked why he spoke in parables, I take it that his response was pure sarcasm. In effect he was saying: You ask a dumb question, I give you a dumb answer. Yes, Jesus had a sense of humour, IMO.
It (Jesus' answer) was anything but sarcastic.

TT, are your sure you know what Jesus had in mind? If so, what is your evidence. I am more than willing to to take a look at it.

Me? Am I sure that I know what Jesus had in mind? Absolutely not.
My observation about his comment being a mild form of sarcasm was based on the fact that I find almost all of his parables filled with self-evident truth. For example, the parable of the Prodigal Son--more properly called, the parable of the two sons.

TT, keep in mind, I am making the effort to understand you. Does this make me a swine?

You respond, "Making the effort does not."

Well! I appreciate your ... What do I call it? Diplomacy? Now, diplomatically tell me what on earth do you mean when you say:

You say, "However, serious application of ignorance to life is what Jesus was referring to when he used the term swine."

Does this mean that you feel I am ignorant of life? Or what?

You say, "His reference was to the fact that a pig cannot be anything other than a pig. Humans on the other hand can evolve beyond the simplistic animal behaviors and reactions to sense oriented ideas and habits."

I am intrigued that you seem to be so sure that you know what Jesus had in mind.

You go on, "Your first reference to Jesus being sarcastic doesn't favor your intelligence, only your misunderstanding."

If you are saying that I lack intelligence, all I can do is ask your indulgence. smile

When you say, "As such, Jesus would refer to you as not incapable but without sufficient awareness to decipher the obvious as he saw things."

Now, tell me: Where can I apply to have this "sufficient-kind" of "awareness"?

Then you conclude, "Some are quick to catch on and others have become conditioned to their sense of time and habit, and do not move far from the pen..."

Regarding your explanation of my deficiencies, that makes everything very clear. Thank you! (Mild sarcasm intended! smile

Edited by Revlgking (07/10/08 05:07 AM)