“10 And when [Jesus] was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. 11 And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, 12 so that“‘they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven.’”” Mark 4:11-12 (Note that even though this was ‘quoted’ by Jesus as coming from some text, no Christian scholar has been able to figure out where the quote came from and so thus there are no cross references)
According to the earliest written gospel, Mark, the reason why Jesus spoke in parables is to purposefully and intentionally and sneakily (deceit) hide the way to be forgiven for your sins. It was hidden code that would only be given to the inner group of the elect, or the chosen secret society. Think about it…. What was being said here was basically that there were other people who could hear about these lessons, come to an understanding, and then repent and be forgiven, but it was intentionally being hidden from them so that they would not come to understand how to be forgiven. Why? So that they would instead be punished “eternally in hell” for not finding the secret, hidden way (per the New Testament). Isn’t this favoritism and deceit to the extreme? This God “of secret code” doesn’t seem to be the God that would transcend time and cultures or would be a God who loves all of His creations and hopes that all would repent and return.
Per Mark’s verses, “We have the answers and everyone else is doomed to be eternally tormented forever and ever, ha ha ha. Just try to figure out how to get out!”
And, what is even more sad by these verses is that there is no remorseful statement from Jesus that he considered this a bad thing that some of God’s creation would not be forgiven and experience everlasting life, and nonetheless, intentionally blinded.
I guess we are taught to love and help our enemies, even to save them, but Jesus doesn’t appear to want to follow that same model that he taught, but rather he felt more justified to try to damn his enemies. Yep, to him, sending them to hell was much better than trying to teach them how to be forgiven and have peace with God.
- “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.” Luke 6:35
So, is this loving to hide emergency, saving information from those who are probably blindly walking in unintentional sin? And, even if they were sinning, maybe they didn’t even know it was wrong, but needed someone to come alongside of them to help them to see the way to truth. Isn’t that suppose to be our heart?
Does this sound like the God of Israel? It doesn’t to me. I see in the Tanach that the God of Israel freely forgives and wants people to be saved. He loves everyone and cares deeply for His creation, even His animals. Let’s look to the classic example of Nineveh, sin city of the world (Las Vegas would be mild compared to them). Did Nineveh receive a parable from Jonah, some secret code that they didn’t have a clue what it meant? Did God desire for Nineveh to repent, or did He desire to have them be “eternally tormented in hell fire?” The God of Israel loved even the people of Nineveh, in all their sin, and wanted for them to realize the truth and come out of their sin and turn to Him. He gave Jonah a plain message to tell the people what? He told them to repent only and God would forgive and save them. No blood magic sacrifice. No believing in a future human sacrifice. No giving him money. No working off their debt in prison. No torture. No lightning strikes down from God. Zero. All they needed to do was realize their sin, feel sincerely bad about it, and repent (which means they understand it was wrong and they’ll attempt to not go down that road again).
Read the book of Jonah and see how loving the God of Israel is, even to His enemies. He has no desire for them to perish. And, He wants everyone to know how to return to Him. Quite the contrast to the NT.