Its okay WillieH, various groups and people had a lot of trouble with Jesus' parables too. And I being his servant, why should I expect to not have the same reactions as my master, The Lord Jesus Christ son of Yahweh. :)
It is nice that you are His servant... I claim the same... That you might observe what I say as veiled compared to your own and deducing that understanding is yours, and not mine, ...is the active use of vanity as the measure.
I do not measure you, rather, I challenge you... the OP was filled with Unbiblical statements
and false assumptions
which I pointed out, and which you have yet to address...
As far as the Parables of CHRIST
... I do not have any trouble with the wordings of CHRIST
... but shall never claim with an audacity, that states that I have COMPLETE understanding of them, as I, in LIFE have been taught within it, ...that I always have things to learn of CHRIST
no matter what "understanding" I percieve I have gained, ...how about you, bro?
Matter of fact... If you think the Parables
are a matter of your "complete understanding"... I would just love for you to begin a discussion upon any one of them and see what you convey as the "complete understanding" of any of them might be...
And besides, the Parables really have nothing to do with the fact that the generalizations you made in your story are not true when applied to ALL in either "belief system"...
And like the parables of Christ, some are don't understand its meaning. Some however, got it easily. ^^FIRST
--- more assumption made by one who shall not address points made... SECOND
--- Like I said... no one can truthfully claim PERFECT "understanding" of any given Scripture or set of Scriptures... for they by doing so, confine GOD to further enlighten them of those WORDS
... which is an unwise "claim".
Understanding of the WORD of YHVH
is "ORDAINED" and is GIVEN
by GOD as is "VEILING
" -- Matt 13:11 -- Rom 11:25
-- and that "understanding" is not given
to an individual, does not make the individual LESS than one that has been given
it, for it is GOD who chooses "WHO KNOWS WHAT and WHEN they shall KNOW it"!
Those who "got it easily" were availed the EYES and EARS to see and hear... which should be recieved with humility and thanksgiving, ...certainly NOT to be used as a means to demean another, because they have not been given sight and hearing...
LIFE teaches this same lesson... those who MOCK a sightless person on the basis they are greater for they HAVE SIGHT or those who MOCK a deaf person on the basis that they are greater, for the CAN HEAR... are FOOLS... and PROVE that they are UNDESERVING of the GIFT they have been so blessed to have. Rom 11:25
-- is quite clear that MOST of those to whom JESUS
spoke were BLINDED by God... so, "understanding" was unavailable to them... really, ...not much has changed... MOST are yet BLIND that bear the name of CHRIST
to the WORLD -- Matt 7:22-23 / Matt 24:5
The Jews were "well meaning" and respectful in their service to YHVH
... but "understanding" beyond SURFACE observation was not given
to MOST of them, when CHRIST's
presence upon the earth was availed...
It is GOD which adds to the church -- Acts 2:47
-- men do not "add themselves" by some internal motivation originating in themeselves... it is by the IRRESISTIBLE call of GOD which "adds them" -- Rom 9:19
The "fault" God finds in those which He finds fault, is not due THEM -- 1 Cor 3:15 -- 2 Cor 5:19
-- rather is due that which they DO/say or DO NOT -- DO/say, for only via HIS WILL and DRAWING can they "do or say" according to Him and HIS WORD
This is why MANY shall come in His name bearing EMPTINESS, while thinking the works they do, and the message they bring, ...is "WONDERFUL" -- Matt 7:22
-- Thinking themSELVES, as "full of fruit"... when all the while they have centered their "doings and sayings" upon the EMPTINESS of THEMSELVES:Matt 7:22
-- MANY will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord... have ...WE... not prophesied in Thy name? and [have WE] in Thy name cast out devils? and [have WE] in Thy name DONE many wonderful works?
So the "MANY
" which (which easily could be the "damnationalists" in your "story" -- for they are "MANY
") come in the name of CHRIST
and shall be doing the very same thing that CAIN
did in the end...
-- bringing their OWN works and doings to Him... which, as with CAIN
... are UNACCEPTABLE to Him...
...Dost thou have "understanding", bro?