Knowing the Bible for Yourself (Pt. 7)
God has always emphasised that which is important through repetition, He did in with the Law by giving Israel in effect, four complimentary books of the Law (Exodus – Deuteronomy), and He does it again in the New, giving to His people four complimentary books of the Gospels. As one reads through the Gospels, one will notice that whilst they are very similar and alike, they are not exactly the same. Some things that appear in one book, for example, will not appear in another. How are we to harmonise the apparent discrepancies and contradictions that appear between them? Can something be said in two different ways and yet at the same time, both ways be correct? What also of the parables? Are we free to interpret them as we wish? Is it okay to use allegory when seeking to interpret them?
In this second and final teaching part exploring the Gospels, we provide some answers to the above questions as we continue our studies looking at how to harmonise the Gospels and interpret the parables of Jesus.
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