Finding Truth in the Parables – By Maralene and Miles Wesner

The Bible is full of stories. Some are historical and factual, meant to be taken literally. Many others are parables about spiritual and moral issues, meant to teach a deeper lesson.

We don’t necessarily know which stories are factual and which are not. Often, however, it doesn’t matter; the meaning is what’s important. Unless the story can be applied in our lives today, it’s useless. Paul said, “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16).

This verse tells us that the information in the Bible is there for a purpose. When we read or hear scripture, we must let it speak to us in a personal way. Unless the passage helps us answer our questions or solve our problems, then it’s not God’s word to us.

As we deal with fifteen of the most popular and well-known Bible stories, let’s get beyond the facts to the meaning. The Bible is not a historical book or a scientific book; it’s a theological book. The truth is in the lessons it teaches.

This way of studying the Bible requires both thought and prayer, but it’s essential to Christian growth. Always ask the following questions: What is the purpose of this passage? Why was it included in the Bible? What deeper meaning is it trying to express? How can I apply this scripture in my everyday life? Most importantly, how can it speak to me today?

(If these parables are presented as a series of sermons or lessons, this Preface may need to be used as an introduction to explain the format and the purpose of each one.)

Maralene and Miles Wesner

Maralene and Miles Wesner

Multi-talented teachers and prolific writers, the Wesners are known for their no-nonsense style, their clear illustrations, and their willingness to face controversial issues. From the dual perspectives of both academic and religious professions, they seek to be a bridge between the spiritual and the intellectual worlds.










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