I am continuing in Chapter 2 of John Eldredge’s book: Waking the Dead.
Jesus is lauded as one of the greatest Teachers of all times, but look at what He taught and how He taught. He taught us about a sower in a field, a woman who lost a coin, and lepers healed and only one being grateful. So what is all of that supposed to mean?
Yes, we know Jesus used parables, in fact, at some point the scriptures say “to hide real meaning.”
Well, but, some of His followers came around to the real meaning and some of us have come around to understand the real meaning of His teachings. So, why did Jesus have to use an indirect method, parables?
Why did Jesus not just plainly lay out the facts and let everyone know what the end game was/is and be done with it?
If you look at the events surrounding Jesus’ life and truly listen to His Words, we see that so many of those around Him did not want to hear the plain facts, the real truth, and especially the religious hierarchy of that day who were in control.
Eldredge says that when you tell a story, you speak to the heart. He is right. People love to hear stories. That’s why Hollywood has made it so big, so long. Acting the story out drives the themes of the story home in a more impactful way. Look at the success of YouTube and copycat sites like it.
Eldredge says the best stories are the ones that bring us the Eternal Truths. But then he explains some concepts that tripped me up the first time I read Waking the Dead. He explains that the Eternal Truths take the form of parable, or a term G. K. Chesterton used, “fairy tale.” Here is the term that tripped me: “myth.” I’ve always equated myth with lies or legend and not verifiable data. That’s what tripped me.
More on myth next.