So what about parables? Can God use parables, myths, poems, songs, anthropomorphic or figurative language to reveal truth? According to Wikipedia, “The word ‘parable’ comes from the Greek parabole, meaning ‘comparison, illustration, analogy’. It was the name given by Greek rhetoricians to any fictive illustration in the form of a brief narrative. Later it came to mean a fictitious narrative, generally referring to something that might naturally occur, by which spiritual and moral matters might be conveyed.”
Myths, Parables, Stories
In other words, Jesus made use of and made up stories to reveal truth. Jesus had no qualms about using fiction to reveal truth to his audience. He used these fictitious illustrations to explain truth. Is there something wrong with that? Can God not use fiction, parable or a myth to reveal the truth? Jesus did it. He used parables as an example. In the Bible, God has used songs, poems, letters (epistles), proverbs, historical narratives, chronicles, apocalyptic language, etc. to reveal truth. Can we limit God in how he chooses to reveal truth? Can he not use all types of literature to explain the truth if he wants to? Of course he can!
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