|Mark 4:12 |
12 'That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; otherwise they might turn, and repent and be sent away.'"1 [This verse seems to conflict with a loving God, which the footnote explains.]
1 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; otherwise they might turn, and repent and be sent away. This is one of the most curious verses in the Bible. The quoted verse in Isaiah 6:10 is they might repent and be healed.
This New Testament verse is typically translated as "forgiven," yet the original Greek for this verse has the word afeyh, which has nothing to do with forgiveness; instead it clearly means to be sent away. The translators had no clue how to resolve this complete tear in their doctrines, and so they chose a word that was compatible with their beliefs: forgiveness, which is closer to the "be healed" in the text of Matthew and Isaiah. However, if God didn't want people to receive forgiveness or be healed, they wouldn't, and there would be no necessity to keep them from hearing; there is no automatic healing or forgiving. So why is He speaking in parables to prevent them from hearing and repenting?
The correct translation: that seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; otherwise they might turn, and repent and be sent away. " Sent away" is under His control, and makes more sense because even if they did hear and repent, He would still send them away. However, that brings up another question: why would the Lord not want certain people to understand his parables? And if they did understand and repent, why would He send them away? Everyone knows that God is a loving God and he is forgiving; "to be sent away" just doesn't sound like a loving God. We have scripture and teachings that seem to contradict this being sent away:
In the previous verse 11 to this one, the Lord has told us that through parables he is hiding the message of the gospel to those "outside." Why? Because unless the Lord first determines that a man has a love of truth by his responses to his quiet, anonymous pleadings to depart from evil, and unless the Lord has then given that man a hunger for God, then that man does not have the motivation necessary to continue on the cross to death of self. The Lord further explains in the Parable of the Sower immediately following this verse in Mark Because of afflictions and persecutions, or the cares of this world, or the deceitfulness of riches, or the lusts for other things, (verses 17 and 19 of Mark), he then stops his seeking God, failing to finish building the tower, (the temple inside of his heart); and then at his death he would be sent away to outer darkness. His time in outer darkness could be much longer and more difficult than if he had never heard; and in love of all men, God tries to spare us of this failure; he tries to spare those incapable of carrying their cross to death, who might turn, and repent and be sent away. Plus, a man's failure to bear the cross to death of self affects others who witness his failure, as Jesus described:
If any man comes to me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters — yes even his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
And whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.
For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost to see if he has the money to finish it?
Lest, after he has laid the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will mock him,
Saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.' Luke 14:26-30
From the Word of the Lord within: "He will give root to those who seek him a third time. Until you look me in the face, and then return to sin, you can come back to me."
The problem is for those who fail to come back to him, or for those who have become so pure, they have looked him in the face and then returned to sin. After someone has tasted the power of God and goodness of the word of God, Jesus within them, should they return to the world, they will have betrayed the Just One within them. They will have sold Jesus for money, or pleasures, or possessions, or the approval of men; just as Judas sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Jesus, speaking of Judas said, "woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born." Matt 26:24. George Fox also stated in Letter 25 and Letter 211 that any of the early Quakers who had started in the true way and returned to the ways of the world or the deficit sects, would suffer a similar fate.
All you that have known the way of truth, and tasted of the power of the same, and now turn back into the world's fashions and customs, you stop those who are coming out of the world, you make them to stumble at the truth, you make them to question the way of the Lord, which is out of the way of the world, and its ways; and you grieve the righteous, and sadden the hearts of the upright and simple. You had better never have known the way of light, life, and power; you are the cause of many keeping in darkness; you are the cause of the boasting of the wicked, and make the wicked to take you for an example, and their object against truth, and them that live in it, to plead against its ways.
And you who are turned from the light, with which Jesus Christ has enlightened you, and turn to the hireling priests who are changeable,from the priest who never changes, you walk in Judas' steps, and woe will be your end; you had better never have been born, you are betrayers of the righteous;
Similarly we are counseled: Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and so be identified with those who miss the mark, 1 Tim 5:22. When you are completed and walking in the kingdom of God, you may have the power to transmit the beginning measure of the Holy Spirit to individuals by laying on of your hands. The caution here is to wait and be sure you are led by the Spirit before doing so; otherwise the person on whom your lay hands may return to sin, which would disgrace the way and the truth, and that person would be worse off than if they had never heard the way of truth.
Only God knows who is capable of bearing the cross to death of their sinful nature, and God draws those men. The parables only appeal to those whom God has drawn, and only those who have been drawn will seek to understand the parables.
A fair question would be: "then why are parables now being clearly explained to everyone in this web site?" The web site is a voice in the wilderness of the internet, one of millions of web sites. The only people who have arrived at this point in the site, are those who have a strong hunger for God, those whom he has drawn and given the hunger to seek Him. So, the site speaks to those on the "inside" not the "outside." Those on the "outside" read a few sentences of this site and flee to sites that support the lies their itching ears have embraced.