A different interpretation – I like it better

From one of the Books I am currently reading, “How to KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON”: “…It’s in the parable of the sower where Jesus talks about the farmer who sowed some seed. Some fell on the side, some fell on stones, some fell on thorny ground, but some fell on fertile soil. It’s a ministry metaphor saying, “Keep sowing the seed. Not all of it is going to grow up, but you should keep sowing it.”

See, I always think and / or heard others explanation on this teaching by Jesus meant that “some people can’t make it” but “some other people can” ( and only those “fell on fertile soil” ). I feel, for this explanation, it seems make sense descriptively; but I always feel something not quite added up. Upon close examination, it seems this explanation have tendency to imply that “you should through your own work/effort to achieve salvation”, it’s like a voice always remind yourself in your head saying: “be careful to watch yourself. Are you the seed feel on fertile soil or not?”

After I read this different interpretation, it feels like a fresh air. How true! and how dangerous the old explanation can be! No to the analogy of “seed” to “person”.

A bonus question: It is interesting about the “seed” is singular ( not “seeds” ). Makes you think, doesn’t it? ^_^ What do you think the “seed” in this parable refer to? šŸ™‚

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Read Mark 4

The contrived paradoxes

Today, after a long time I went back to the Christain group I was baptized in Shanghai ( I missed many of them ). 

In a sharing by a brother mentioned an example of “God and the big rock ” challenge—-basically it is an attempt to challenge our conviction of “God is all powerful and unlimited ability ” (1). The sad thing is that, the brother gave the response, finally ( maybe, because an imperfection if our language) sort of gave in : Yes,our God is not unlimited and all powerful, in the meaning that Him will always choose that things should do and not those things should not do. 

Actually, that’s one of the reasons I don’t want to do sharing because it very easily say something I myself regret later or I myself think stupid.

I want to give a better way to this kind of set up: if God can not build a rock then he is not powerful enough, if God can build a big rock that himself can lift up, then he is again not powerful enough / limited .

Let’s consider an other case, think about the question: who do you think that can build a rock that him or herself can not lift up? Humans! It is true in a literal sense also true in an anogorical senses–think nuclear weapons. We built it, thanks to the energy and power hidden external to our biological body and we use our gifted talent to unlock them . What I want to emphasize is that , we may well “built” the “rock”, but the “bigness ” –the thing make it possible to be “bigger ” than ourselves, is not what we produced or created. They come from external sources. 

So, back to the original setup, it kind easier to see now the logic flaw about the question, because the asker(s) don’t understand the concept of God; because God is by definition all powerful and unlimited ( I doesn’t mean he do not also do kind and morally things ) , you can not ask Him to build a big rock that bigger then Himself, because all things come from him, including all the particles, nuclear mechanism and energy. 

To ask this kind question to a human, it might well be an exercise to our mental and logic reasoning; to ask this directly to the lord, you “put a test to the Lord ” maybe without knowingly doing so.
Though, I don’t exclude there is other kind useful paradox, that can help us to see and correct things and even increasing understanding.