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If Jesus wanted everyone to know what he was talking about, he would have spoken plainly. He spoke in parables to separate those who were spiritual minded from those who were more literal minded. He also spoke in parables so he could speak about sensitive issues in a way that would allow him to speak openly without getting shut down (though they still tried ...


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ISTM that Paul is saying to avoid any type of [actual] evil. I say this because in the context he urges the Thessalonians to examine everything first. In other words, prior to examination one doesn't know if something is actually evil because it could be: 1) something that appears good and is actually good. <-- hold fast 2) something that appears good ...



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