Question: Doesn't the Bible use visual language? Didn't Jesus speak in parables and expect us to visualize? | thebereancall.org

Question: Doesn't the Bible use visual language? Didn't Jesus speak in parables and expect us to visualize?

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Question: Doesn't the Bible use visual language? Didn't Jesus speak in parables and expect us to visualize?

Response: No, it does just the opposite. The Bible is, in fact, unique for its non-visual language. When you go back over the Bible and compare it with a novel, you will find that the Bible offers few descriptions, even in the parables. God's Word is written in the simplest of literary styles upon which objective truth can be hung.

When you read something written by a novelist, you see in your mind a picture that the novelist is painting. This is a legitimate use of the imagination. An architect properly visualizes, as does a dress designer. If you think, however, that you can create reality with your mind or you can get God to do something for you, manipulate Him, then you've stepped over into the occult. God creates out of nothing while man is limited to the use of what God has created. To prove that fact, try to visualize a new prime color in the rainbow. It can't be done.

 
 
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