I have been noticing a trend among those who I thought believed the Bible from cover to cover. That trend is dismissing the parables of Jesus as mere stories rather than inspired portions of Scripture. I have read where they rationalize that because it is a parable, it cannot teach doctrine.
Jesus taught in parables for people to understand heavenly things with the use of earthly illustrations. He taught practical and doctrinal things within these parables, yet I am seeing people cut and paste the parables of Jesus in order to teach their theological system such as dismiss the thought of a literal hell or relating the conditional love of God the Father to the father of the prodigal son because it is a parable. I cannot be so gutsy as to say I have the authority to reinterpret God’s Word.
I am not writing this to stir up strife. For those theologians out there, I would love for you to weigh in on this subject.