What is the number one question everyone has for a believer? If God is such a loving and caring God,, why does he allow: babies to starve, people to be murdered, war, good people to suffer, etc ???
What are some answers that you would give to someone that asks that question?
Let’s see what Jesus taught us: Matthew 13::24--30
"Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn."
Why did Jesus teach His disciples in parables? Matthew 13:10-11 - "And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries off the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given".
“Another parable”… allos in the Greek, which means another like the previous.. Heteros would be another in a different light. Jesus was very consistent in His parables.
The word tares in Greek is zizanion which is a tare or plant that looks like wheat while it is growing, but when is full grown is poisonous. Notice the comma after the enemy sowed the tares. This refers back to the sower of the good seed. He knew that tares would be sowed, but he went about his business anyway. He cannot remove them until the end because He will root up the good as well. Let both grow until the end. Tares look exactly like wheat, and yet are totally different; even poisonous to the good.
Did Judas look like the rest of the disciples? Was not he numbered with the 12? Even those closest to Jesus did not know he was a tare. Church people look just like Christians, yet without Christ are simply tares.
Church relationship or Christ relationship? Simple question, isn't it?