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What do these verses mean to you?

Mark 4:11-12 (King James Version)

11And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

12That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
MT 11:25, MK 4:11-12 Jesus thanks God for hiding some things from the wise while revealing them to "babes." He says that he uses parables so that the meaning of some of his teachings will remain hidden to at least some persons, and specifically so that they will not turn and be forgiven.

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Asked by sugahmamma at 9:01 PM on Oct. 18, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • It means exactly what it says. Why don't you ask your goddesses?

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:03 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • in nowhere does it say Jesus thanked God for keeping wisdom from the wise.

    Answer by armywife43 at 9:16 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • The first : I believe is referring again to babies before there spirit leaves heaven as well as to prophets or those who have written in the bible. As well as to those of the One true church which is spoken of or referred to constantly through out the bible.
    The second: is saying That even though one may not understand they should be taught and shown the way so they may be forgiven of sin
    The last one.In every bible worship religion they believe children are closer to god.A lot of people believe children can see spirits, No wrong from right and are the smartest people in society and that we believe they are not intelligent because the have no motor/socializing skills. So more or less that babies know-more than the old and that babies know gods plan and what is in store but it forgotten over time as we leave our innocent state.
    This is what I have been taught in church and not my personal beliefs.

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 9:42 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • What about when the bible says that we are born into sin? How does that relate? (thank you for answering)

    Answer by sugahmamma at 9:47 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • It's important to read these passages in their context. But okay the first verse Mark 4:11-12 was actually originally from the old testament in Isaiah 6:9-10 and God was telling the prophet Isaiah to go and tell this to the people (Israel) - again have to read in context and probably the passages before to know what was going on at that time.

    Next Matthew 11:25 - again should read in its full context - in the previous passages Jesus was speaking about where He had gone and done most of His miracles.. and these towns rejected Him and would not turn from their sins.. then He went on to say what this verse says.

    The unlearned, those like babes (not actual babies) would be able to understand and learn what He was teaching and the meaning of His teachings (many were parables). Think of it this way... a little child when you are teaching them... especially when they are first learning things.. the alphabet, their numbers


    Answer by bonn777 at 9:54 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • cont.. etc. they keep asking for more they want to learn more.. when you have 3, 4, 5, 6 year olds and their favorite word is why, why about everything.. it's their wanting to learn more... now lets talk about teenager, young adults and people with lots of education.. teenagers when you try to teach them something they reject it walk away because they alredy know it all.. they don't think they need to learn anymore.. and as people get older it doesn't change.. that need to learn is not the same as when they were babes, toddlers, children.. so when where He had shown His miracles etc rejected and refused to change (basically rejecting His teachings) was when He said the next passage in Matthew 11:25.

    Answer by bonn777 at 9:57 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • Thanx, but I have read the passages in its context again do not assume. And lets not forget that this is just the King James version.

    Answer by sugahmamma at 9:59 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • Wasn't assuming... since others will also read the question and answers was saying to read in context.. some will only look at the verses you posted and not look up the rest... also I looked in other translations.... Complete Jewish Bible, New King James, New American Standard , New Living Translation

    Answer by bonn777 at 10:05 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • oh ok. then I apologize.


    Answer by sugahmamma at 10:23 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • no prob...

    : )

    Answer by bonn777 at 10:52 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

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