Originally Posted by amesj523
He did, did he?
From my understanding the bible is written on several levels, and one thing always stuck in my mind:
"No one comes to the Father except through me"
Who is the Father? Who is "me."
Jesus chastizes his disciples repeatedly when then take him literally.
"I only speak in parables," says Jesus at one point.
His whole life and existence was a parable; a teaching story. His "true" followers would have written the gospels in the same fashion.
That's very imaginative, but I do not believe that Jesus' goal was to live an allegory. He gave words for living that even the uneducated could understand. This is where the gnostic argument comes short. Gnosis is some sort of secret knowledge only attainable by revelation. Jesus brought practical teaching for fulfilling the demands of the Jewish law.