Favorite Verse and Why

Loutzenhiser's picture

On this thread we are listing our Favorite Verses and Why they are so significant to us. Please no wandering off topic.

jroberts's picture

mark 4:30-32

to wit, "The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed. It starts out as the littlest of all seeds but grows into the greatest of all shrubs, and birds can make nests in it"

I once had a professor who said in class "If you can understand this parable, you understand the Kingdom of God." And then he said nothing else about it and went on talking about something else in Mark, probably that Jesus always told the demons to be quiet when they recognized Him as the Son of God.

It took me a very long time to figure this out, and accidentally became Catholic while doing do so, much to the chagrin of my professor, who's an Episcopal priest.

But really, if you think about it long enough, it's the most radical thing and is really absent from most Protestant theology.

You have to think about it in terms of ancient metaphysics. We see a seed as just a seed, but an ancient sees a seed as already having the thing it's going to be in it, in a way. Every acorn is an oak; the end is contained in the beginning. The implications of this are amazingly radical.