Somebody should have told Jesus that [using parables is] not the best way to communicate effectively if what you have to say is important and needs to be understood properly. Imagine a cookbook, an assembly manual, a telephone book, directions to a destination, or a last will and testament written in parables. How about a GPS system for your car that speaks in parables? That'd be a hoot.
Yes, I do.Note how useful hyperbole and metaphor is even on this thread. Even you use it for effect.
But I don't use parables to teach, and if teaching, I use metaphor and hyperbole only to amplify plain expository prose, not as a substitute for it.
I'm all for vague language in art. Song lyrics should be written in such a style.
But I'll bet that if I were a god and made a trip to earth to give my infinitely important and critical message to my creation, one that needed to be understood clearly and obeyed to the letter, I probably wouldn't use vague language.
OK, limericks maybe. And knock-knock jokes.
"Yer gonna burn in hell, you sinning piece of crap!"