There are 88 verses in the Bible mention parables.
He (Jesus) told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, “they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!” - Mark 4: 11-12
The Sixty-Fourth Dictum.
Pythagoras saith:- How marvellous is the diversity of the Philosophers in those things which they formerly asserted, and in their coming together [or agreement], in respect of this small and most common thing, wherein the precious thing is concealed! And if the vulgar knew, O all ye investigators of this art, the same small and vile thing, they would deem it a lie! Yet, if they knew its efficacy, they would not vilify it, but God hath concealed this from the crowd lest the world should be devastated. - Turba Philosophorum Part 2 Hermes
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.
Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat
and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore.
Then he told them many things in parables, - Matthew 13: 1-3
Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables;
he did not say anything to them without using a parable.
So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet:
“I will open my mouth in parables,
I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.” - Matthew 13:34-35
The disciples came to him and asked,
“Why do you speak to the people in parables?”
He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of
the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.
Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an
abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have
will be taken from them.
This is why I speak to them in parables:
“Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
“ ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’
But blessed are your eyes because they see,
and your ears because they hear.
For truly I tell you, many prophets and
righteous people longed to see what you see
but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it. Matthew 13:10-17
Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
incline your ears to the words of my mouth!
I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings from of old, - Psalm 78:2
As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable,
because he was near to Jerusalem,
and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. Luke 19:11
1. And he said, "Whoever discovers the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death." - Gospel of Thomas
Jesus said, "The shadows of this world are perceived by mortals, and they think they know Truth,
but the Reality which casts the shadows is hidden from them, and they do not perceive the Light.
I tell you the truth when I say that only when you perceive shadows as shadows,
and search the Light, will you perceive the Reality which is God." - Sayings of Jesus: Gospel of Thomas
28. Jesus said, "I took my stand in the midst of the world, and in flesh I appeared to them.
I found them all drunk, and I did not find any of them thirsty. My soul ached for the children of humanity, because they are blind in their hearts and do not see, for they came into the world empty,
and they also seek to depart from the world empty. But meanwhile they are drunk. When they shake off their wine, then they will change their ways." - The Gospel of Thomas
“The learned may penetrate into the significance of all oriental mysteries, but the vulgar can only see the exterior symbol. It is allowed by all who have any knowledge of the scriptures that everything is conveyed enigmatically, i.e. esoterically.” — Origen, 2nd century theologian
"I will place it where it will not be recognized by the foolish, nor ignored by the Sons of the Doctrine, for it is the key, the perfection and the end." Turba Philosophorum Part 1 – Hermes
"To conceal the truth by myths prevents contempt of the foolish, and compels the good to practice philosophy." — Sallustius, 4th century philosopher
Doctrine are its cloak. The simple look only at the garment — that is, upon the narrative of the Doctrine; more they know not. The instructed, however, see not merely the cloak, but what the cloak covers.” - The Zohar, iii., 152; Franck, 119.
The world desired to worship rather than to think, to pray rather than to work. Christ as a personal god, as preached by Peter, was understandable by the mob; but Christ as a universal principle as originally revealed by St. Paul was incomprehensible. Christianity became a lazy man’s faith and from its peculiar psychology was created those modern attitudes which are now threatening to ruin a civilization. Christianity became a competitive doctrine and a religion of special privileges. Uncurbed by reason the absurdities have compounded until with their present magnitude they threaten the stability of civilization. ~ Manly P. Hall
The bishops of the church were mortal men instinctively desiring power and authority, and they sacrificed the spiritual doctrines of Christianity to temporal ambitions. The majority of mankind neither desires to improve itself nor to support an organization which demands a high degree of integrity. The outer body of the church increased to the degree that the standards of Christian living were lowered until at last, promising everything and demanding only temporal support, the church gained temporal power at the expense of spiritual authority. It is for this reason particularly that the Christian thinker must never confuse the Jesus of Nazareth with the Christ of the modern church. Nor must the Christian thinker permit the clergy to interpret for him spiritual matters of which the clergy itself is ignorant. - Manly P. Hall (A Monthly Letter December 1936)
But if fraud succeeds and reaps a golden harvest, all of the blame does not rest with fraud. A person stupid enough to be deceived, and waiting with open purse for some fantastic personality to come along and fleece him, is certainly a party to the crime. People fundamentally honest, in either material or spiritual matters, are not easily fooled. It is the streak of dishonesty in human nature that makes fraud profitable. People desiring something they have not earned are almost certain to lose in their effort to get it. It is the stupidity and cupidity of millions that sustain corruption in every department of society, and religion cannot remain pure and undefiled while the men who make up the belief are in themselves corrupt. ~ Manly P. Hall (A Monthly Letter April 1936)
"O you proud Christians, wretched souls and small,
who by the dim lights of your twisted minds
believe you prosper even as you fall." Dante, Purgatorio
“The foolish - thinking in their heart that if they confess, "We are Christians," in word only but not with power, while giving themselves over to ignorance, to a human death, not knowing where they are going nor who Christ is, thinking that they will live, when they are really in error - hasten towards the principalities and authorities. They fall into their clutches because of the ignorance that is in them. For if only words which bear testimony were effecting salvation, the whole world would endure this thing and would be saved. But it is in this way that they drew error to themselves....” - Testimony of Truth: Codex IX (Nag Hammadi Gospels)
9:2: There are men satiated with worldly learning, who have fallen into the pit dug by their own books. They are gorged and uncomfortable; their diversity of opinions and thoughts confuses them. The study of the Sacred Scriptures is not for the curious; it is useless unless the student knows where he is heading, his destination, unless he has an end in view. Though the truth within the Sacred Scriptures is unalterable, can never change, the revelation can always be interpreted according to man's progress. The hidden truths are to be made available to man whenever he is ready. The spiritual man who is truly awakened sees much more in the words than the commonplace man, who many see no more than the letters and words. Yet words are a forest, in which man can easily lose his way. Fine sentences and a grand manner of expression may just be a lure and a covering for the pit and stake. – (Kobrin Manuscripts: Chapter 9 – Book of the Silver Bough: Elidor on the Sacred Scriptures)