When I was studying Catholicism, I heard the same things over and over again, but they didn’t click right away. Then along came someone with just a slightly different wording of the same thing, and CLICK!
For example, I read several of the popular apologetics authors like David Currie and Scott Hahn. Interesting and I enjoyed them.
But it was when I read Thomas Howard’s Evangelical Is Not Enough that I was won over. His writing style is very beautiful, and I found this more understandable than Currie’s verse-by-verse Bible study style and Scott Hahn’s arguments from history.
Thomas Howard didn’t say anything that these other guys hadn’t said already. But he said it differently, almost poetically, and that made everything clear to me. I LIKE that kind of writing better than straight talk.
In the same way, the song “Gather Us In” is very deep to me because of all the imagery, while I know that others hate it because of the imagery. I LIKE IT, and I find that it resonates with me better than Latin or straight teaching hymns. It’s just the way I’m put together. I would rather read about spiritual battle in the fiction allegory Pilgrim’s Progress than read a detailed Scriptural exegesis of spiritual battle by some great Bible scholar.
My own novels are full of Biblical imagery, even though they’re about ice skating! It’s there, underneath the story, like a treasure hidden underwater.
I’m not so wierd. Jesus used parables for people like me, didn’t He? He used sermons for other people. He recognized that there are all kinds of people!
So I think it’s worth discussing things, and allowing each of us, in our own way, to answer the questions. One of us may use the words or writing style that will make it clear to someone who has been confused or waffling.