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Symbols, Metaphors, Similes

by Gail Kennedy Keffer

"But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;" I Corinthians 1:27

Symbols, Metaphors, Similes. What are they? Well, almost anything can be made to stand for something else. A symbol is defined as a sign, a figure, an icon, an image, or as a representation. A metaphor is a figure of speech often used by poets where a comparison is made between two objects that can appear to be very different, but actually have something in common. A simile is defined as a symbol, an image, an allegory, or an idiom. Why did Christ teach us through these things? According to 1:27 Corinthians God uses these things because we are the simple people who need to have simple things to help us understand. We cannot ever fully comprehend God’s power, but we can see glimpses of it through many items in nature. We can look out at the rain in the spring and see God. Or, we can complain because it is raining. We can look at the beauty of the leaves in the fall and see God, or complain because we know winter in coming.