Do you view parables in the Bible as illustrations made up to get a point across or as real events that perfectly illustrated a point? Do you feel the parables in the Bible are a mixture of fact and fiction? Please give examples of parables you think are either real situations or fictitious illustrations. I'll get the ball rolling with the story of Lazarus and the rich man. I think this parable was from Jesus' memory. I think it was used to illustrate the point Jesus was making.