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Parables

Discussion in 'Christianity in General DIR' started by Mindonfire, May 18, 2006.

  1. Mindonfire

    Mindonfire Member

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    Parables

    In order to truly comprehend the events that have been taking shape in this world, Believers must first be able to understand the significance of Jesus’ parables. Unbeknownst to most, these parables deal with the time of the end. They are very important instruments which can be used to understand the state of the world and the people who inhabit it.

    We must first understand that Jesus’ parables are not constrained by time. Contrary to some popular beliefs, these parables were not restricted to a historical Israel. These parables encompass the whole world. No one is exempt and no one is left out. Now in order for us to understand this point, let us first define parable.

    Definitions (Merriam Webster)

    1. Parable: (n) : EXAMPLE; specifically : a usually short fictitious story that illustrates a moral attitude or a religious principle

    2.
    Moral: (adj)1 a : of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior : ETHICAL *moral judgments* b : expressing or teaching a conception of right behavior c : conforming to a standard of right behavior d : sanctioned by or operative on one's conscience or ethical judgment

    3.
    Religious: (adj) 1 : relating to or manifesting faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity *religious attitudes* 2: of, relating to, or devoted to religious beliefs or observances *joined a religious order* 3 a : scrupulously and conscientiously faithful b : FERVENT, ZEALOUS

    4.
    Principle: (n) 1 a: a comprehensive and fundamental law, doctrine, or assumption b (1) : a rule or code of conduct (2) : habitual devotion to right principles *a man of principle* c : the laws or facts of nature underlying the working of an artificial device 2 : a primary source : ORIGIN 3 a: an underlying faculty or endowment *such principles of human nature as greed and curiosity* b : an ingredient (as a chemical) that exhibits or imparts a characteristic quality 4 capitalized , Christian Science : a divine principle : GOD

    From its definition we can see that a parable is a short story which is told to illustrate a moral attitude, or mindset or a religious principle. Or better yet, One can say that a parable is:

    A. a usually short fictitious story which is told to illustrate a principle of right and wrong in behavior, : ETHICAL (Moral 1a) or attitude or a religious comprehensive and fundamental law, doctrine, or assumption (Principle 1a).

    B. a usually short fictitious story which is told to illustrate a
    conception of right behavior (Moral 1b) or attitude or a religious rule or code of conduct or devotion to right principles (Principle 1b1&2)

    C. a usually short fictitious story which is told to illustrate a
    standard of right behavior (Moral 1c)
    or
    attitude or a religious law or fact of nature underlying the working of an artificial device (Principle 1c)

    D. a usually short fictitious story which is told to illustrate
    one's conscience or ethical judgment (Moral 1d) or attitude or a religious principle

    Before we continue, there is a general misconception which needs to be addressed. In order to completely understand the term (
    religious principle), it is important for us to understand that religion or being religious does not always involve the worship of a deity. If you will look at the definition you will see that religious also relates to, manifesting faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality. This means that whatever one has acknowledged and faithfully devoted themselves to in this world as their ultimate reality, becomes their religion. Since this is the case, those who adhere to Communism, Socialism, Fascism, Democracy, or any other form of government or system are practicing a religion. So whether they realise it or not, everyone is religious and everyone has a religion.
    As we can now see, a parable is all inclusive. Whether right or wrong, all humans in this world are governed by morals, and all humans are governed by religious principles.

    Now, when One reads a parable there are certain steps that One must take in order to comprehend it. First, One must identify the elements or characters. Each element, or character in a parable is always symbolic of various things, people or conditions of the current world. Secondly, Since each element, or character is symbolic, one must then correctly match it to that thing or things, person or persons and condition or conditions that is present in the world. For example, in the parable of the sower (Matt 13: 3- 8) the sower is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the thorns are the worries of the world, the seeds are different groups of people etc. After this is done the individual should be able to better understand the parable

    Finally, if you will notice, the various themes of Jesus’ parables are always constant. They do not change. All of his parables deal with people and their present states or conditions. This is because spirits and conditions are constant. People may die, but spirits and conditions will remain. You will always have the spirit of foolishness or foolish people (
    Matt 7:26). You will always have people with various talents (Matt. 25:14-30). You will always have good Samaritans (Luke 10:30-37) And you will always have evil and unforgiving people (Matt 18: 23-35) This is the main reason why those who theorise that the parables of Jesus are limited to a historical Israel are greatly mistaken. Evil, good Samaritans, talents, foolishness, and wisdom are not limited to a specific sphere or a historic time period. These are all spirits and conditions which are always recurring.

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    To know the unknown, One must first know the Known

    Luke 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.





     
  2. Mystic-als

    Mystic-als Active Member

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    I agree with your statement
    "Contrary to some popular beliefs, these parables were not restricted to a historical Israel. These parables encompass the whole world. No one is exempt and no one is left out."

    Some parts of the bible are purely contextual but Jesus' parable are definitly not.

    I have an issue with the end times part of your explination for parables. But that isn't a go to heaven or hell thing. So all in all.
    Nice article.
     
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