Lessons From Parables
In our modern times, it seems that many traditions and lessons are forgotten or caste aside. The rise of technology leads some to believe that anything old is obsolete or useless. However, some things are timeless and true. The reason is simple. Our human nature does not change.
What is a Parable?
The definition of a parable.
"A parable is a succinct, didactic story, in prose or verse, which illustrates one or more instructive lessons or principles. It differs from a fable in that fables employ animals, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature as characters, whereas parables have human characters."
The most famous parable is the return of "The Prodigal Son."
Lessons of The Prodigal Son
I am not going to repeat what the parable said or even summarize it. You can read it via the link. The important lesson is what I'm trying to relate.
The lesson is the unconditional love a father has for his two sons. No matter what the circumstance, the two sons, shown in the extreme, is to illustrate the love a father has for his sons. By extension, if you take the analogy of God as the Father and Humanity as the Sons, we are all loved unconditionally. This is a powerful message to all of us sinners.
I found the connection between this parable and the hymn "Amazing Grace" so fitting. The lesson is also a message of hope. No matter how low a condition you might find yourself, you can always go home and always rely on the grace of God.
Lessons From the Women In Adultery
This parable of the Women caught in adultery, is another life lesson that shows how non judgmental people of faith are. It is just the opposite of what is a common misconception of Christianity. Some young people today are turned off by religion and religious beliefs because they were taught how judgmental the church is regarding personal behavior.
The lesson here is also an illustration of Matthew 7:1-3 King James Version (KJV)
1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
The profound message is that we are all sinners. It is not up to us to judge others but it is up to God. We can live and learn and try to follow his teachings though they may be hard at times.
The key is Christ's message to the Women at the end - "Go and sin no more."
I'm also reminded of my Catholic teaching where you hate the sin but love the sinner.
The Good Samaritan
The Good Samaritan, is another parable that illustrate the greatest commandment of all. Love God and love thy neighbor. It is not what your position in life or your wealth that matters in the eye of God. It is how you treat others.
In Matthew 25:44 - Then they themselves also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?' 45 - Then He will answer them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.'
The Bible is the oldest book and the most important book. It contains wisdom that are timeless. I picked a few examples here but there are many others. It is wise to learn from the past.
Modern technologies such as the smart phone, the internet and Facebook are tools to help us be more productive. However, it is not a replacement for spiritual morality and friendship and faith and the belief in a higher power. It is a blessing when you can off load your burdens to a higher power.
Some More Detail Information
- The Parables of Jesus
a commentary and meditation on all the parables of Jesus in the Gospels