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Lessons From Parables

Updated on October 26, 2016

Introduction

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 The rise of technology leads some to believe that anything old is obsolete or useless.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.

-Aug. 2015

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."

Amazing Grace

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.'

Summary

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.

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      Jack Lee 2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Robin - Thanks for the insight. I think some technology is leading us down the wrong path. I just published a new hubbook on Reaching out to Millennials.

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      Robin Grosswirth 2 years ago from New York

      If you want to reach gen-x, you have to be relevant, and of course, that means technology, which appears to be counter intuitive to your message in this hub. Kids today lack the attention span and communication skills to engage as we had and still do today. They are a less touchy-feely breed.

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      Jack Lee 2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Robin - I'm sorry to hear you lost your faith. I hope you find it again. Social media is a misnomer. The new technology makes people less social and I hope young people realize it. I read from your profile that you are a teacher. I'm trying to reach millennials in some of my latest hubs. I wonder if you have any insight as to whether my message is getting through.

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      Robin Grosswirth 2 years ago from New York

      Voted up as "interesting."

      Wouldn't it be great if common man really subscribed to the dogma underscored in these parables you showcased here on the hub?

      I understand persecution in the worst way, being judged and convicted, being harmed, punished, shamed, and humiliated.

      I lost my faith in god. I used to be quite spiritual, but no more.

      Regarding the technology of today, it is subtractive as related to human interchange.