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But why did Jesus use parables?

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Religious Studies Coursework Parables about the Kingdom of God "The Kingdom of God is like a light bulb in the room. The light is in the darkness. Even though you don't see it when it is switched off doesn't mean it is not there. It only takes one man to switch it on, but it brings light to the whole room and those in it." "The Kingdom of God is like when you are taking a bus to Brighton. It doesn't matter from when or where you take it, or which seat you sit on. What matters is that it arrives at the right destination. It is the destination that counts." If Jesus were alive today he would tell a story like the ones above because a parable is a simple story about everyday life with a religious meaning. But why did Jesus use parables? Jesus was living 2000 years ago in Palestine. Jerusalem itself was only a small town. At that time the people were mostly farmers and fishermen. Simple people relied on these two professions to support their families; this for them was everyday life so they knew everything about fishing and farming. Jesus taught parables about everyday life so people to understand them. Jesus' parables were simple stories easy to remember. Most people could not remember long stories in the bible or the Ten Commandments. Being about everyday life it was easy for people to relate to them. Jesus' parables had a religious meaning about God and God's Kingdom. Jesus never really told people the exact things that would happen with the coming of God's Kingdom but used parables to teach and communicate to them. ...read more.

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Some will not listen, some will listen and forget it while some will give it up, but others will listen to the message and follow God. Despite seeds falling on paths and being eaten by birds, falling on rocky grounds and drying out, falling among thorn bushes and not producing any fruit there will be seeds that fall on good soil and produce fruit. Despite people giving up there will be those who will believe and the Kingdom of God will grow. Metaphor Represents Corn that fell on the path and is eaten by birds. People ruled by Satan that takes God's Message away from them. Corn that fell on rocky grounds and dried out. People that give up God's Message as soon as persecution and difficulties appear because of it. Corn that falls among bushes that was choked by thorn bushes and didn't produce fruit. People who hear God's Message but worry, love and desires for this life makes them forget it. Corn that fell on good soil and produced fruit. People who hear the message, accept it and follow God. "There were two roads to the fishing lake. One looked muddy and dangerous while the other looked in very good condition. Many passers took the first one while a few took the bad one. What the travellers did not know was that the good road took you got worse as you go and took you somewhere where there weren't any fish. The good one got better and took you somewhere where there were plenty of fish to catch." The parable of the Tenants in the vineyard like the one above is allegory. ...read more.

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They'd tell that nature and how life is adapted to the environment is beautiful. They'd say that each season has its own beauty. But Nature itself can be cruel. We have seen cases of flooding where people have lost their houses, and sadly some even their lives. Some people would point at how people have helped others. They'd point at those who have devoted their lives to the charities and how theses charities are supported by ordinary people. They point out at how people help each other in need and the money donations to help people in poor countries. They'd say the Sun, the wind, the rain and the sea are all beautiful things but have become so ordinary that we don't notice them any more. These people would say that miracles happen. They'd indicate at how cures have been found for deadly diseases. For example much smaller percentage of women die of breast cancer. They indicate how babies born prematurely have survived. Some months ago we had the case of the two girl twins that we joined together and were sharing the same organs. Doctors separated them, one died but the other survived. By pointing to the good things they would say that the earth could besome God's Kingdom. I agree with them. The world is beautiful and it is wonderful to live in. But I feel that there is just too much suffering in this world. From my point of wiew God would make a fresh start with the human race, in a world where there would only be goodness and joy, not suffering or tears. Therefore my conclusion is that I must agree that this Earth will never be God's Kingdom. Gerhard Ruspi 7098 ...read more.

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