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Describe from Luke's gospel how Jesus presented his teachings through parables.

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Contents page * Introduction * Ai) What is meant by the term parable? * Aii) Describe from Luke's gospel how Jesus presented his teachings through parables. * B) Discuss the meaning and relevance of parables to the belief and life of Christians today. * C) "The parables are no longer relevant for life today" Do you agree? * Bibliography Introduction The coursework is about the parables that Jesus taught to his disciples and to anyone else who wanted to learn about the kingdom of God. It is also about the kingdom of God, topics about this include how to get in to the Kingdom of God, what it is, and what it means to a Christian. Parables covered in this coursework include: * The good Samaritan * The lost coin * The lost son * The narrow door * The parable about the coming of the Kingdom of God Each of these can be found in Luke's gospel and they each have a particular meaning that means a great deal in Christians lives today. When you read this piece of coursework you will learn what a parable is and how they differ from allegories. Also why Jesus taught in parables and how this technique helped the people that he taught to understand the topics that he covered at a deeper lever than they would have done if he had just told them the meanings of the stories. Also how parables affect peoples lives today, even though they were made up over two thousand years ago. Ai) What is meant by the term parable? What is a parable? A parable is a story that conveys a teaching. The parables in the gospel are a unique development of literary form whose roots come from the Old Testament. The word "parable" originates from a Greek work, "parabole", meaning simplitude or comparison. The definition from the Collins English Dictionary of a parable is "a story that illustrates a religious meaning." ...read more.

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The parable of the coming of the Kingdom of God The parable of the coming of the kingdom of God is in Luke 17:20 - 35, in this Jesus talks about the kingdom in the present and future sense, however Jesus puts more emphasis on the future when teaching this parable to the disciples. He says that the kingdom will come in the future and also that the kingdom of God is already here, within God's people on Earth. He uses examples such as Noah and the ark, and Sodom and Gommorrah to relate the meaning of this parable in to something in which people can relate to and understand. When using the future tense in this story, he tells his disciples that one day the son of Man will come, it will be a day when people will be completely unaware of what or who he is. By doing this he is advising them to live every moment on Earth to its full potential and to treat everyone, as they themselves would like to be treated. Therefore when the future day comes, they will be ready to be received by the Son of God. The parable of the narrow door This parable can be found in Luke 13: 22-30. This parable, like others, is in response to a question asked to Jesus. As on other occasions also, Jesus answers the question indirectly, by asking the disciples what they think, this as we have learnt provoked a response and therefore making them think about and evaluate His teachings in greater detail, and so helping them to remember it more clearly and more concisely. In this parable Jesus tells them not to take entry into the Kingdom lightly, as many people will be excluded. They have to make an effort to make it through the "narrow door" as there will be a day when that door will be shut and entry into he Kingdom of God will be denied. ...read more.

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Also generally people haven't changed much and peoples attitudes towards things have mainly stayed the same and therefore if the parables were intended for people who lived over two thousand years ago, people today should still be able to relate to them if they alter the story so that it has more in common with their lives now. The meaning behind the story remains the same and can still be used in people's lives today. How it can be true? It can also be true because many people live their lives according to the moral guidelines set by the bible. For example many people respect and obey the Ten Commandments. Even though people don't always consciously choose to follow these rules they do it instinctively without realising. There are people who feel that the parables are outdated as they were created over two thousand years ago and since then society has changed dramatically. Even though the meanings and teachings behind the parables can still remain to be true, such as "love your neighbour", people usually do this anyway as they develop feelings and emotions towards someone, this remains the same no matter who it is whether it is a friend, relative or someone such as a boyfriend or girlfriend. The only part of this particular teaching that normally doesn't get used in everyday live is to love your enemy, if someone is mean and horrible to you, most people are mean and horrible back, just to show that that person can't get to you. There are also exceptions to this, as it has to be within proportion. If someone trips you up deliberately and the next day you see them dying on the floor, you would still help them, because what they had inflicted on you is minor compared to what they are going through. However there are always exceptions to the rule and people follow these guidelines and teachings as they consider themselves different and choose to live by their own moral codes. ...read more.

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