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Parables.Describe from Lukes Gospel, how Jesus presented his teachings through Parables.

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Parables Introduction In this coursework, I will be outlining the main meaning of the term 'parable', and finding out what it means to many people in the world today. I will be concentrating on three main sections: What the term Parables mean and where it originated from, how Jesus presented his teaching in Luke's Gospel, and talking about the meaning of parables to Christians today. Parables are one of the most important means that Jesus used when communicating with the people of Israel, to spread the word of God. People liked to listen to stories rather than long sermons or talks, and Jesus' parables helped them to develop their own conclusions. This meant that even people who couldn't read and write were able to remember the one message or meaning in the parable. Parables were short, sharp and straight to the point, making the listener sit up and think for themselves, helping them to develop their own personal understanding about Jesus' message. What is meant by the term Parable? A Parable is a simple story with a clear teaching. The word Parable originates from the Greek work 'parobole' meaning a comparison, and mainly has one meaning. For example, 'The Parable of the Mustard Seed' - teaches us that the Kingdom of God would grow from small beginnings into something big and significant and protection for people. ...read more.

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What this Parable is trying to say is that the seed is Jesus' message and that everything will grow from there, people's faith, people's freedom, and gods kingdom will finally be fulfilled. But Jesus changes this Parable into an allegory, when he talks about the seed being the word of God and the various types of soil being peoples different responses. The Lost Son Luke 15:11-32 The Lost son is a Parable about a father who equally divides his Land between his two sons. One of his sons decides to sell the farm and spend it on luxury goods away from, where as the other son works hard and make sure his crops grow well. The other son spends all his money and can't find a decent job so he ends up working with pigs - the lowest job or rank you can be in Israel - working with pigs. He goes back home and his father rejoices and prepares a great banquet to celebrate the return of his son. The other son is enraged and questions his father about it. The father replies 'My son was lost, and now he is found.' The father treated the son like an honoured guest - the robe was a sign of honour: the ring was a rich gift and a sign of position and authority and the fatted calf was kept especially for the arrival of a special occasion. ...read more.

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Also parables help many people think and develop their own understanding about the Kingdom of God. Whereas on the other hand: Parables could make it more difficult to understand the meaning behind the stories for many of the children because it talks about seeding and farming, and does not talk about the moral issues of life. If I had to explain to a group of teenagers the story about the Good Samaritan, I would base it in modern day society. For example: 'One day, there was a man walking from Balham to Clapham south station when he was attacked by a couple of youths who stole his wallet. A Priest walked by and saw him but just crossed the road and carried on walking, then a doctor walked by and saw the man but just carried on walking, but then a refugee from Afghanistan, who was getting pressured and bullied by the council and community, saw the man and took pity on him. He gave the man shelter and warmth and paid the doctors to treat him.' In conclusion, despite some problems of interpretation, the main teachings of the parables are relevant for life today, this is because human nature has not really changed. Nina Hurhangee 11 Miranda ...read more.

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