• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Study of parables taken from Luke's Gospel

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

GCSE Religious Coursework Contents Introduction: page 1 Question ai : pages 2 - 3 Question aii : pages 4 - 11 - parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector: page 5 - 7 - parable of the Good Samaritan: page 7 - 8 - parable of the Sower: page 9 - parable of the Lost Son: page 9 - 11 Question b: page 12 - 15 Question c: page 16 - 17 Bibliography: page 18 Introduction This coursework is about parables taken from Luke's Gospel. I plan to investigate different areas of parables. Starting from what the term parable mean. Then I will move my studies to discussing the meaning and relevance of parables to Christians today. From there I will focus my work on debating about whether parables are still relevant today. GCSE Religious Coursework Question ai - what is meant by the term parable? In the dictionary the term parable is described as "a story told to illustrate a moral or spiritual truth". The term parable also has a more significant meaning to it. Parables are some of the best stories, which are known to us from Jesus. There are many different parables or stories such as "the good Samaritan" or "the lost sheep". The word "parable" means "to put beside" or "to compare" and it describes a type of story, which has a parallel meaning that you could put along side it. The word "parable" derives from the Greek word "parobles". These stories were not fantasy tales but were taken from everyday lives. The old explanation for the term parable is parable " an earthly story with a heavenly meaning". It is very easy to recognize why parables are described as " comparisons" because in many parables there is a popular theme associated with comparing the kingdom of God with objects and people. For example in the parable of the "lost son" also known as the "prodigal son". ...read more.

Middle

While the man was planting these seeds they fell into different places. Some fell on the pathway, which were eating by birds or trampled on. Some seeds fell on rocky ground and is had no moisture so died. Whilst some seeds fell on bushes of thorns, so when they grew they were choked. Others fell on good fertile soil so when they grew they produced 100 grains each. In this parable the seeds are the word of God. The first seeds represented people who hear the word of God, and then the devil comes and takes the word away from their hearts. The second seeds portray people who receive the word of God with joy, yet have no stability so when temptation comes they fall. The third set of seeds show people that hear the word of God, accept it but are choked by their cares, riches and pleasures. The last set of seeds show the people who heard the word of God, accept it and use it well in their lives and make a difference to others. The message or moral of this parable is that the Kingdom of God will be successful in spite of all frustrations and difficulties. The parable shows the frustration of the labourer with the weeds, greedy birds and rocky ground, yet it still shows the contrast with the picture of a rich harvest. The parable however still has an allegation interpretation where different types of soil represent different hearers of the message of Jesus. People understand that the allegorical meaning was given by the Church when the parable was used for teaching new converts about Christianity people are asked to reflect on "what kind of soil am I?" This tends to miss the original, simple truth of the parable. The parable of the Prodigal Son Another parable, which explains Jesus' teaching on the Kingdom of God, is the "Lost Son" or "Prodigal Sin". ...read more.

Conclusion

The parables of Jesus were told in a very different environment from ours. Today, nevertheless they still contain important moral truths. For example the story of the Good Samaritan, which talks about being prejudice and discriminating against others. Even today we still live in a world where particular people are discriminated against. However when we read parables such as the Good Samaritan, we learn to deal with this problem. Another parable that is self-evident in showing the moral contained in them is the parable of the Lost Son. This parable talks about forgiveness, repentance and acknowledging your faults. This is related to today because there is so much sin, even in Christians and this parable helps us to realise that God can still love us, and let us enter his kingdom. The parable of the Sower is another parable that still shows a powerful moral truth. The parable talks about people and the Word of God. The moral is that when we hear the Word of God, we should not be the "hearers alone, but the doers of the word." This is still relevant today because there is even more temptation today that 2000 years ago. Some people argue that we live in a very sophisticated world today and that stories do not really have a place. However it should be clear that stories occupy a very important place in our hearts and lives today. These parables are still relevant because they still challenge us to reflect on our own values in relation to each other and to God. Another point to consider is that parables are not able to deal with modern issues such as disease, environmental issues and modern warfare. However, we must take into consideration that parables are great works and their characters and situations have a correspondingly universal quality that can be understood by anyone today. This is because they deal with the basic needs of human beings. We do not need special insight to understand the parable of the lost son, or the parable of the good Samaritan, their meanings are obvious as read them. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Prejudice and Discrimination section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Prejudice and Discrimination essays

  1. Compare and Contrast 'Maternity', written by Lilika Nakos and 'The Lemon Orchard', by Alex ...

    "The men were walking through an Orchard of lemons and the sharp, bitter-sweet smell hung gently on the night air." The oxymoron stresses the brutality of man and tranquility of nature as Alex la Guma's use of the adverb 'gently' further emphasizes the harmony in nature.

  2. What is a Parable? EXTENDED COURSEWORK

    In the New Testament, Jesus used simple and short story Parables to exploit the hidden meanings behind it. An 'allegory' is a representation of abstract ideas or principles by characters, figures or events in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form. They can have more than one central point of teaching.

  1. Germany's guilt alone? Andorra-a play about National Socialism or a parable about prejudice and ...

    The Andorrans believe, stereotypically, that Jews are greedy, unpopular, possess no emotion and only want to work with money. The Carpenter is forced to take Andri on, but he reproaches Andri for a piece of bad work, even though he knows that Andri has not done that piece purely to discrimate against him.

  2. Social issues in The United Kingdom.

    Positive discrimination undermines the achievements of minority applicants who are accepted on their own merits; it is patronizing and suggests they cannot be employed on merit alone. It will also create the impression that a minority applicant was successful only because of positive discrimination.

  1. Explain what Christians mean when they say Jesus is Son of God.

    But it also reminds of the story of the suffering servant (Isiah 42:1), which tells us that Jesus is going to suffer and die. The story of the transfiguration takes place on top of a mountain, as this was a common meeting place with God and symbolizes being closer to God.

  2. Ethics Coursework

    Another debate about sexism is the fact the Roman Catholic Church and the Greek Orthodox Church refuse women to ordain. If the roles of men and women are to be equal, then why can't women become priests in these two churches?

  1. Religion and life coursework

    The religion teaches that the natural thing for everyone is to get married and have children. Anyone who does not do this is violating their dharma (duty). Homosexuality is unacceptable for most Hindu's. When the aids epidemic first hit India in the late 1980's, people did not understand the cause, and wrongly believed that it was a disease of homosexuality.

  2. From a study of British history, can we say that Britain is a racially ...

    The immigrants had been aware of the discrimination that they may suffer or had been suffering. Yet they all stayed in the country, as the conditions in Britain had been much better than from their own country. The immigrants still want to stay in Britain regardless of the violence and abuse that they suffer from.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work