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Religious Parables will always be relevant

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The importance of the parables can hardly be overestimated. They comprise a substantial part of the recorded preaching of Jesus. The parables are generally regarded by scholars as among the sayings which we can confidently ascribe to the historical Jesus; they are, for the most part, authentic words of Jesus. Moreover, all of the great themes of Jesus' preaching are struck in the parables https://www.christianbiblereference.org/jparable.htm
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I think the answer to whether or not Parables are still relevant needs one to take a general look at the parables Jesus told. Having done this carefully I have to say that on the whole I agree with this statement. Most of his parables still have a relevance today in someway. I feel there are bound to be some parables that have lost their meaning throughout out the years due to changes in lifestyle and the general way we look at life. I think that most of the parables are in fact relevant. For example the most well known of all the parables “The parable of the Good Samaritan”. In this parable we are told that we should love our neighbor whether or not we are friends with them or if we even know them it doesn’t matter and we should still be prepared to help them
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What is your favourite Parable that Jesus told?
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My absolute favorite one is The Parable of The Sower""A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up. But when the sun rose they were scorched and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.
But still other seeds also fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."
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There are several parables of Jesus that I frequently recall to mind - the sower and his seed, the good Samaritain, the prodigal son.
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What is amazing about Jesus's parables is that as you go along in life you understand more and more of what Jesus was saying. You apply his parables to new situations. They easily recall to mind when you are in the middle of life and suddenly you are struck by an image
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My favorite is the one about the king inviting people to the wedding banquet.I love it because of what it reveals about human nature and what it reveals about God.
Matthew 22:1-14 — Wedding Banquet
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I like the parable regarding the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) that’s read worldwide by believers and unbelievers. It's a good guy, bad guy scenario that people identify with.
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My favorite is the one about the king inviting people to the wedding banquet.I love it because of what it reveals about human nature and what it reveals about God.
Matthew 22:1-14 — Wedding Banquet
YES! See the thing is many people see God as harsh and distant. But actually he is throwing a party and inviting us to join him. Many weeks in church, especially during communion, I recall Jesus's image of the wedding feast, and I am so excited to go there, to celebrate as a redeemed creature with God's people.
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I’m not sure if it’s my all-time favorite, but one that really sticks out to me is the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector, Luke 18:9–14:
Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else
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The parable of the prodigal’s brother. Of course, most people and even the publishers of Bible tend to wrongly believe the message has to do with the reunion of a rebellious child to his loving and forgiving father, seeing this as God’s message of love and forgiveness for sinners who repent.

Parables can have several meanings, but are not intended to. They are meant to convey a clear truth to the specific listening audience.
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The Parable of the Sower. Jesus explains it so well to the disciples about how different people have different reactions and why, when they hear the Word of God. He explains what is actually happening in the spiritual realm: Some can’t understand the Word because the devil stole the understanding from them. Others receive the Word with joy, but don’t last because they have no root - they endure for a short time but when trouble or persecution comes, they quickly fall away. The next category of people also received the Word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of riches choked out the seed/ Word that was planted in them, and they ended up becoming unfruitful. And the last group that Jesus calls “good soil” are those who hear the word, understand it, and produce a good crop. This parable speaks volumes to me and shows that it’s not how we start out that is as important as to how we finish, so I am encouraged to continue being fruitful.
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The parables of the hidden treasure and priceless pearl. Technically two parables... but as short as they are, and since they teach the same thing, I don't think of them as separate
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One parable can means different things to different people. I generally try and learn what Jesus meant when he spoke them.
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I think though that even some of the parables that are not relevant in their current form, can be changed and rewritten still keeping the original message so it makes them so they are relevant for today.
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I think one thing we must think about today is why if the parables were not relevant today, people still follow there teaching. If the parables were not relevant today then surely people would not bother following the morals and ideas that Jesus included in the parables.
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