famous parables non-biblical
Buddha looked at the water, and then he looked up at the disciple and said, “See what you did to make the water clean. You let it be and the mud settled down on its own and you got clear water. Your mind is also like that. When it is disturbed, just let it be. Give it a little time. It will settle down on its own. You don’t have to put in any effort to calm it down. It will happen effortlessly.”
There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away. The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall. When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen. The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted. The second son said no it was covered with green buds and full of promise. The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen. The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment. The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree’s life. He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up. If you give up when it’s winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall.
#3 A Friend You Can’t Bear to be Around
Two men where hiking one day out in the forest. They came across a bear. One man took off his pack, pulled out a pair of running shoes, and started to put them on. The friend frantically said, “You can’t out run that bear.” The other man calmly replied, “I don’t need to. I only need to out run you.”
When you say in a loud voice, “I do wish you’d try!”
The Pastor replied ‘OK. But before you go, do me a favor: take a full glass of water and walk around the church three times without spilling a drop on the ground. Afterwards, leave the church if you desire.’
2. Prodigal Son (Luke 15: 11-32): As Michelle Russell wrote in the earlier blog entry,” I immediately felt welcomed and have come to realize that our Father’s love is perfectly described in the person of the father of the Prodigal Son. Not only was he ready to welcome me back, he was waiting for me, greeting me with unconditional love – not dismissing my absence, but celebrating my return, and fully embracing me, whether I deserved it or not!” Ditto for me.
5. Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25:31-46): Pretty clear guidelines in terms of how to treat those in need with equally clear implications in terms of the results of those choices.
However, the foolish man is one who does not learn from the teachings of Jesus. The foundation of his life and “house” is not firm. When the storms of life come beating down upon him he will crumble. He experiences a complete destruction of his house.
The one who hears and obeys Jesus’ words is like a wise man who builds a house on a firm foundation. The winds and rain of life come and beat on the house, but his foundation and house are strong.
(The Inferno by Dante)
2. Which of the following statements is true?
A. Allegories are the opposite concept to parables, as they do not purport to teach anything.
B. All parables carry a subtext of showing the listener or reader how to live a good life.
C. Parables always contain at least one animal as a character.
The father replies to the eldest son:
This shows that God has control over all things and time. The traveler’s donkey, on the other hand, was dead and had become a skeleton. Then, God joined the bones, muscles, flesh, and blood of the donkey again before the man, and brought it back to life. Hence, this parable taught us a moral lesson in three ways:
“But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.
“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (TNIV, Matthew 25:31-46)
The rich man responds by asking Abraham to send Lazarus to his brothers to warn them so that they won’t go to the place of torment. But Abraham says, “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead” (Luke 16:31).
The poor man, Lazarus, died and went to heaven, while the rich man died and went to hell. The rich man looks up to see Lazarus standing with Abraham. The rich man is in agony and asks Abraham to send Lazarus to help him and give him water. However, Abraham reminds him that the reverse was true on earth, and Lazarus cannot help him.