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What is a Parable?
A Parable, is a brief story, proverb, or saying that expresses a moral. Most parables illustrate difficult or mysterious ideas through situations that can be easily understood.
The best-known parables are those of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. Jesus used simple, everyday situations to express such ideas as the Kingdom of God, the proper use of wealth, and the nature of prayer. For example, he compared Judgment Day to a fisherman's net cast into the sea (Matt. 13:47-50). The net caught all kinds of fish. But after it was pulled to shore, the edible fish were kept and the bad-tasting ones were thrown away. Jesus was saying that on Judgment Day, people who have been saved from damnation will likewise be separated from the damned.
Jesus fishing with his disciples in the Sea of Galilee
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The Parables of Jesus
The parables of Jesus make up a crucial part of the Bible. Jesus had the wisdom to simplify the profound spiritual truths he needed to share with humanity in the form of relatable stories that are easy to understand. A parable is a tale about a simple, common subject to illustrate a deeper, valuable moral lesson. The source definition of the word “parable” means a placement side by side for the purpose of comparison.
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