Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Finding the Lost Sheep

The Bible is full of stories and the stories can teach children as well as adults how to live a pretty decent life. Extracting the meaning from most of the parables isn't that difficult. We cannot say for a fact that our interpretations of these parables are true, I say to you truly, what do you think Jesus really meant.

We have heard stories like these for years, biblical scholars, pastors and other Christian leaders, even my Sunday school teacher could explain most of the parables as they were taught. These teachers of course were taught by their teachers and who knows how long the meaning of these stories have remained the same. Meaning to the parables could have easily changed over the centuries.

Here's one of the parables about the lost sheep, read it and then, spend some time evaluating it, to see if you really know what it means, or at least take your best guess.

If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.

If we lost one of our children or were driving through the forest one day and noticed a man upsets and panicking as he's running around furiously looking for something. Most of us would would be curious or nosy, it's our human nature I guess, thanks a lot God, we would probably try to find out what was going on and offer our assistance.

The parable clearly shows an example of someone searching for something that he dearly cares about. This makes a lot of sense but can have different meanings, especially if it's read during different stages in our lives. Whether God created man or we evolved somehow on earth, one thing is for sure, most of us seem to care about our loved ones and will travel to the ends of the earth if they were to lost.

Sometimes lost sheep are standing right in front of us, we reach out to help them and they do not respond. Maybe you're one of the lies sheep, spending most of your time helping other sheep, but really you're the one who needs the help. Education can set you free from religious bondage.

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