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The Prodigal Son

Anna Wierzbicka

in What Did Jesus Mean?

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195137330
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199867905 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195137337.003.0010
The Prodigal Son

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The message of the parable of the Prodigal Son, which has been called “a gospel in miniature,” is related to that of the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin, but it places a greater emphasis on the possibilities open to all sinners: all people can ‘live with God,” if only they want to. The parable illustrates the freedom of God's children, who are not forced to “live with God” if they don’t want to, and God's infinite patience and desire for every individual to want to live with him. In universal human concepts:

God doesn’t want a person to think: “I have to live with God”

God wants a person to think: “I want to live with God”

The chapter discuss the issues of self‐judgment, repentance, self‐righteousness, and God's infinite forgiveness.

Keywords: forgiveness; freedom; repentance; self‐judgment; self‐righteousness

Chapter.  4682 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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