Reform-parables

The Light Parable

P1:   Everyday, light is fully available. God provides it in abundance free of charge.

E1:   A beam of light comes to my eye.

P2:   If my eye is open to the light, it will enter. The light will get refracted by the cornea, pass through the aqueous humor, get focused by the lens, pass through the vitreous humor, and finally form its image on the retina.

E2:   The photoreceptor nerve cells of the retina convert the light rays into electrical impulses. These are then sent through the optic nerve to the brain. In the brain, an image is perceived. To a recipient of light, this mental image is the literal demonstration of information inherently carried by light.

P3:   Once I see an image, I express and act with respect to it. Consider the following examples. If I see that my friend has fallen asleep while driving, I immediately shout at him to wake up. If I see that I am outside in the cold as the door to my house, set in locked position, is swinging shut, I leap for the door, take hold of it and enter my house before it is too late.

E3:   Finally, a point is reached where it is too late to express or act with respect to a specific view. Assume I do not shout at my friend, or leap for my door. Then he would wreck or I would be left out in the cold. There would come a time when it would be too late.

P4:   After the point of no return, the verdict on the appropriateness of my action or expression would be made very clear. In the examples we are considering, this is the period in which my friend is either thanking me profusely for waking him up or is unconscious in tangled wreckage, this is the period in which I am either safe inside my house or shivering out in the cold.

The Door Parable

P1:   It is known that I have a time-sensitive mission to accomplish. I must prepare for the mission in an enclosure. It is very important to the keeper of the enclosure that I accomplish the mission because he loves me. Thus, he provides me full access to the enclosure via the door.

E1:   I enter through the open door.

P2:   I do all that I must do to prepare in the enclosure.

E2:   I exit through the door.

P3:   Outside, I accomplish the mission that my time in the enclosure prepared me for.

E3:   The time allotted for the mission comes to an end. Having succeeded, I re-enter the enclosure. The keeper shuts the door behind me.

P4:   I spend pleasant time with the keeper reviewing my adventure.

The Parable of Breath

P1:   Everyday, fresh air is fully available. God provides it in abundance free of charge.

E1:   My lungs are empty. I want air.

P2:   I inhale fresh air deeply.

E2:   The sensation of full lungs is the signal that the time has come to exhale.

P3:   I exhale fully.

E3:   The process of taking a breath reaches completion.

P4:   I feel good. My blood is oxygenated, my life is refreshed and sustained.

The Parable of Water

P1:   Everyday, fresh water is fully available. God provides it in abundance free of charge.

E1:   I put a glass of water to my lips.

P2:   I open my mouth and take time filling it with water.

E2:   The sensation of a full mouth signals that it is time to swallow.

P3:   I take time swallowing the water.

E3:   The water reaches my stomach. The process of taking a drink is complete.

P4:   The water hydrates me, sustaining and refreshing my life.

The Parable of Food

P1:   Everyday, fresh food is fully available. God provides it in abundance free of charge.

E1:   I put a pear (for example) to my lips.

P2:   I open my mouth, bite the pear, and take time chewing.

E2:   A specific consistency of the bite soon signals that it is time to swallow.

P3:   I take time swallowing.

E3:   The pear pulp reaches my stomach. The process of taking a bite is complete.

P4:   Now the pear is nourishing me, sustaining and energizing my life.

The Parable of the Shepherd

P1:   I am a sheep. I know my Shepherd can provide for all my needs.

E1:   He comes to personally attend to me.

P2:   I must accept him – respect him – as my Shepherd. I must not be afraid of him or willfully run from him. I must submit to him by submitting to the guidance of his staff and the protection of his rod. I remain near to him and keep my eye on him. He dresses all my wounds, and speaks tenderly to me.

E2:   He rises up and signals me to follow him.

P3:   I obediently follow him, giving a good example to the other sheep in his flock. We travel towards the safety of the sheepfold.

E3:   I enter the sheepfold and my Shepherd shuts me in for my own safety.

P4:   I recognize that I am safe, that I am with his flock, that my Shepherd is filling our manger with good food and our trough with fresh water. I am so satisfied. I am at peace.

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