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The Parable of the Prodigal Son as recorded by Luke in Luke 1211-32 of the Bible is one that is known worldwide The central theme of this story is one that can be applied many ways Because of this many religions have some form of this story in their religious text This story tells of how a fathers love for his children will always accept them no matter what they have done Whether this love is a religious symbol or not is up to the reader Moreover he will receive them with open arms and rejoice because they were once lost but now are found This story was told by Jesus as a parable a story that tells a lesson by using an example Jesus used parables in order to more clearly illustrate his point As a parable serves as an example there are many symbols used in a parable In order to fully understand this storys central theme you must first know several of the main symbols in the story First there is the father who represents God or some other type of controlling deity Second the older brother symbolizes Christians or other followers who have stood strong in their religious values The story also tells of a famine which represents the hard times that people face in life In addition and probably most importantly there is the younger son who stands for those who have strayed from what is considered righteous in their religion The youngest son is first described in the title of the story as prodigal When someone is prodigal he is wasteful and lives a lavish lifestyle This indicates that the son is someone who likes to have fun no matter what the cost The younger son most likely tired of life on the farm and anxious to move into the lively city asks his father for his share of the inheritance so that he may pursue a
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