The Parable of the Prodigal Son is perhaps one of the most revisited stories from the New Testament. Today, we take a closer look at the story through the perspective of Marilyn Taplin, author of the book A Law from Eden.
The Prodigal Son: A Far Country is a blog article by author Marilyn Taplin. In her blog, she references King James Bible to dissect one of the most famous stories in the bible- The Parable of the Prodigal Son. From the start of her write-up, we cannot help but notice Ms. Taplin’s expertise in the bible. She strategically begins by revisiting the moment God created the world. God divided the world into heaven and earth. This is quite a smart introduction because it sets up the readers that there are two sides right from the beginning when God created the world- the earthly domain and his heavenly kingdom.
After laying down the background for her topic, Taplin then takes us into the heart of the timeless narrative by revisiting the exact words lifted from the bible. Taplin writes,
“The older son believes in God and remains with God. The younger son leaves his father’s house. ‘…the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living’ (Luke15:13)
But what Marilyn Taplin offers her readers is a more extensive and intensive study. She expands our understanding by extracting from other scriptures. Taplin connects us from a distant narrative from the first chapter of Romans,
“…became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” The first chapter of Romans is speaking of those given to unnatural sex using words such as men with men burned in their lust one for another. And ® Romans 1:24 states that truth more clearly, “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lust of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves.” – Romans 1:21-24
The analogy of the sinful, lost individuals as the prodigal son and the dutiful, faithful on one hand is as old as the parable itself. However, Marlin Taplin raises the discussion on a new level by laying on the table the prodigal son as an outcast nation and somehow paints morality in a geopolitical referring to biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. This twist in Taplin’s discourse is refreshing and in some ways enlightening. ReadersMagnet welcomes and celebrates these kinds of narrative both enriching and new. Marilyn Taplin’s The Prodigal Son: A Far Country is only one of many blog entries found on her website.