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Published: Monday, Jan. 21 2013 6:45 p.m. MST

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Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

I would use this parable to the more likely stories of today: Dads who mess up by not spending time with the kids by spending excessive time at the office. Or the Dad who chooses to go golfing with his buddies every Saturday and therefore misses the kids' soccer games. Or the Dad who gets caught up in pornography. Or the Dad who loses his testimony and stops coming to church.

Hopefully, we won't ostracize the Dad with our negative criticism and judgement. Hopefully, we will keep hope in our hearts, and LOVE that Dad back to the Savior, the Church, and the family. Hopefully, Dad will return, because there are plenty of wandering Dads in today's world, and they need to come back and become prodigal Dads.

raybies
Layton, UT

I can tell you how this parable really works in the real world:

The Dad goes off, spends his living, gets drug addicted and wastes away his life. When he comes back to his wife, he finds he's left her in abject poverty, her children have followed their dad's examples, and have all gone off to lead irresponsible and self-destructive lives because of the bad example of the parent. They have deep psychological scars because they question their very worth to anyone because the one who should've cared for them the most put himself first.

The Dad tries to make things right, but in the end, only ends up sad and alone because even if he fully understands his terrible mistakes, he cannot undo the damage caused by them.

Fathers have more impact upon their whole families than the loss of a single child. It's always been the case, and they are not interchangable. Nor are mothers.

Thinkman
Provo, UT

Utes Fan,

Wait, a ..."dad who loses his testimony" is a prodigal dad, equivalent with a dad who is a drug addict or a workaholic that spends very little if any time with his kids?

What if said dad realized that the church he belongs too is not in fact what it claims to be?

Also, what if said dad is actually a devoted, caring and dedicated father who spends as much time as possible with his children, provides for their needs and teaches them to be upstanding citizens themselves. Is that same dad therefore a "prodigal dad" worthy of your scorn and pity?

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

@Thinkman

"Wait, a ..."dad who loses his testimony" is a prodigal dad, equivalent with a dad who is a drug addict or a workaholic that spends very little if any time with his kids?"

Show me in my comments where I said that a Dad who loses his testimony is the "equivalent with a dad who is a drug addict". Read it again. I didn't say that. It is typical of critics to take Mormon comments or quotes out of context and twist them into something that they don't mean, so that those reading the comments come away with negative feelings towards Mormonism.

My point is that a wife and children may be sorrowful when Dad loses his testimony and thus becoming a "prodigal" son - granted one who may still be a great Father. Still, the Mother and children may have hope that Dad gains his testimony back and comes back to Church. By the way, I DID say that the Dad deserves to be free of negative criticism and judgement, but you ignore that.

donn
layton, UT

RE: The Prodigal Father, Book Description Release date: May 6, 1997

Mark Bryan addresses this important social issue by offering a proven program to help fathers assume a vital role in their children's lives. "Through my work and my own experience as an absent father, I've come to realize that what we call 'deadbeat dads' are actually broken-hearted dads," says Bryan. "Living in shame and denial about the pain of their loss (even when they were the ones who decided to give up their kids), these men feel hopeless and overwhelmed at the thought of attempting a reunion."

Y Ask Y
Provo, UT

Utes Fan,

That is an esoteric collection of "sins" you have thrown together. Golf as a sin, compared with "riotous living"?

There is no "Thou shalt not golf" in the commandments.

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

@Y Ask Y

The point isn't golfing. The point is neglecting the children.

kjewkes
SOUTH JORDAN, UT

We are all prodigals who have left our home from our Heavenly Father; We are all sinners; We all need the atoneing sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Y Ask Y
Provo, UT

Then you shouldn't have mentioned golfing.

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