Faith in Architecture – Matthew’s Parable

Faith in Architecture – Matthew’s Parable

There aren’t many Christians who aren’t familiar with Matthew’s classic parable of the Wise and the Foolish Builders. We’re often told this particular bible story as children, its easy to grasp and the lesson is important. However, it is so rare (and also tragic) that a child would ever need to draw from its teachings at such a young age. Even the most destitute of kids find a way of discovering joy in life, no matter how miserable their existence might be. No, Matthew’s tale is truly meant to calm and ease the adult mind in the face of adversity.

lighthouseFor those not fortunate enough to be familiar with the classic parable, I will give you a brief overview. Narratively, it is a lot simpler than Jesus’ parables, but as a result its message is much more succinct. Matthew asks his listeners to heed his words (the inherited words of Christ) and by doing so they will be like the wise man who built his house on rocks. A sturdy home, it withstands the floods, rains and winds. For those who do not heed the gospel, they are likened to the foolish builder; whose house built on sand is blown away by the same adverse conditions.

This might seem like a rather logical conclusion to draw, but its important to pay attention to the wording of Matthew so we can discover why this parable holds more weight for the adult mind;

‘The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it didn’t fall, for it was founded on the rock.’

sandcastleIn this story the man’s house is battered by the elements in three different forms. Are we to take the story literally, like the child, and assume the weather is particularly bad this time of year? Or, rather, should we read these weather signs as a metaphor? The rains, floods and winds are the troubles of life. Death, grief, pestilence – in varying forms these are the forces of nature that assault the adult existence. The realities of death and hunger might glance an unaware child, but their faith is not put to question, for their concept of faith is yet to be formed.

When we reach adulthood, we must be prepared to face the elements of life. When we choose to build our homes, we don’t start by throwing bricks at the ground in a pile. To build our faith we contact Architectural Emporium, we learn from other wise men. Once we have learned, we can choose our materials carefully and start building our homes on a bed rock of belief. By following the gospel’s teachings and fortifying ourselves against the flood we can best imitate the Wise builder, safe and secure protected by our faith in God.