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Parable of the lost sheep

It is the shepherd’s willingness to go after the one that gives the ninety-nine their real security. If the one is sacrificed in the name of the larger group, then each individual in the group is insecure, knowing that he or she is of little value. If lost he or she will be left to die. When the shepherd pays a high price to find teh one, he therefore offers the profoundest security to the many.

Kenneth E Bailey

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