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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

the good samaritan

This parable, found in Luke 10:25-37, is one of Jesus's best known parables:

Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.” But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”

Multiple choice question. Select the best answer:
"The one who..."

  1. could read biblical Hebrew.
  2. sang in the choir.
  3. had the most Scripture verses memorized.
  4. opposed gay marriages.
  5. spoke in tongues.
  6. attended Bible studies twice a week.
  7. was the star of the church basketball league.
  8. had the coolest testimony.
  9. picketed funerals of soldiers and AIDS victims.
  10. had a fish logo on his car.
  11. could fully explain the doctrine of the Trinity.
  12. protested outside abortion clinics.
  13. never missed church.
  14. read a lot of books on theology.
  15. voted Republican.
  16. showed him mercy.

Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."



At 6/08/2006 1:19 PM, Anonymous Barry Dundas said...

Sometimes you read things that you wish you would have wrote first. This is one of those times. So simple and yet so brilliant. Way to go Bruce!

At 9/03/2006 5:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can have heaven here by living in neighborly love to show our love for God, because he is love(1 John 4:7) and we can also have hell by making bad choices, it is in the heart and spirit. We will live with our creator forever in the world to come if we continue to stay in his divine love.


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