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Who Really Is Your Neighbour?

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Jesus Christ was asked the question who is our neighbour? Rather than give a direct answer, he spoke a parable that became the most popular of all the parables. He said there was a certain Jew who was attacked by arm robbers and was badly beaten up. He was left by the road side bleeding and priests and fellow Jews passed by without rendering help to the man, but a certain Samaritan business man on a trip saw the badly beaten man whom everyone had ignored. He had compassion on him and took him to an inn and employed the manager of the inn to look after the Jew until he returns from his trip. Depositing some money for his upkeep. Jesus described this man as a good Samaritan.

The Jews and the Samaritans were never good neighbours. They had a frosty relationship because of a caste system that existed; Jews regarded themselves as superior to the Samaritans. The gulf that existed between these two communities was echoed when the Jews accused Jesus Christ of being a Samaritan in John 8:48-49 “The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” Continue reading Who Really Is Your Neighbour?

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