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The Parable of the Good Samaritan.

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THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN A parable is a story with a meaning and Jesus told many parables to convey the message about the Kingdom of God. One very significant parable is the parable of The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25). Jesus told this parable in answer to a lawyer who asked Jesus, 'Who is my neighbour?' In this parable, a man was travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho when robbers burgled him and beat him, leaving him half dead on the side of the road. A priest was going down that same road, but when he saw the man, he walked past on the other side of the road. ...read more.

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The next day, the Samaritan paid the inn keeper two silver coins and told him to look after him and he promised that after he returned from his journey, he would pay the inn keeper any extra expenses spent on the wounded man. After telling the lawyer the parable, Jesus asked him (verse 36) 'In your opinion, which one of these three acted like a neighbour towards the man?' The man replied 'The one who was kind to him'. Jesus said, 'Go then, and do the same.' During that time Jews and Samaritans were enemies on the basis of religion, but in this parable, the Samaritan looked beyond that and helped the man, proving that there is no distinction between men when it comes to the simple things in life. ...read more.

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The parable contrasts the lack of compassion shown by two members of the Jewish priesthood towards an unknown, and the practical compassion shown by, in the Jewish point of view, the most unlikely of men, a Samaritan. The lesson that should be learnt is that we should accept and love anyone and everyone even if they have contradicting beliefs to us or if they are 'different' in any way. Helping fellow human beings comes prior to rejecting many of your own kind just because their religious, social or political attitudes and values do not agree with yours, and the Samaritan is shown as a prime example to be followed. Khiloni Shah 11H ...read more.

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