The tale of the Good Samaritan

June 29, 2020 5:19 pm

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One of the most enduring stories of the New testament is the tale told by Jesus of the Good Samaritan. Bible stories tend to try and make you think, ponder and reflect on our own prejudices and perceptions. Jesus seems to have been keen to push this ideal and it is one of the main tenets of the Christian faith. Many learned scholars have tried to interpret the stories in different ways. Some have suggested that it is an allegory for Jesus saving the sinful, others  that it was just Jesus trying to bring some humility and challenge preconceptions.

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The story goes that a man is attacked by bandits, robbed, beaten and left for dead on the road side. A Rabbi comes by, but fearing it is a trick he does not help the man and hurries on. Then a Levite ( a high up Jewish official) comes along and thinks the same. He does nothing and leaves quickly. Finally a Samaritan comes along. He stops and immediately helps the man giving him clothes and shelter till he is better. Samaritans were hated by the Jews, and the feeling was mutual, yet this person puts that aside to help another human.

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