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How can I be the good samaritan ?
« on: January 08, 2018, 12:54:49 AM »


How can I be the good samaritan ?




Offline John

Re: How can I be the good samaritan ?
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2018, 02:06:40 PM »
You can't, as that role is imaginary.

But you can be 'A' good samaratan, by helping at great personal expence in time, money and reputation any group hated and revialed by todays society.

Or you could just go out of your way to help people.

Re: How can I be the good samaritan ?
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2018, 08:59:14 AM »
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. ?Teacher,? he asked, ?what must I do to inherit eternal life??

26 ?What is written in the Law?? he replied. ?How do you read it??

27 He answered, ??Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind?[c]; and, ?Love your neighbor as yourself.?[d]?

28 ?You have answered correctly,? Jesus replied. ?Do this and you will live.?

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, ?And who is my neighbor??

30 In reply Jesus said: ?A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[e] and gave them to the innkeeper. ?Look after him,? he said, ?and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.?

36 ?Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers??

37 The expert in the law replied, ?The one who had mercy on him.?

Jesus told him, ?Go and do likewise.?


Looking at this passage, we actually see that the guy is asking Jesus how to get into Heaven, then he pushes to ask what a neighbour is because (let's admit) it can be pretty hard to work that out; especially these days with people moving house a lot, people not knowing their physical neighbours, people hating their neighbours (for whatever reason), all sorts of reasons.
So Jesus goes and answers the question by telling a story (standard - we use analogies too!), and in the story, the 'good' people (a priest and a Levite) just walk past and do nothing to help the guy in distress. Whereas the Samaritan (traditionally the 'less desirable' person) steps up and actually does the neighbourly thing. He helps the wounded guy and pays for his care.

Jesus finishes by asking who is the neighbour? Who is the 'good guy' there?

There are some subliminal things that you don't get directly from the story. The Samaritans were from another part of the world. Both Samaritans and Jews were discouraged from talking to each other, or even going near each other. So the fact that he was the one to help, is even more significant.

I think that we can be 'samaritans' by helping people, despite cultural, religious and demographic differences. And this includes going above and beyond. Not just saying 'here's ?5' to a homeless person, but how about sitting and chatting for a bit? How about offering to go into a shop for them (some homeless people feel that they are not welcome in shops).

Offline Cariad

Re: How can I be the good samaritan ?
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2018, 01:27:58 PM »
@Cf&ff
@John
@poppymarydaisy

Hello there,

I have been reading through the gospel of Luke, which sets forth the Lord Jesus Christ as Jehovah's man, the perfect man: and I have been aware of the characteristics that He portrays; of kindness and consideration towards all, regardless of nationality or gender.  He touches the leper, and acknowledges those whom national prejudice would exclude.  God is no respecter of persons, the rain falls on the just and the unjust.  He tells us to love our enemies, and do good to those who despite-fully use us. To be open and giving, and love the unlovely, as He has loved us.

In Christ Jesus
Chris

Re: How can I be the good samaritan ?
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2018, 01:36:07 PM »
Hi Cariad,

'God is no respecter of persons, the rain falls on the just and the unjust.'
Can you explain here why you think this?
I think God doesn't bring that rain. Obviously everyone has struggles in life, but God is 100% a respector of people.

6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don?t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. - Luke 12:6-7

God values and respects each and every person. Rather than not respecting anyone. God gives us free will to trust in Him or to not trust in Him. That's our choice.

I love the song Blessings by Laura Story. Definitely worth listening to :)

Offline Cariad

Re: How can I be the good samaritan ?
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2018, 02:37:44 PM »
Hi Cariad,

'God is no respecter of persons, the rain falls on the just and the unjust.'
Can you explain here why you think this?

'Then Peter opened his mouth, and said,
"Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: ... "'

(Act 10:34)
 
Hello @poppypmarydaisy,

The Lord Jesus says this in Matthew 5:43-46:-
 
'Ye have heard that it hath been said,
"Thou shalt love thy neighbour,
and hate thine enemy."
But I say unto you,
"Love your enemies,
bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you,
and pray for them which despitefully use you,
and persecute you;
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven:
for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good,
and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust
.
For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye?
do not even the publicans the same?,'


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I think God doesn't bring that rain. Obviously everyone has struggles in life, but God is 100% a respector of people.

* The sun and the rain are equally needed, aren't they? For plants to grow and flourish. :D

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6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don?t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. - Luke 12:6-7

God values and respects each and every person. Rather than not respecting anyone. God gives us free will to trust in Him or to not trust in Him. That's our choice.

I love the song Blessings by Laura Story. Definitely worth listening to :)

* God does not show partiality in other words, therefore His judgments are righteous and just.

Praise God!

https://youtu.be/1CSVqHcdhXQ

Thank you,
Love, in Christ Jesus
Chris



https://youtu.be/1CSVqHcdhXQ

Re: How can I be the good samaritan ?
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2018, 04:04:39 PM »
Ok so I see you're using the King James Translation.
I love that translation, but it's important to remember that it was produced over 400 years ago, in the very early days of Modern English. Language changes over time, and even though most of the words used in the translation are still used today, it doesn't mean that those words still have the same meanings.

"respecter of persons" more accurately means "a person who or thing which favours one person or group of people over another". By saying that God is NOT a respecter of persons, it actually means he is fair, and doesn't hold 1 person above another.


I'm not quite sure I understand where you're coming from.
I have re-read what you've put and am now thinking more that you feel you can't possibly hope to meet God's precedence for how we should treat other people (i.e giving to all equally, not judging, etc).

On a side note, I would recommend using a translation other than KJV, mostly because of the archaic language used, which was going out of fashion even 400 years ago. If you compare it to Shakespeare and other contemporary sources (of which there are a fair few).

Re: How can I be the good samaritan ?
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2018, 04:12:28 PM »
I saw a comment on facebook the other day on a group I'm in and it went something along the lines of

Don't get so hung up on being perfect that you lose sight of the good.

We cannot possibly hope to be as perfect as God (this side of Heaven). All we can do is try to be His hands and feet on the Earth. If we aim to be perfect, we will never live up. Perfectionism is bad for anyone.

"One day, an old man was walking along a beach that was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. As he walked he came upon a young boy who was eagerly throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one.

Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing. Without looking up from his task, the boy simply replied, ?I?m saving these starfish, Sir?.

The old man chuckled aloud, ?Son, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make??

The boy picked up a starfish, gently tossed it into the water and turning to the man, said, ?I made a difference to that one!?"


A few months ago, I was walking through my local city and (feeling very brave) stopped to talk to a homeless man. I offered to go and buy him some snacks from a shop, and then sat and chatted with him for a while. We don't have to do 'big' or 'perfect' things to be God's hands and feet. We just have to love people. Sometimes that's' really hard!




https://starfishproject.com/the-parable/
https://starfishproject.com/the-parable/