Posted BY: Brian C. Joondeph

A good Samaritan, according to the Oxford Learner’s Dictionary is, “a person who gives help and sympathy to people who need it”. This concept goes back to Biblical times, specifically the book of Luke, chapter 10, and the “Parable of the Good Samaritan.”

Jesus told the story of a man who was robbed, beaten, and left for dead. A priest and a Levite both saw the beaten man and walked past him, crossing to the other side of the street. But the Samaritan stopped to help the injured man, attending to his wounds, bringing him to an inn, and paying the innkeeper to care for him until he was well.

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Jesus asked, “Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” And he answered his own question, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

Is that still possible? Or rational?

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