The parable of the Good Samaritan retold , with apologies to Jesus and Saint Luke

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Introduction to the Parable of the Good Samaritan

The Parable of the Good Samaritan updated

Conclusion to the parable of the Good Samaritan. The words of Jesus

These words didn't only apply to Jesus.

The original Good Samaritan

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Introduction to the Parable of the Good Samaritan

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’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’”

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 neighbour?”

Modern Good Samaritan?

The Parable of the Good Samaritan updated

In reply, Jesus said.

A man was driving between Birmingham and Wolverhampton. About halfway there he was attacked by carjackers, who ran him off the road. They beat him up really badly. Then they stole his car, and drove away leaving him very badly injured by the side of the road.

While he lay there bleeding and unconscious, a bishop in The Church of England drove up the road. He was on his way to London to speak in The House of Lords against a government plan to cap the level of benefit to be given to those in receipt of it. He had spent years studying theology, and he had preached hundreds of sermons reminding people of the necessity of looking after the poor. So extensive was his knowledge of the subject that he knew over one hundred words for poverty, and almost twice that for degradation. (He needed to use Latin, and some French phrases to reach that total). But the erudition impressed his listeners. They always went away feeling that they had heard a very good sermon. When he preached against the greedy sins of capitalists and bankers, he almost got applauded by the congregations. His well-known stance on these issues had even earned him a column spot in one of the better known elitist left wing newspapers. Television producers were constantly inviting him to air his enlightened views on their late night discussion programmes.

When he saw that there was a man lying bleeding by the side of the road, he did stop for a minute. But when he thought about it he did nothing. He needed to get to London for the debate. Phoning the police or an ambulance might mean giving his name. There might be a scandal. The complications could be endless. Besides the man might just be a drunk. The most responsible thing to do would be to continue his journey. So that is what he did.

A little while later another car drove up. This driver was on a similar high moral platform as the bishop, although she would not be caught dead in a church. This Lady Professor from the University of Warwick was an avowed atheist. Indeed she often took part in debates against the bishop. She defended rationality against, what she perceived, was the superstition of the prelate. She hit the headlines when she led a sit-in of lesbians and gays in the University Chapel, to protest against not being allowed to use it to perform a marriage service for her lesbian partner and herself.

She was an absolute libertarian. She also wrote a regular column in a magazine that was dedicated to the virtues of freedom and social justice for all. The fame she enjoyed got her invited to all the top conferences on left wing issues. This was good, because rich socialists always had the best wines at the after conference dinner parties. The Lady Professor was especially welcome at all these gatherings because of her well known hatred of greedy bankers, and her views on the evils of capitalism.

Her destination was in a seaside town, where she was due to make a speech to a gathering of “Lesbians for vegetarianism”.

When she saw the injured man, she did slow down, but only to swerve past him. The “big picture” was all important to her. This meant that peas and pasta for “dykes” had to take precedence over some stranger lying in the road. He wasn’t her problem.

About ten minutes later a red sports car came down the road. The man driving this vehicle was wearing a pair of wrap-around sunglasses. They were on him to disguise the pair of black eyes that adorned his face. He had got those after he had taken part in a television debate with the bishop over the evils of capitalism, and whether bankers should receive bonuses. Since he was the chief executive of a well-known bank, it should be easy to guess which side of the argument he supported. He got the shiners when he was confronted by an overzealous anti-capitalist in the studio audience. He was on his way to London to consult with his accountants about the best way to invest his two million bonus, so as to minimise his tax liability.

As he drove along he was thinking about how painful it was to have two black eyes, and how fed up he was with everyone hating him. Still the thought of having that huge bonus definitely took the edge off the pain.

When he drove round the corner and saw the man lying on the road, he jammed on his brakes. He did make sure that his sports car was safely parked before he did anything else. You don’t become a top banker by being careless. Why break the habit of a lifetime?

Then he rushed over and checked out the injured man. He did not pour either oil or wine on his wounds. But he did give him a drink of water from his bottle of “Perrier”. There was a first aid kit underneath the seat of his car, and he did his best to bandage the victim, and clean him up a bit.

All this took a few minutes. Then the banker took out his “I Pad”, and looked up the number of an exclusive private hospital. He phoned them, and after he had identified himself, he ordered an air ambulance to come and take himself and the patient to the top class hospital. He requested that they bring an operative to drive his red sports car there as well. He might be good, but there was no point in being foolish.

He stayed overnight in the hospital to make certain that the man was getting the best treatment. When he left in the morning, to arrange the shifting of some assets to an overseas tax haven, he paid in advance for any specialist treatment that might be needed. He also left his number with the hospital, and instructed them to contact him if there were any more expenses to cover.

Conclusion to the parable of the Good Samaritan. The words of Jesus

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

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

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”


We all experience times when we would just like to pass by on the other side. The parable of the Good Samaritan teaches us that we should try always to be empathetic. We may be living comfortable lives but we do have a duty to consider those less fortunate than we are. We should also be less judgemental when it comes to casting aspersions at the fashionable “bête noirs” of our society. None of us are perfect.




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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, christopher, this wouldn't surprise me in the slightest! on the one hand you have a vicar who's head has got too big, and on the other a woman on a mission! lol! seriously this reminded me of a few years ago, I got on a bus in Wycombe, I went straight upstairs with my son as it was a double decker, my son was eight at the time, and all of a sudden there was a crash downstairs, I looked over the balcony bit and there was an old guy crashed out on the floor by the driver, who by the way couldn't get out of his little seat cubicle because of this collapsed guy, so me doing my nurse nell bit, ran downstairs, got him on his side, checked for false teeth and swallowed tongue, and lay him in the recovery position. nobody else would help, would you believe they didn't want to lose their damn seats? true! but then all of a sudden a young punk guy, pink hair and loads of chains shoved his head around the door of the bus, it was still in the bus bay by the way, we hadn't even moved yet! anyway this punk said, need any help? I know cpr! so, let me get this right, the only one who would help was a teen punk with pink hair! says it all!


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom Author

Thanks for being so quick Nell. I like your little story. It is so typical of the world we live in.


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Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

The Question: Who is my brother?


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom Author

The traditional Christian answer to "who is my brother/sister" is whoever is in your own sect or religious order. I personally prefer to widen that out to the whole human race. I don't think God will object too much if I want to give him an inclusive family.

Thanks for posing the question Dave.


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Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

I am a "Christian" but my answer is totally different from others. My brother or my sister is any man or woman, as all are children of God Almighty. Neither God Nor Jesus says only these ones or only those ones but all.


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom Author

I am totally in agreement with you there Dave.


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Hi christopheranton, nice little story.

Voted up

John


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom Author

Thanks for reading John, and nice to hear from you.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

There may be numerous Good Samaritans in our world today, christopher, but with litigation so prevalent (at least in some areas of the U.S.), many well-meaning souls would opt out of helping another fellow human because of the threat of a negligence or malpractice suit if something went wrong. Sad, no? But I did enjoy reading your interesting parable.


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom Author

It is sad, if that is the case drbj. It is getting a bit like that in this country as well.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Well this definitely, as they all could, -use some dusting off for the modern age!!!!

The choice of banker was sort of "perfect" - as I tend to advocate hanging the lot of them! LOL!


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom Author

Most people feel the same as you do Wesman. That was why I chose a banker. The old Jews probably felt the same way about the Samaritans.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I wish (and look for...somehow) some sort of "like" or "+1" thing to push on comments like that one!


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CASE1WORKER 4 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

A good story- its really hard to think what you would do- In the afore mentioned case its easy- you would help- but what if a guy was drunk, it was late and you were female on your own? Yipes thought provoking.

I had the opportunity to witness a bishop in action a couple of weeks ago- one who voted against the cap just ike your bishop but I think he would have been on the M1. He sat and talked with a lady whose son is seriously ill and comforted her, much more than I or any of the other ladies could do- so I am hoping this was just written for the story!


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom Author

Hi CASE1WORKER.

Thanks for commenting. I'm quite sure all the Bishops do their best to really follow Christ, just like the one you told us of.

I just put a Bishop in the story so I could have it as close to the original as possible. He was entirely ficticious.

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