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Are You a Good Samaritan?

Updated on February 20, 2013

We are all aware what a “Good Samaritan” means.This colloquial phrase, "Good Samaritan" means someone who helps a stranger.

This meaning was derived from a parable Jesus told His people in response to the question "Who is my neighbour?", which the book of Leviticus 19:18, says should be loved.

Leviticus 19:18: “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord."

We all know the story and lesson of a Samaritan who helped a stranger on his way. But for all who just came across the story, let me have a quick recap of what’s the story all about.


The Parable of a Good Samaritan


A man who was on his way from Jerusalem to Jericho fell among the highway robbers. The poor man was stripped,
beaten and was left half-dead by the robbers.

The first to pass by was a priest. When the priest saw the man, he walked on the other side of the road, so as not to get involved with the poor man.

Then the Levite came, who did the same, ignoring the half-dead man. After a while, a certain Samaritan passed by this poor man and was moved by compassion.

He bound the man’s wound and set him on his animal and brought him to an inn and told the innkeeper to take care of the wounded man.

He gave the innkeeper two Denarii and advised him that if he spent beyond the what he gave him, he will pay it when he return.



We have all the kindness in our hearts like that of the Good Samaritan, however, we sometimes forget it and let wickedness rule our hearts. Why? Are we afraid to take responsibility?

Are we afraid for those additional actions will result to loss of our resources? There are so many reasons for our actions, may it be positive or negative. But come to think of it, if nobody will help, who else will?

Every people have different past, different stories to tell and different pains and hurts they are suffering. Today, the world has become more modernized that people tend to forget who they were, even betray friends and relatives, just to get what they want.

Where is now the “good Samaritan” inside of us?


Let me tell you a story about a lesson gained from the Parable of the Good Samaritan:


Students were waiting inside the classroom for their teacher to take an exam about yesterday’s lesson, the Good Samaritan. Then a co-teacher walked inside, paste a note on the board that says:

“Please proceed to the GYM, where you will take the exam”.

The gym was far, on the other side of the building. The students ran and passed by an old beggar with an empty can on his hand. But no dared to put a penny since they were already late for the exam. They passed again on a dog tied to a tree with the water container too far for the dog to reach.

The last one, before the gym, they passed along an old lady trying to reach her cane. But again, nobody pitied the elderly.

So the teacher was waiting at the gym, no books, and no papers on his hand. When at last, the students rushed in and the teacher just said, “You all failed.”


He had purposely put all those people to see if any of his students understood what is the lesson behind the parable of a good Samaritan. And no one did.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan is not only a story, but also a reminder for all of us to remember to take time and to look around us, eyes and hearts open.

This is not only for the sake of perfecting the exam at school but what matters is that, we understood its meaning to the fullest and live on it each day of our lives.


Well, it’s not only the wounded man left by the robbers we would help. Look around and open your heart to others.


You have two hands:

One to help yourself, the second to help others.

Blessings to all.


© 2012 Mycee. All Rights Reserved.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow thank you for the thumbs up and i so agree with what you've said. once in a while we experience this little act of kindness from strangers and it never left our hearts. they are always remembered.

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      Patrick Collier 4 years ago

      A true way all our lives should be structured.Just the smallest task at lending a hand goes a long way.ive been on both sides of the fence and know what it's like to feel lost and in need only to have a random stranger not only to reach out and help but to lift my spirits as well.Superb article Unknown Spy,big thumbs up

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow thank you so much!! I am glad you like this.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I was never notified of this hub, Spy! I'm glad I found it because it is beautifully written and a beautiful message. Well done my friend.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Dwachira..oh thank you friend! " Friends are only good when there are goodies to be enjoyed but once problems hit they take a run." Very true. I've seen and known people who just stick with others because they want something.. I dont know why we have to be on war when we can mind our own business..we're just the same..human beings who lived on the same planet.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      This articles is a good reflection of what is happening in our society, people working in small circles never wanting to go beyond that. Friends are only good when there are goodies to be enjoyed but once problems hit they take a run.

      But this in not only in the society we live in, look at countries and their relations, some are on wars and economic crises, i don't need to be told how many friends the country Syria had but look at it now, where are all these friends who used to dine and wine with Syria before it was hit by unrest? Voted up, useful and shared.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hi Alphonse. Thank you so much for stopping by. and for your nice and kind message :)

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Ash, thank you for reading and for sharing.. Im happy to know that in just a little way, i can remind people that we all need each other and also to lend a little helping hand in time of need.

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      alphonse george 5 years ago from Kerala,India

      Very good indeed.In the modern society we often forget to help others in need.This is a reminder for all of us to change the way we live.

      GREAT HUB

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      Ashish Joshi 5 years ago from India

      Beautiful hub, Spy...this hub has reminded me of something important that's there is my mind but somehow I'm not getting time to do that. This hub has brought it back to my priority. Thanks a lot.

      Shared...and up and beautiful of course!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you Jpcmc. Yeah, others do take advantage if you're too kind. They tend to rely on you for their needs too.. some people are like that..I've seen people who are jsut nice and good because they want something. But we always know deep inside our hearts when to help..

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello M,

      This another beautiful hub. Many of us really fail when it comes to being a good samaritan. There are times when I feel others are simply taking advantage of other people's kindness. This stops me from actually helping others.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you Aubrey! on my own point of view and for the things i've experienced here, people hesitate to help because they're afraid of taking responsibilty..i dont know why but they rather just stare on the needy than to lend a hand.

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Nice work, Unknown. I really was thinking of this the other day. People are so nice and help so easily, but for some reason there is a hesitation. Have we closed our hearts? Is it because of technology? We don't need to talk face to face to connect anymore!! idk...

      -Aubrey

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you so much Ann!

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      Ann1Az2 5 years ago from Orange, Texas

      us, great example in the Bible about how we should treat each other. Voted up.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi TT! Im so glad you stopped by. Thank you for reading!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Well written hub with a wonderful message, Spy, especially in today's society. VUM.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Letitia, thank you for reading!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you Ruby!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      J, thanks again!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you Mhatter! And congratulations. You really deserve it, you;re a great man!

    • unknown spy profile image
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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you Amethyst. They say that if you do good things, it will come back to you twice.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you Kashmir! yes, if only people loved and helped each other even in just simplest of way..the world will transform into a paradise.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow, yes Shine, please do. Maybe they can use it to teach students valuable lesson they will use for life..

      Yeah I guess i would too.. hhehe thanks!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Oh my, Pamela. All those people just stared at you while you passed out? Oh my gosh, dont they have the heart even just to help you since your daughter has no one to hold her while she's in pain. All they did was just stared and look at you thinking you're drunk. I myself, cannot stand to see blood on other people, im too weak to face it and like you, I could have fainted right there! Just the sight of a hospital makes me dizzy.

      I really hope people who sees someone on the floor, would also have the heart to help others. That person could be someone's elses parents..siblings..wife or husband..had a family..

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      That's wonderful, a parabol about a parabol and especially a meaningful reminder.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi KJ, that was one great help, volunterring at the shelter. I also emailed one of the orphanage here to let me volunteer on my free time..rather than sitting and watching movies alone evry weekend.

      I also had one experience like yours. When someone wanted $ and I have food, i gave them food. but sometimes, you can see them throwing that food. it was sad though, but other people wanted money so they could buy cig or drinks..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful and i understand...thank you..

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you James! people who helped others without asking anything in return has all the blessings of our Lord.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Lipnancy, thank you for the votes and shared :)

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you Dave. I never really had an actual experience seeing someone needed help and people around just standing and watching. But I think if that's the case, nobody would want to help, maybe I should..Yeah, and just ask somebody to get help if the case is too hard to handle all by yourself since there are a lot of people witnessing, they just cant stand there without offering a little help.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      You are evry welcome M! :)

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      tHANK YOU j! you're soo kind :)

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Brave, thank you for reading (anyway, i've updated the hub). People were soaked in on their internal lives that they tend to see the world and lend a helping hand even just guide an elderly while crossing the street or even put a penny on a poor beggar's can. It's a small help actually but for them, it's already big enough.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Ronald, thank you!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      A Samaritan is a person, and a phrase good samaritan means, someone who helps a stranger (I already update the hub for you Kylex ^;^)he was called a 'good samaritan' because even if he doenst know that wounded man, still he helped him.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I am a 33rd degree mason. An honor awarded me for my service to society.

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      Amethystraven 5 years ago from California

      Great hub!!! It is always wise to stop and safely help someone in need. Never knowing when you may need help yourself, if you help someone in need, you will in turn be helped when it's least expected. Take care Kashmir56.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi M. Great hub with a awesome message ! If more people would help just one person a day, just think how wonderful this world would be !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      @Billy, sir, thank you so much!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      @Snow, thank you for reading.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      @Nothuk, you are right. people are busier than ever on their lives and might not notice what's going on..

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Nice one M! Great idea by the teacher also. I'm going to share this with my daughters who are teachers and they could teach their students a valuable lesson!

      I would have been late. I know me and I always pay attention to my surroundings. There's just no way I could have walked past the dog or the elderly woman. If I had a penny I would also share that. Awesome hub!

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I really like this hub.

      I experienced first hand what it can be like when no one is charitable. I was in a McDonalds in Vancouver, BC with my three year old daughter -- way back when. We went into the washroom. She wanted to close the stall door herself. For the first time, I let her. I didn't realize it had a spring on it. It sprung and caught her thumb. Blood started to pour out. I knew I was going to faint. It was my imagination causing my problem -- I thought she'd lost her thumb. She had screamed loudly and a lady came running in. I had a moment where I knew the lady would help her and I didn't want my daughter to see me pass out. I didn't think of putting my head between my knees -- just thought of getting out of the washroom. I passed out in the main area of McDonalds in front of 30 people. I was terribly bruised on my chest, knees and chin for weeks. Purple, green and yellow bruises. I don't know how long I was 'out' for. When I came to, my daughter was being looked after by ambulance attendants. Nobody had come to help me. I'm thankful the lady helped my daugher. They had all passed judgment on me -- perhaps they thought I was drunk. Aren't drunk people worth saving, too? It really showed me how people can react like a herd of cows and block out compassion if they aren't cognizant of that danger.

      Great topic you've chosen and great reminder to all of us.

      Voting up.

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      kjforce 5 years ago from Florida

      I have on occassion done the " good Samaritan" act... poor sap one morning on my way to the hospital approached me as he was hungry and wanted $..I had packed myself a beautiful " Dagwood " sandwich/fruit/nice juice and some nuts...so I gave it to him, walked on and felt really good about myself..very busy day, no time to go to cafeteria, very hungry 12 hours later..left the hospital and as I walked outside the door..there was my lunch, all over the sidewalk..uneaten but squashed..I never again did that again..lesson learned...I volunteered at the shelter each holiday after that...that was my contribution....very interesting hub..

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      I love that you wrote about this M. Having compassion for others and lending a hand when needed is a beautiful attribute to carry in life. Outstanding job with this hub my friend, voted up, shared, awesome, interesting, and beautiful :)

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Great lesson for all of us. Voted Up and Shared.

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      Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      unknown: Thank you for this writing.

      I have a question. If you were in a fast food restaurant, and witnessed someone choking on something with people just standing around watching, how would you respond, what would you do? If you had a cell would you simply dial 911, or would you actually do something to help?

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Excellent review of a great parable M! I am enjoying your parable hubs , keep them up! :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Nice hub, Spy! We have become a very selfish society. We ridicule the poor and homeless, but don't offer a meal or a clean shirt. We pity the broken down car on the side of the road, but don't stop to offer help, make a phone call or to wait with them while help comes.

      I have had people show kindness to me throughout my life. I try to do the same.

      "Do unto others as you would have done to yourself". "What would Jesus do?" If we ask ourselves these questions, perhaps we can rid ourselves of living internally and see the world for all it's beauty and yes, suffering, and lend a hand to those who need us!

      Awesome, my friend!

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      Ronaldcarter 5 years ago from Portland

      GR8 Post ... THANK YOU !

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      Crazzy Kylex © 2012 5 years ago from Incredible India!

      We? Nope, not at least me. I really don't know what does this 'samaritan' mean. This word has always been making me curious since I came across it in the book 'No one left to tell' (by Karen Rose). I tried to look in the dictionary but the definition is not that satisfactory. I hope you'll make me clear what a 'good' samaritan is after all.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Typically beautiful my dear with a powerful message.

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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Great hub about helping others. Thank you!

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      nothuk 5 years ago from Varna, Bulgaria

      Nice example, unknown spy ... people seem to miss what is important due to the everyday tasks they have and quite often it is right in front of you and you can make the difference for someone who needs a hand.