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EVERYONE IS YOUR NEIGHBOR!

By Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director - Internet Church Of Christ - LoveAllPeople.org

"Treat Others As You Would Like To Be Treated"

The Bible states it very clearly, so there can be no possible misunderstanding:

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       For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, "You shall love your
       neighbor as yourself." (Galatians 5:14 RSV)
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And who is your neighbor? Everyone is your neighbor. This is shown in the Parable Of The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37, shown below). The Samaritans and the Jews did not like each other very much. They lived apart and did not consider themselves to be neighbors. So by using this parable as His example, Jesus teaches us that everyone is our neighbor. Therefore, "Love your neighbor as yourself" means "Love all people as yourself," since everyone is our neighbor. Nobody is excluded.
       LUKE 10:25-37 (RSV)
       
                           The Good Samaritan
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        25
               And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test,
               saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal
               life?"
        26
               He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you
               read?"
        27
               And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with
               all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your
               strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as
               yourself."
        28
               And he said to him, "You have answered right; do this, and
               you will live."
        29
               But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And
               who is my neighbor?"
        30
               Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to
               Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and
               beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
        31
               Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when
               he saw him he passed by on the other side.
        32
               So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw
               him, passed by on the other side.
        33
               But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was;
               and when he saw him, he had compassion,
        34
               and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil
               and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him
               to an inn, and took care of him.
        35
               And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to
               the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him; and whatever
               more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.'
        36
               Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the
               man who fell among the robbers?"
        37
               He said, "The one who showed mercy on him." And Jesus said
               to him, "Go and do likewise."
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     bmcgin@patriot.net
     

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       Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director - LoveAllPeople.org

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