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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

5/06/2007: Who is My Neighbor?

“On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. Teacher, he asked, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"What is written in the Law? he replied. How do you read it?“

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; and, Love your neighbor as yourself."

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

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


Every time I read this Margaret Mead quotation, I am reminded of two events, not necessarily in this order:

Back in the early 70s, I had opportunity to meet the world-renown anthropologist Mead when she was a guest speaker at a Denver IABC meeting.

Secondly, her quotation reminds me of one of the most-quoted parables of Christ: The Story of The Good Samaritan, and how Christ defined the two greatest commandments.

No matter how many "rules" and "laws" we humans create, none of our guildelines speaks more to the point than these words of Christ. As humans, we can and we have written libraries full of codes and requlations, but nothing can summarize a better code for living daily than Luke 10:25-37.Something that comes close:

THE ROTARY 4-WAY TEST … concerning those things that we think, say, do:

1. Is it the truth?

2. Is it fair to all concerned?

3. Will it build good will and better friendships?

4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

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