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Entered By: Mark
Entry Date: 2011-10-27 22:42:02
Subject: Thursday October 27, 2011
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Luke 10:30-37

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

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

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

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

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Going to try and be as anonymous as possible here, but this story relates to the whole faith/prosperity Gospel that seems to still be popular.

Recently a woman "Jane" went to comfort a relative whom was very ill. In the course of speaking with doctors it was found that the relative was not taking her medication. When the relative's pastor came to comfort her, Jane asked the pastor to encourage the relative to take her medication. The pastor spoke with the relative and told her "it's ok for someone without much faith to take a pill".

I'm not making this up.

I am wondering, if the Good Samaritan was doing wrong by not praying for healing. Why didn't Jesus chastise the Samaritan? Where was the Samaritan's faith?

Faith, ladies and gentlemen, has little to do with refusing medical care. Faith has everything to do with loving your neighbor; because faith is about knowing that God is real and that we will one day account for our actions. If you have faith, you will not only encourage your loved ones to take their medications and receive medical treatment, but you will also offer to help purchase such treatment if they cannot do so (you know, like the Good Samaritan).





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