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Love Thy Neighbor

Does the command "Love thy neighbor" include giving money to charity requests that come in the mail, or are we directed just to help people that we personally know?

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"James
Didn't his actions exemplify the command, "Love thy neighbor"? The beaten man was not being a Good neighbor to the Samaritan, but he was being treated like a neighbor by the Samaritan"

---David

no, the Samaritan was not fulfilling the "Love thy neighbor" command, he was simply displaying the mercy of God.

In that way, he proved himself to be a neighbor.

Romans 5:8 says that God displayed His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.

Not while we were neighbors, or friends, but enemies.
---James_L on 5/28/15


What does Savior of all mean. That statement is made once in the Bible.

1Timothy 4:10
For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

So we can say that Jesus died to save all human beings. This is backed up by a number of other verses.

But does this mean that all humans are saved?

From Scripture we can read that many will be lost because they love sin.

1Timothy 4:1
But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,...

Therefore Jesus has died for all but not all choose to be saved.

Agape
---Samuelbb7 on 5/28/15


Bill... so if all mankind are not saved, then God is not the savior of all mankind. You can't have it both ways.
---learner2 on 5/27/15

Logically said L2. There is only one truth. Truth cannot tolerate untruth.

Deut 7:6,
Deut 32:9, 29
Num 23:9
2Sam 7:23
Psalm 78:5
Psalm 147:19, 20
Isa 41:8-9
Isa 43:1,
Isa 45:4
Isa 49:3
Isa 53:8
Eze 37:26-28
Hosea 1:11
Joel 2:27
Amos 3:2
Micah 2:12
Habakkuk 3:13

New Covenant
Matt 1:21
Lk 1:68
Lk 1:77
Matt 15:24
Jhn 1:31
Rom 11:26
Etc, etc, etc.

---Trav on 5/28/15


Bill, that does not seem logical. If it says that God is the savior of all mankind, so if all mankind are not saved, then God is not the savior of all mankind. You can't have it both ways.
---learner2 on 5/27/15


"Bill, that God is the savior of all mankind. I have been told that is not to be believed.
---learner2 on 5/24/15"

I think they mean not to believe "universalism". Universalists claim that eventually all people will be saved. But 1 Timothy 4:10 does not say this, but that God "is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe." Even though in His heart God desires all to be saved, an unbeliever is keeping oneself from being saved, but somehow might benefit from God helping him or her, at least to get another breath of air.

Geraldine > if God gave His Son Jesus while we were so distant and "enemies" (Romans 5:10), I think He is fine with us giving money to help distant people (c:
---Bill on 5/27/15




James
The Good Samaritan parable is about being a Good neighbor. Wasn't the Good Samaritan being a good neighbor towards the beaten stranger?
How could he be a good neighbor, lest he treated the beaten and robbed stranger, like a neighbor? Didn't his actions exemplify the command, "Love thy neighbor"? The beaten man was not being a Good neighbor to the Samaritan, but he was being treated like a neighbor by the Samaritan.


I'll let your namesake answer for me- Trav

Trav
We are not God, we are commanded to love our enemy. How can we keep this command when we have an enemy, when hate is that which makes them our enemy?
---David on 5/27/15


Many here need to see the context in which "love thy neighbor" was written

Leviticus 19:18
You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself


Sons of your people = neighbor

And the command was to love your neighbor AS YOURSELF

Not simply love your neighbor, but as you love yourself.
---James_L on 5/26/15


Trav
How can you love an enemy when an enemy is someone you hate?
---David on 5/21/15

I'll let your namesake answer for me.
Psa_86:17 Shew me a token for good, that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me.
Psa_119:104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
Psa_139:21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
Psa_139:22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.
Luk_14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, mother, wife, children, brethren, sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
---Trav on 5/26/15


Trav
But didn't Israel reject Christ?
...but who became Israel ...
---David on 5/23/15

This is so uncomplicated by witnesses, David you may come to love it through them.
Who became Israel? North House of Ten put away/divorced were already Israel. "Lost" and "Scattered".
Judah, Christ's own family tribe...rejected him. North House of Israel didn't. Matt 10:6/Matt 15:24. Note New Covenant wording in Heb 8:8..."with the House of Israel..."AND" house of Judah.
Prophets explain the two house split. Two sticks that will be reunited.
Park Paul until you see these two house groups in prophecy...then Paul is understood speaking to both houses "ethnos, Nations".
---Trav on 5/26/15


it's anyone who may need your acts of righteousness.

---David on 5/24/15


That's where you're departing from scripture. Jesus never, never, ever called the guy in need a neighbor. Not once.

The one who helped was the neighbor.

You have it exactly backward.

Neighbor = friend, and it was an OLD Testament thing.

Nowadays, in the NEW Covenant, we're brothers because of the Spirit of grace
---James_L on 5/24/15




Bill, that God is the savior of all mankind. I have been told that is not to be believed.
---learner2 on 5/24/15


James
I understand, but I think you are misunderstanding the premise of the Lords parable.

1. Jesus said to the man, "love your neighbor as yourself" in (Matthew 10:27), an answer to the mans Eternal life question.

2. The man then asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?", in (Matthew 10:29).

3. So, the premise for the Samaritan parable is in the answer to the question, "Who is my neighbor?"

The Samaritan showed love to the man who needed help, and there is no indication the Samaritan knew the man. So to answer the mans, neighbor question, the Lord showed him a neighbor is not just someone you love, it's anyone who may need your acts of righteousness.



---David on 5/24/15


David and Bill well put.

John 10:16
And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

The Gentiles in the Old Testament could join Israel but Baptism and Circumcision.

Paul shows they are added by Baptism and circumcision of the heart. The Sheep who now form Israel come from the Gentiles. Saying that we are wrong does not prove it. There have been provided many scriptures. Explain why they are incorrect.

I believe that the scripture you present have been answered. If not then give the ones you believe unanswered.

Agape
---Samuelbb7 on 5/24/15


So, then, Learner, how do you understand 1 Timothy 4:10? After all, it is about God and God is our example to follow >

"Therefore be imitators of God as dear children." (Ephesians 5:1)

So, if Paul says God "is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe," what does this mean for us . . . how do we apply this for following God's example??

(c:

For loving our neighbor as ourselves, I see this can mean we are ready to help any person, however we can, but be sensitive and sensible about how much a person is ready to benefit from us.

So, yes in loving all people we can give to charity, but make sure with God, in prayer, about where He knows our money should go.
---Bill on 5/24/15


1 Timothy 4:10 is a dangerous verse..
---learner2 on 5/23/15


Loving our neighbor can include giving to charity.

"For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe." (1 Timothy 4:10)

So, God Himself is doing some kind of loving good to any and all people, but those who believe are most able to benefit.

"Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith." (Galatians 6:10)

So, "all" can mean our enemies, plus ones we reach by means of charity.

But if I try to keep an eye on enemies and control how people are helped, I could be making myself my own god, depending on myself.
---Bill on 5/23/15


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David,
You're a few degrees off in your understanding of what I've been saying. And as we go longer, every scenario takes you further distance from what I've said.

Go back to 5/7 and 5/12

Read what I've said previously
---James_L on 5/23/15


Christ stated he came for Israel.--Trav

Travis
But didn't Israel reject Christ? And isn't that why Paul, one of Israel's most respected teachers, called to invite the Gentiles to the wedding?

It is true, the Gospels are written to Israel, but who became Israel under the New Covenant, after the Jews rejection of Christ?

(Galatians 3:28-29) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
And if you are Christs, then you are Abrahams seed, and heirs according to the promise.
---David on 5/23/15


If you were correct Trav then I would be wrong.
---Samuelbb7 on 5/22/15

Christ stated he came for Israel.
He chose 12 of Israel.
His New Covenant is Israel...both Houses.
He commanded the Apostles to search for Israel. Known as Sheep.
They did search...and found them.
You surmise you've replaced Israel.
I've shown and will show hundreds of scriptures showing you created a doctrine of Sam-man.
When sam teaches/preaches ignoring Prophets, Christ and Apostles.
I'll post Israels scripture nullifying sams doctrine.
Why? For the "sheep" Christ came for. The "sheep" you can't mention.
---Trav on 5/22/15


If you were correct Trav then I would be wrong. But Jesus called all people to follow him. Just like those in the Old Testament.

Matthew 28:19
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Psalms 86:9
All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord, and shall glorify thy name.

Psalm 72:11,17

Isaiah 2:2
And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow unto it.

Psa 117:1,23
O praise the LORD, all ye nations: ...
---Samuelbb7 on 5/22/15


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Trav you ignore scripture....
---Samuelbb7 on 5/22/15

I've never posted scripture that anyone wasn't allowed to see "light" or be blessed by Israels GOD. Or not allowed to worship the creator of all.
My issue is your shunning thousands of Israel's scriptures.
Attempting to teach doctrines not of Israel's scripture.
You don't claim this people, to be of this people and never sought "his" people.
You have no spiritual or GOD given authority to "modify" scriptures.
You attempt to change GOD. You turn your back on his prophets. And propose Apostles do that. Crazy. What good is an Apostle/servant if he doesn't honor GOD's prophets or Christ instructions?
---Trav on 5/22/15


Praise the Lord David. GOD be with you and keep up the good work.

Trav you ignore scripture.

Act 10:28
And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation, but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

Act 10:34,35

Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

Matthew 28:19
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Agape
---Samuelbb7 on 5/22/15


Jesus did reach people personally so they could feed on His example.

But I think it can be good to give to organized helping, however God directs. Pray and obey.

But loving our neighbor does not mean only helping someone. Our Father is about family caring and sharing love >

"And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you." (Ephesians 4:32)

So, He wants us to be "tenderhearted" in how we love others (c:

"with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love," (Ephesians 4:2)

Our church has adopted a Dominican Republilc village and a Mayan couple who evangelize in Guatemala.
---Bill on 5/22/15


James
An act of kindness, at just the right time, has an amazing effect on people. I don't know that time, but God does.

I have people in my life, unbelievers, who have come to love me like a brother, because God commanded me through his Holy Spirit, to help them.

These folks see an unnatural goodness in my actions, a goodness which comes from God. These actions get their attention, and some of them have turned to God, because they saw Gods Light in me.

It's the unbeliever, not the believer, who walks in darkness. The light is to guide those who walk in darkness. This is what Jesus meant in (Matthew 5:14-16)
---David on 5/22/15


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Does "love thy neighbor" include giving money to charity, or just people you know?---James_L on 5/21/15

James
I never know when or who it might be, but I do know God, for whatever his reason, wants me to help them. And it always tends to be a stranger.

I'm curious to know, if someone had been robbed and beaten, as in the Good Samaritan parable, and these folks needed your help, would you find out if they were believers before you helped them?
---David on 5/21/15


John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
---Samuelbb7 on 5/21/15

Joh_17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me, for they are thine.
Psa_130:8 he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
Gal_4:5 To redeem them that were under the law,...
Your slaughter of scripture veils truth. Only for a moment. GOD's witnesses find what you do not seek.
Mat_10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Eze_37:28 the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.
---Trav on 5/21/15


Amen David. Thank you for your good Bible points.

Satan wants us to not love others and be hateful. That will drive people away from Jesus.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Jesus loves the little children all the children of the world. Red and Yellow, black and white they are precious in his sight.
---Samuelbb7 on 5/21/15


David,
you've deserted the context of the original question....

Does "love thy neighbor" include giving money to charity, or just people you know?

The context is giving money, and the command to love your neighbor is used out of scriptural context.

A naighbor isn't simply a guy holding a cardboard sign, a charity, or even your brother-in-law.

Neighbor = believer

neighbor is not synonymous with victim
---James_L on 5/21/15


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I love my enemies when they stay where I can keep my eye on them.-Trav

Trav
How can you love an enemy when an enemy is someone you hate?
---David on 5/21/15


A declared enemy of Christ is not a neighbor. Pretty simple.-Trav on 5/15/15

Travis
Perhaps not as simple as you think.
(Matthew 5:43-48)Ye have heard ...
---David on 5/16/15

I love my enemies when they stay where I can keep my eye on them. I love them when they gratefully accept the overflow of blessings we extend them. I love them when they persecute us in word, deed and actions they make us more righteous.
Only unwise people build or establish venomous snake community's around their families. By choice.

Luk_19:27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.
Heb_10:13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
---Trav on 5/18/15


James
Were getting caught up in semantics here.

Yes, the Samaritan was the neighbor to whom Jesus was referring. I don't dispute that. What I dispute is what you said on 5/7/15.
God NEVER commanded us to give money to unbelievers, and a Muslim or Buddhist is not a neighbor to a Christian---James_L

If this is the Truth, do you believe Jesus was wrong when he said, "But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you

---David on 5/18/15


Nicole_Lacey:

When I first read the post in question, I got a good laugh out of it. But I also saw that you spelled the word correctly in a post on another blog, so it was clear that this was just a typo (probably made multiple times by some kind of automatic process), rather than unfamiliarity with spelling.

I don't know about posting using Google. I use Firefox, which underlines invalid words, but is no help when you type a word that is legitimate, but not the one you want.
---StrongAxe on 5/17/15


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"The point was going to make with James was both the Samaritan and the one he helped, were the neighbors."
---David

Where does scripture say that?


"How can you be neighborly, unless the one you are being neighborly too, is also your neighbor?"
---David

I'm really not fond of emotional, philosophical rhetoric. Much better to stick with scripture. But...

It's similar to how you can be a good friend to someone who is not a good friend.


As I stated previously, OT classifications were Neighbor, Stranger, Enemy

The related to Israel. And NT doesn't even use the word Neighbor, except to quote or reference the OT
---James_L on 5/17/15


Rita, I am sorry. I don't know if you ever type using Google before.
It will change your word if you make a single letter error. I usually chance the replacement word before posting. But didn't at the time because I was rushing.

Did you really think I didn't know what genitals are?
It is a medical term used for men and women private area.

If you thought I didn't know I am sorry again.
I don't thought you were being smart with me.

PEACE
---Nicole_Lacey on 5/17/15


Nicole, I asked you to look it up so that you will not make the same error again. I was not being uncharitable at all. Cluny posted after I had done so.
---Rita_H on 5/17/15


David you are correct it is the good Samaritan who was the neighbor to the victim. --Samuelbb7

Samuel
The point was going to make with James was both the Samaritan and the one he helped, were the neighbors.

How can you be neighborly, unless the one you are being neighborly too, is also your neighbor?

---David on 5/17/15


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Rita, Cluny realized the crazy error I made.
I know you knew I made a MISTAKE.

I will do the favor you ask if you will please read Cluny's post.
Learn from him the art of CHARITABLE correction.

Your remark is the reason why men call girl's fights: CATTY.

Peace
---Nicole_Lacey on 5/16/15


Yes Cluny, I laughed so hard when I read my post. Sorry
---Nicole_Lacey on 5/16/15


Nicole, dear soul, you've made a terrible Freudian slip.

The word you're looking for is GENTILE.

BTW, Ruth, an ancestor of King David, and therefore of Christ, was a Gentile.

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/16/15


A declared enemy of Christ is not a neighbor. Pretty simple.-Trav on 5/15/15

Travis
Perhaps not as simple as you think.
(Matthew 5:43-48)Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you, that ye may be the children of your Father who is in Heaven.

Trav
Notice the reason I have underscored, the reason Jesus gives that we must love our enemies. The meaning behind the Lords parable is "Not everyone who says they are a child of God, is a child of God."
---David on 5/16/15


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Nicole, unless you are testing our powers of observation, or have developed a very strange sense of humour, please use a dictionary and look up the word genitals.
---Rita_H on 5/16/15


Samaritans are Jewish people mixed with Genitals people.

They are offspring's of disobedient Jewish people who disobey God when He told them not to marry Genitals.

Jewish people were pure and obey God and didn't have Genital blood.
---Nicole_Lacey on 5/15/15


YES, YES, YES,...The Samaritans and Jewish people HATED each other.
But, it was the hated person who OVER LOOK his hate...
---Nicole_Lacey on 5/15/15

You've highlight a point, chase it deeper still. The Samaritans were the North House of Israel in allegory and truth in most cases. Jerusalem to Jerico is consideration as well.
Judah-ites / Levi-tes did not like Samaritans was because their house of "ten" had been put away, divorced from GOD. And all that was implied legally through this. The Samaritan, put away, still had a heart for his cousins Judah. Who was suffering.
Jer_3:8 I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce,....
---Trav on 5/15/15


But, unbeknownst to the "love thy neighbor" crowd...

Jesus never called the victim a neighbor,the SAMARITAN was the neighbor
He specifically asked which one was the neighbor, and the options were the 3 who weren't the victim
---James_L on 5/14/15

Good stuff. Many times what is not said speaks.
Nana had some good references too.
Neighbor
ple & #772,sion
play-see'-on
Neuter of a derivative of & #960, & #949, & #769, & #955, & #945, & #962, pelas (near), (adverb) close by, as noun, a neighbor, that is, fellow (as man, countryman, Christian or friend): - near, neighbour.
---Trav on 5/15/15


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Jesus never called the victim a neighbor,the SAMARITAN was the neighbor
---James_L on 5/14/15

Are you a lawyer? You seem to have the double-talk down pat?

Perhaps you cannot spiritually discern this lesson. I think the Lawyer who questioned Jesus got it. I think the Lawyer learned that the victim was his neighbor, for even a lowly Samaritan saw the victim as his neighbor.

As I have said in other blogs, I see all of mankind as my neighbor. I believe Jesus did too.

But why do you not want to love your neighbors? Specifically neighbors who look, act, and believe differently than you?
---Mark_Eaton on 5/15/15


How about Osama bin laden before his death? He our neighbor? No. But, he had every opportunity to be. He was blind, an is a (dead) enemy.---Trav on 5/15/15

YES, YES, YES, That is the point Jesus is trying to get to us.
The Samaritans and Jewish people HATED each other.
But, it was the hated person who OVER LOOK his hate and saw the Jewish dying person as a HUMAN BEING NOT THE ENEMY.

Jesus said: It's been said to hate your enemy, BUT I SAY LOVE YOUR ENEMY.

So, He gives them an example. The other 3 were countrymen, not the hated Samaritan.
---Nicole_Lacey on 5/15/15


Of course you would! If you didn't help them out, and they died in that pit, it would most assuredly bother your conscience.
---David on 5/14/15

A declared enemy of Christ is not a neighbor. Pretty simple.
See a difference between helping the helpless and helping Christ's declared enemies.
You wouldn't give "Goliath" a hand out of a pit or his brothers.
How about Osama bin laden before his death? He our neighbor? No. But, he had every opportunity to be. He was blind, an is a (dead) enemy.

Mat_12:30 He that is not with me is against me, and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
---Trav on 5/15/15


Good point Rita. We should not support those organizations who are opposed to Christianity.

David you are correct it is the good Samaritan who was the neighbor to the victim. As Christians we are supposed to be neighbors to the world.

On Christ the Solid Rock I stand.
---Samuelbb7 on 5/15/15


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Jesus never called the victim a neighbor, the SAMARITAN was the neighbor. He specifically asked which one was the neighbor, and the options were the 3 who weren't the victim -James_L

James
I'm not quite sure I understand your point. Are you saying the Samaritan, who helped the victim is the neighbor, and the victim is not?
---David on 5/15/15


There is a world of difference in a). helping someone up who has fallen and paying someone's bus fare (when they've lost their purse) without knowing what faith they belong to, if any, and b). giving actual cash to a non-Christian or anti-Christian organisation.

Who would ever be drawn towards Christianity if we all ignored the simple needs of all who were not Christians?

However, we must do nothing which will support and help non-Christian or anti-Christian organisations - i.m.o.
---RitaH on 5/15/15


David,
your scenario is similar to the story Jesus told about the Samaritan who helped the one who was robbed.

But, unbeknownst to the "love thy neighbor" crowd...

Jesus never called the victim a neighbor,the SAMARITAN was the neighbor

He specifically asked which one was the neighbor, and the options were the 3 who weren't the victim
---James_L on 5/14/15


Exodus 22:21 "Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt."

This verse hardly would point to "a stranger" as if it were an "unfamiliar 5th cousin".

Exodus 12:49 "One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you."

Numbers 15:29 "Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them."
---Nana on 5/14/15


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James
If a Buddhist or a Muslim fell in to a pit of quicksand, wouldn't you help them out of that pit?

Of course you would! If you didn't help them out, and they died in that pit, it would most assuredly bother your conscience. Why would it bother your conscience, if they were not your neighbors in the eyes of God?
---David on 5/14/15


Amen Mark-Eaton.

How will they know the Gospel if we do not live it and spread it to the whole world.

After all Jesus died for the whole world.

Agape
---Samuelbb7 on 5/13/15


a Muslim or Buddhist is not a neighbor to a Christian
---James_L on 5/7/15

Wow. How do you justify this?

Your statement is the same as the Jews not helping the Samaritans because they were not Jews. Seems to me Jesus told them otherwise.

And what about loving our enemies? We cannot show love to others if all we do for them is pray. Love is action.

I would suggest you review what Jesus says about neighbors and enemies.
---Mark_Eaton on 5/13/15


Trav,
brother.>Now believers are brothers
---James_L on 5/12/15

Brother, nice to meet and eat meat with you.
Believers can be brothers/sisters and "ekklesia" for sure seeing, hearing, considering the same scriptures.
8 heb words for "stranger" in O T Covenant books and 10 in New Covenant books.
They can be kinsmen (brother/sister) like your unfamiliar 5th cousin on your 5th uncles side in Oregon.
New Covenant books with the same previously Covenanted "strangers", "sheep", "pilgrims", "scattered", "far off", people bear looking at and for. Family reunions have an instinctive, affection or heart towards their own "believing" tree.
---Trav on 5/13/15


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Trav,
good post, brother.

What I noticed in OT is a division -
neighbor, stranger, enemy

It related to the tribes, and how they related to each other, those aliens among them, and those around them

Neighbor was presumed to be a believer, one who was friendly to the tribes

Now believers are brothers
---James_L on 5/12/15


...As we can see above, and in the "Good Samaritan" parable a brother and a neighbor are not the same. ...
---David on 5/8/15

Scriptural considerations for you.
Nothing changed with GOD. Man changed intermingling doctrines.
Samaritan is a resident of Samaria. Samaria was the Capital city of the North House of Israel. The Lost Sheep of Israel were residents. Joseph, Ephraim/Manasseh are its historical, foundational scriptural lineage. Assyrian, Babylonian, Turks, Persians, Romans, Greeks, etc also are integrated into the society by Christ's time.
If we look at most the the 122 times neighbour is used, it is a friend, fellow countryman, christian.
This "Samaritan" had laws in his heart. Heb 8:10.
---Trav on 5/11/15


(Matthew 12:50)NKJV
For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.


As we can see above, and in the "Good Samaritan" parable a brother and a neighbor are not the same. But with an act of mercy, you may turn a neighbor into a brother.

(Matthew 5:16)
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
---David on 5/8/15


Yes the Jews would agree with you.

But Jesus would not. The Jews and Samaritans generally hated each other.

But in the Parable of the Good Samaritan Jesus showed religious people leaving their fellow Jew to die. But a person they hated acted as his brother to him.

We are to love all people no matter what their religion or no religion.

Mat 25:37-39
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

Agape
---Samuelbb7 on 5/7/15


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God NEVER commanded us to give money to unbelievers, and a Muslim or Buddhist is not a neighbor to a Christian
---James_L on 5/7/15

Correct they are no brothers of mine.
Finally a man who does his research.
Where have you been these past years.
Isa 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
Isa 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, and there a little:

Luk_17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him, and if he repent, forgive him.
---Trav on 5/7/15


Look up neighbor in a concordance, and see the OT usage versus NT. Remember that the NT began when Jesus died - NOT Matthew 1:1

Now look up brother and compare the same.

Old Testament neighbor became New Testament brother.

In other words, a believer.

God NEVER commanded us to give money to unbelievers, and a Muslim or Buddhist is not a neighbor to a Christian
---James_L on 5/7/15


No, we should not necessarily help only people that we know (in fact, some of those people might not be as much 'in need' as they'd like others to think). However, we do not have to feel guilty if we don't give to every charity which sends us a begging letter. Some are scams, some are anti-Christian and some waste much of the donated money. Always check them out and, if you don't don't want to give to particular ones then don't.

It helps if you ask for God's guidance through prayer though.
---Rita_H on 5/7/15


Charities that ask YOU for money usually have no idea who YOU are, personally, but treat you as a magic mailbox somewhere in the world they can pleas to, and checks magically come back by return mail. They scavenge mailing lists from all over to increase the number of magic mailboxes they have working for them. There have been many times when I sent a charity money once, then got pestered by them with sob stories every month for years, until I moved an they lost track of me.

Jesus's parable of the Good Samaritan explained what "neighbor" means. I don't ever recall it meaning "Corporation".
---StrongAxe on 5/6/15


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David, my conscience is alive and well, praise God.
---learner2 on 5/6/15


Heb_8:10 ...Trav
And yet when you go into a church, these teachers, they tell their sheep they are not under Gods Law, but they are under Gods NEW COVENANT.
---David on 5/6/15

I refuse to sit in front of these "uncalled" teacher/preachers. If I must, I read scripture ignoring them.
Sounds hard but, when they show by "marks" they have or will not ask the "only" teacher. When they ignore specific scripture because they cannot unify it. When they do not seek or recognize "sheep", then they have the "marks" GOD provided for us to recognize them. All they would have to do is "ask" Christ. They won't, they have a public face to uphold and mens doctrine they prefer.
---Trav on 5/6/15


Heb_8:10 I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts:

Trav
This Law God puts into our minds and writes on our hearts, do you know the other name for Gods Law?
It's called a covenant. (Jeremiah 31:31-33)

And yet when you go into a church, these teachers, they tell their sheep they are not under Gods Law, but they are under Gods NEW COVENANT.

Does that make sense in any world, other than the one they live in?
---David on 5/6/15


... (Matthew 13:3-8).
...let Gods goodness/ your conscience, be your guide.
---David on 5/5/15

David, The specific but, unpopular fountain of the above is below.
Heb_8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to "know the mysteries" of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Some know...some never will. Scriptures that ignoring and unbelieving denom's won't/can't address.
---Trav on 5/5/15


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David, that's way too complicated for me to understand. --learner2

Learner
You're right it is complicated, when you put it into words. Basically put, your conscience is the goodness of God, that goodness which is sown into our hearts when we receive Gods Holy Spirit (Matthew 13:3-8).

Gods Holy Spirit, given to guide us to do good. And when we do not do the good, the Holy Spirit guides us to do, our conscience will bother us.
And when we do evil, when we do not turn from sin, that evil the Holy Spirit tells us not to do, our conscience will bother us.

When in doubt, let Gods goodness/ your conscience, be your guide.


---David on 5/5/15


David, that's way too complicated for me to understand.
---learner2 on 5/4/15


Seems to me that Jesus told us who were our neighbors in the parable of the Good Samaritan. The whole of mankind is my neighbor.

I take time to help my city, my community, my church, my block neighbors, my friends and family.

I rarely give money to any of these.
---Mark_Eaton on 5/4/15


If someone asks you for help, and your conscience doesn't bother you if you don't help, this is because it was not a command from God (Romans 2:14-15). If you do help, your help is what the Bible calls dead works (Hebrews 9:14).

If someone asks for help, and your conscience bothers you if you don't help, the help you give is called a good work.

What's the difference? Gods reward is in our good works (Romans 2:5-7), not our dead works. Good works are doing what God commands of us, those commands God puts into our minds, and those commands he writes on our hearts.

Dead works are commands which reap no reward, they have no value to God. Good works have value to God, and in them you will receive your reward.

---David on 5/4/15


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I often give money to panhandlers. I don't make them fill out a form so I can decide whether they are worthy or not. I leave that to the government.
---learner2 on 5/3/15


Thank you, NurseRobert. I will try using that source.
---Geraldine on 5/3/15


There is a good tool for checking charities..

Charity Navigator. IT shows you where the money goes.
---NurseRobert on 5/3/15


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