The parable of the good human.

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On one occasion an expert in Christian Doctrine stood up to test Jesus.

“Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the bible?” 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?”

In reply Jesus said:

“A migrant Caravan was going down from Honduras to America because they were being persecuted and being oppressed by their government. The government stripped them of dignity, marginalized and murdered them, so they left to seek asylum and refuge.

An evangelist on a conversation crusade happened to be going down the same road as them, and when he saw them, he passed by on the other side because he didn’t want them to come into his country and drain it of its resources.

So too, a missions group, when they came to the place and saw them, passed by on the other side, because they feared them being violent and angry from the footage they saw on fox news.

But a humanist group,as they traveled, came where the migrant caravan was; and when they saw them, they took pity on them. They went to the caravan and bandaged their wounds, and gave them food and clothes. Then they put the migrant caravan in its own fleet of vehicles, brought them to a place of asylum and took care of them.

The next day they collected millions of dollars amongst themselves and paid for the caravans expenses to the place they were seeking refuge and safety.”

Jesus asked:

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the migrant caravan who fell into the hands of corrupt government?”

The expert in Christian doctrine replied, “The group who had mercy on them.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

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