What is Jesus trying to tell us in the Parable of the Good Samaritan

Literary, Economic, and Social Contexts for the Parable of the Good Samaritan,

The Perils of Being a Good Samaritan in California - TIME

The proposed legislation, SB 39, would enact the Good Samaritan Protection Act, which would amend the current statute to define emergency care as "medical or nonmedical." Referring to the current Good Samaritan statute, Benoit says, "If in fact the intention was just to limit it to medical providers providing medical care, that was too narrow [a piece of legislation] in my estimation, and this case shows it. I don't believe that was really the intent, even if it is in fact the way it's been interpreted. If not, it needs to be changed. We need to clarify that, and I thought, Let's move quickly and clarify it." Such proposed legislation would not be retroactive and would have no impact on the ruling in the Torti–Van Horn case. ()

Premier Health announced Wednesday it will cease operations at Good Samaritan Hospital by the end of the year.

The Good Samaritan | Greek and Hebrew

Those laws were set in place in 1980, when the state legislature enacted Health and Safety Code 1799.102, which provides that "no person who in good faith, and not for compensation, renders emergency care at the scene of an emergency shall be liable for any civil damages resulting from any act or omission." However, in its sharply divided 4-3 ruling, the high court held that the state statute immunizing rescuers from liability applies only if the individual is providing medical care in an emergency situation, citing the statute's placement in a section of the code dealing with emergency medical services. Torti, who is not a health-care worker, believed she was acting as a concerned friend.

Good Samaritan, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

Jesus must have surprised those listening to this story when he told them the Samaritan was the hero. The Israelites hated the Samaritans. The Samaritans were a different race of people (of Israelites married to Canaanites). The Israelites looked down on the Samaritans. They despised them and wouldn’t even speak to them on the street. (Acts 10:28) If we learn to hate people because they look different from us, then we think we are better than others because of our race. This is called racism. Jesus taught that this is wrong. It must have made the teachers mad to hear Jesus make a person that they hated the “good guy” in this story.

The story of the Good Samaritan


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The Supreme Court of California has ruled that one good deed may very well not go unpunished — unleashing a debate not only on who is a but also who shouldn't even think about being one. On Dec. 19, the court made a decision in the case of . The case alleged that Torti worsened the injuries suffered by Van Horn by yanking her "like a rag doll" from a wrecked car on Nov. 1, 2004, thus rendering Van Horn a paraplegic. The court found that Torti wasn't protected from legal action under California's current Good Samaritan laws.

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Indeed, in its decision, the supreme court made reference to common-law principles, saying that a "person has no duty to come to the aid of another. If, however, a person elects to come to someone's aid, he or she has a duty to exercise due care. Thus, a 'Good Samaritan' who attempts to help someone might be liable if he or she does not exercise due care and ends up causing harm."

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A teacher of God’s laws asked Jesus a tricky question: what must I do to inherit eternal life? Jesus answered him by asking what he thought the Bible taught. The teacher said we should love God and love our neighbor. (see Deut. 6:5 and Lev. 19:18) Jesus said he was right. But the teacher, who wanted to prove he was a good person, asked him who is my neighbor?