Reflection. Who is my neighbor? The question of religion. By Fabian Massa.

Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translate.

Dedicated to Haydee.

Week 70 shares with us: Who is my neighbor? The question of religion.

10.25 In Luke 37, the parable [1] of the Good Samaritan is told. It is a well known text that has been preached to death. This time I want to focus only on some details that usually do not touch. The presented before Jesus is an expert or doctor in Law (Lk 10.25.), Who to test him asked:

Teacher, what do I have to do to inherit eternal life?
26 Jesus replied:
What is written in the law? How do you read it?
27 In response the man cited:
- "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind '; and,' Love your neighbor as yourself."
Well I answered 28 Jesus said to him. Do this and you will live.
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus,
And who is my neighbor? Luke 10.25 - 29 NIV

The expert quote two key texts memory "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind" (Deuteronomy 6.5) and "Love your neighbor as yourself. "(Leviticus 19.18), but then is exposed his ignorance when asked And who is my neighbor?

The parable that follows (and all of you. Known) is typical explanatory method of a rabbi to teach. The point is that this "expert" that the passages literally known, could not implement the enclosed teaching them not knowing the meaning of a single word "neighbor".

For Jesus it was important that this master of Law understood the meaning of that word, because it depended who could implement the command.

How many times we see that the same happens today in our churches, brothers who congregate for many years, "experts" in the Bible, to the point that can recite large portions of it (literally according to their preferred version ) but do not know the meaning of many of the words they use?

It is important to teach the congregation that they need to understand what they say, as simple as that.
Being able ministers of the new covenant [2] means not only knowing the lyrics (what you say and to recite it, as did the religious history) but more importantly: To capture the sense (spirit) that the Author Intellectual (the Holy spirit) wanted the text to be.

What are worth someone recite the whole Bible by heart does not understand what you are saying?

We have the Bible and the help of the Holy Spirit, the part that touches us is to be responsible and study God's Word, not only to speak and teach properly, but to fully understand Scripture by putting work.

Week 70 is about to begin, dust off your dictionary.


[1] A parable is a short and symbolic narrative of a religious moral education, ethical or withdrawn.
[2] 2 Corinthians 3.6

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