Jesus ministered and taught love your neighbour as yourself for several months before he met the question, "And who is my neighbour?"  No doubt Jesus up to then had been letting people assume that neighbour meant countryman.  That meant he was condoning their abuse of other races.

Jesus told the Parable of the Good Samaritan in response to a selfish lawyer of the Jewish faith. The story is he tries to trap Jesus by calling him teacher and asking how he may get eternal life. Jesus asks him to cite the law. The man replies by giving the commands to love God absolutely and to love your neighbour as yourself. Jesus agrees and tells him to live them and he will have eternal life. The context shows that Jesus regarded the man as not being qualified for eternal life. So, he is telling him to take action. Then the man asks who his neighbour is. Jesus then tells him the parable.

The Samaritan treated a non-Samaritan as a brother and neighbour and went out of his way to help him.    But even then Jesus STILL condones racism.  It is assumed the man helped in the story is a Jew but he refuses to make that clear for he does not want to further Jew and Samaritan relations.  They were extremely hostile and he wants no bridges mended.  There is a big difference in saying some Samaritans can be good and saying you want the hostility ended.  He chooses a Samaritan as the hero for Jews and Samaritans were the same race. He might broaden what neighbour means but it is still racist.  It was racism that led him to broaden it in the first place.    It is interesting that he did not make the hero out to be a pagan Canaanite. Or a Roman.


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