Originally posted by knightmeister
Implicit in surrender is the love of God. Love is not love if it does not accept you for exactly who you are at this moment. Love indeed does so, and more. It fills you and moves you.
Ahhhh....the voice of sanity! Well said! The problem is that the unconditional acceptance and love of God is too thr ...[text shortened]... earn it. The simple idea that God just loves us , period, is just not complicated enough for us.
Which of the characters in the following story would you say had the love of God in him, the levite, the priest or the Samaritan?
I know, I dont know the correct interpretation of that parable.
I am in the dark.
Do you think the priest and the levite thought that their salvation was guaranteed, and maybe thats why they passed the suffering man without helping? I mean why take risks with your life when your seat in the kingdom is booked !
The Samaritan did not know of Christ so I guess his good deeds are like useless rags !!! Am I finally right ?
Luke 10:25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
37 And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.