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  1. God bless you all. The truth will make us free.

  2. In Luke 10: 29-37, is the parable of The Good Samaritan. Some Christians, such as Augustine, have interpreted the parable allegorically, with the Samaritan representing Jesus Christ. Others, however, discount this allegory as unrelated to the parable’s original meaning, and see the parable as exemplifying the ethics of Jesus. Origen described the allegory as follows:

    The man who was going down is Adam. Jerusalem is paradise, and Jericho is the world. The robbers are hostile powers. The priest is the Law, the Levite is the prophets, and the Samaritan is Christ. The wounds are disobedience, the beast is the Lord’s body, the [inn], which accepts all who wish to enter, is the Church. … The manager of the [inn] is the head of the Church, to whom its care has been entrusted. And the fact that the Samaritan promises he will return represents the Savior’s second coming.

    John Calvin, believing ‘that man was created for the sake of man’ was not impressed with Origen’s allegorical reading, slamming him as follows:

    The allegory which is here contrived by the advocates of free will is too absurd to deserve refutation. According to them, under the figure of a wounded man is described the condition of Adam after the fall; from which they infer that the power of acting well was not wholly extinguished in him; because he is said to be only half-dead. As if it had been the design of Christ, in this passage, to speak of the corruption of human nature, and to inquire whether the wound which Satan inflicted on Adam were deadly or curable; nay, as if he had not plainly, and without a figure, declared in another passage, that all are dead, but those whom he quickens by his voice (John 5:25). As little plausibility belongs to another allegory, which, however, has been so highly satisfactory, that it has been admitted by almost universal consent, as if it had been a revelation from heaven. This Samaritan they imagine to be Christ, because he is our guardian; and they tell us that wine was poured, along with oil, into the wound, because Christ cures us by repentance and by a promise of grace. They have contrived a third subtlety, that Christ does not immediately restore health, but sends us to the Church, as an innkeeper, to be gradually cured. I acknowledge that I have no liking for any of these interpretations; but we ought to have a deeper reverence for Scripture than to reckon ourselves at liberty to disguise its natural meaning. And, indeed, any one may see that the curiosity of certain men has led them to contrive these speculations, contrary to the intention of Christ.

    Here is the parable, with my thoughts within brackets:

    [29] But he [a certain lawyer], willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? [30] And Jesus answering said, A certain man [the multitude] went down from Jerusalem [first love] to Jericho [the apostasy], and fell [the Great Tribulation] among thieves [scorpions], which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead [martyrdom]. [31] And by chance there came down a certain priest [serpent] that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side […of the plumb line]. [32] And likewise a Levite [serpent], when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side […of the plumb line]. [33] But a certain Samaritan [Christ], as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him [atonement], [34] And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine [gifts of the Holy Spirit], and set him on his own beast [a white horse], and brought him to an inn [the top of the mountains, Zion], and took care of him. [35] And on the morrow when he departed [Ascension], he took out two pence, and gave them to the host [144,000], and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again [Second Coming], I will repay thee [the reward of eternal life]. [36] Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour [Christlike] unto him that fell among the thieves? [37] And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise. – Luke 10:29-37

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