A young man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was set upon by robbers. They beat him and stole all he had and left him for dead. 

A priest came down, but seeing him, passed by on the other side.

Later that day, a Levite came by, but he too passed on.

That evening, a Samaritan came by. Seeing the man lying by the side of the road, he was moved to pity, but then he stopped to think. ‘hang on’, he thought. Am I being conned here? Maybe this so-called ‘young man’ isn’t in fact so young after all. He patted him down, and found no documents to prove age.

 ‘Well that’s suspicious in itself’, he thought. Then he had a really good look at his teeth, but it turns out that this is not a conclusive test.

The Samaritan pondered some more. ‘This could be an elaborate scam. He could even be a terrorist – or at least someone who in the right circumstances might become a terrorist sympathiser in later life’.

And so, after much deliberation, he too passed by.

“And which of these” asked Jesus, “was a neighbour to the man who was by the side of the road?”

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