You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy [Moses]. 'But I [Jesus] tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
~ Matthew 5:43-44
Today I had to wake up early & go in on the day shift to take a CPR/First Aid re-certification course as required for my job. We reviewed the Good Samaritan Law that America has implemented:
Good Samaritan laws are laws or acts protecting those who choose to serve and tend to others who are injured or ill. They are intended to reduce bystanders' hesitation to assist, for fear of being sued or prosecuted for unintentional injury or wrongful death.
Then our Instructor reminded us where we are at. Kuwait. He said, that although it might be in our nature to help someone on the side of the road who is need of medical attention, we cannot. Muslim countries have this saying...
InshallahIt could mean any one of the following variations: If Allah (God) wills; When Allah (God) wills; If Allah (God) wishesIslamic Dictionary
That means, that if there was an auto accident, then it's up to God whether the person lives or dies. If anyone tries to help the victim, then they are interfering with God's will & will be charged for their injury or death. So save yourself & leave the victim there.
How sad. For a religion claiming to have Moses & Jesus as prophets, they are very misinformed about the laws of Moses. Of course, Muslims believe the Bible is 'corrupted' & that Moses was Muslim too...wow...but that's' not the issue!
They don't seem to understand the whole point of the 10 Commandments. And the Quran DOES have them in there. The first 3 commandments are directed towards God. The rest are directed towards your treatment to your neighbor. Jesus summed up the commandments by saying LOVE GOD & LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR.
For some of you not familiar with the Good Samaritan story, here it is in a nutshell:
"There was once a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half-dead. Luckily, a priest was on his way down the same road, but when he saw him he angled across to the other side. Then a Levite religious man showed up; he also avoided the injured man.
33-35"A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man's condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill—I'll pay you on my way back.'
36"What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?"
37"The one who treated him kindly," the religion scholar responded.
Jesus said, "Go and do the same."
I read an article entitled "The Entitlement Mentality" by John Agresto that showed America as a country guided upon Good Samaritan principles. Read on please, because this makes my point:
This morning I read the posting of one of my Iraqi students here on a student exchange program: “The words, ‘Americans are cold and unfriendly,’ and ‘America is a dangerous society,’ were the words that always completed the answers to my questions.” Yet, after spending a few months here, he and his friends “were convinced that almost all the rumors about American society and its people were wrong.” America, as it turned out, had “the friendliest people I have ever seen,” and, he added, every other student here with him agreed.
But this should hardly surprise us. When I first went to Baghdad in 2003, there was any number of suicide attacks. Whenever a bomb went off, the Iraqis would run for their lives. That’s only natural. But Americans were different: Whenever a bomb went off, our soldiers would run TOWARDS the bomb, not away. Why? Obviously, not to save themselves but, oblivious to their own safety, to see if they might help save their friends.
Or consider that day ten years ago when the planes flew into the Twin Towers. Beyond the picture of the falling buildings, perhaps the image most seared into our American memories is of policemen and firemen running UP the stairs of the towers while everyone else was running down. They ran up, and they died. Why did they run into those burning and crashing buildings? To save their neighbors, neighbors they didn’t know; neighbors so many of them would never meet.
There are more recent stories. I was in Missouri soon after the tornadoes that destroyed the city of Joplin. Yet, beyond the destruction, what was most evident was the repeated story of strangers sheltering strangers. And hospital workers with no hospital left to go to handing out sandwiches they made. And people no one knew keeping safe children they didn’t know. And the sign scrawled on one collapsed building, “We’re all OK in here,” with the unspoken words: don’t worry about us, help those who are worse off.
How can this be? Where did this concern for our neighbors – and even, in the case of my Iraqi student, for strangers – come from? Let me suggest that we are a charitable and neighborly people for the very reason that we tend to be a fiercely independent people. Look around at most Americans you know -- free men and women who do not wait with their hand out but who stand on their own two feet and give the world their best shot.
In so many places citizens are hardly citizens but subjects -- wards of the government, dependent on the state for their housing, their health care, their monthly salaries, their education, even their weekly food baskets. When troubles come, their first thought is not “How can I help myself and my community” but “Hurry up, government, and help me.” In this regard the contrast, say, between the decidedly independent citizens of the American Heartland on one hand and supinely dependent New Orleans could not be greater.
The excerpt above beautifully illustrated a Western nation that was guided by Biblical principle of loving your neighbor. In contrast, you see Muslim countries who, though give to Charity as required, will not stop to help a neighbor who was assaulted, injured, & in need on the road. LITERALLY.
That is the difference between Western cultures & the Muslim Culture. I'm not saying individuals do not show kindness, they do. But as a CULTURE, they do not. They do not have laws protecting 'Good Samaritans.' Instead, there are 'Moral Police' officers who will arrest their neighbor for having tattoos exposed or kissing in public. And in general I have witnessed Kuwaitis speeding up in their cars towards an Indian pedestrian crossing the street. In Kuwait, a CAMEL is worth more than a human life. You hit a Camel you're screwed.
I pray sincerely that all Muslims come to know the TRUE God & his perfect love in Christ Jesus. Really- though I disagree with their heretic doctrine, I love Muslims & pray for their salvation.