On one occasion an expert in theology stood
up to a speaker of radical religious ideas and said, "What do
you think one must do in order to get to heaven?" To which
the radical replied, "What does your bible teach you?"
The theologian responded, "It says we are
to love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our
soul and with all our strength and with all our mind; and, we
are to love our neighbor as ourselves." To which the
radical responded, "You have answered correctly, if you do
these things you will have eternal life."
Not satisfied, the theologian attempted to
trap the radical by inquiring, "But just who is my
Accepting the theologian’s challenge, the
"A man was hitchhiking from New York City
to Topeka, Kansas. Two-thirds of the way into his journey he
was assaulted on the side of the road, robbed of all his
money, stripped of his clothes, and left for dead. A
Christian minister happened to be driving down the same
road shortly thereafter and, when he saw the man, he shook
his head and continued onward. Later, a Jewish rabbi
came along and he too saw the man and passed him by.
Finally, a Muslim immigrant came upon the beaten man
and when he saw him, he took pity on him as commanded by the
Qur’an. He went to him, bandaged his wounds, and then placed
him in his car and drove the man to the nearest hospital.
The next day he came back to the hospital and said, ‘Please
look after him for as long as it takes and mail me all the
The radical continued, "Now I ask you,
which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the
man who was assaulted and left for dead?"
The theologian replied sarcastically, "I
suppose you would say that the Muslim was his neighbor because
he had mercy on him."
"Indeed I would," said the radical,
"and so does Luke 10:25 through Luke 10:37. Now I challenge you
to be like the Muslim!"