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The story of the good Samaritan has been thoroughly domesticated over the centuries into a call to help the person who has been beaten and left to die at the side of the road. That is certainly an excellent moral precept, one we should strive to follow. Jesus' reason for telling the story, however, was more likely aimed at pointing out that any notion of the moral superiority of one nation or group over another is deeply sinful and contradicts God's will. God would rather have us build bridges than erect walls.
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The version of the Lord's Prayer most commonly prayed is found in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew's Gospel (6.5-15). The sermon itself is sort of an instruction manual on how live in the kingdom, and indeed the Lord's Prayer follows instructions Jesus gave on how not to pray. In contrast, Luke's Gospel presents an abbreviated version of the Our Father after the disciples see Jesus praying and one asks, "Lord, teach us to pray" (11.1-4).