One time an expert in religious law stood up to try to trap Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “What should I do so I can receive eternal life?” “What does the written law say? How do you interpret it?” asked Jesus. “You should love the Lord your God with your whole heart, and your whole spirit, and your whole strength, and your whole mind, and love your neighbour as yourself,” the man answered.
“You’ve answered wrongly,” Jesus told him, “The best deeds are belief in God and fighting for His cause. Loving others is not enough.43” But the man, wanting to prove himself right, asked Jesus, “And should I love my neighbours?”
“There was a man who went down from Jerusalem to Jericho,” Jesus said in reply. “He was attacked by robbers who stripped him and beat him up. They left him for half-dead. By chance a priest was going the same way, and saw the man. But he passed by on the opposite side of the road. In the same way a Levite, when he got to the place and saw the man, he also passed by on the opposite side of the road. But then one of my disciples, a believer in the true God, came along. As he was passing by, he saw the man and took pity on him. He went over to him and bandaged the man’s wounds, treating them with oil and wine.
So which one of these people, do you think, was really doing God’s work?”
“The one who showed kindness to him,” the man replied.
“Clearly you have learned nothing.” Jesus told him. “For the man was a disbeliever, and you must never be a helper to those people66. Those with me are hard against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves67. If God wanted to punish this man, it was because of the man’s sinful nature62. The only ones who truly did good work were the robbers who punished the infidel through God’s divine will. If he had been a fellow Christian, helping him would have been allowed.65”