Luke: Good Stuff

  1. The people asked John the Baptist what they need to do to avoid hell. He told them to give their excess food and clothes to the poor. 3:10-11
  2. Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely. 3:14
  3. Love you enemies; do good to those who hate you. 6:27
  4. The Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated. 6:31-34
  5. "Love your enemies." Well, it's a nice thought. But it seems strange coming from someone who damns his enemies to hell. (Mark 16:16) 6:35
  6. "Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful." Well I'm glad Jesus thinks we should be merciful. But the Old Testament God is a strange role model for mercy! (See 1 Sam 15:2-3 for an example of the OT God's mercy.) 6:36
  7. "Judge not ... condemn not ... forgive." 6:37
  8. Love thy neighbor as thyself. 10:27
  9. The story of the good Samaritan gets my vote for the best bible story. We should all "go and do likewise." 10:30-37
  10. "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's."
    Pay your taxes. Keep state and church separate. 20:25
  11. From his comments on the widow's mites, it appears that Jesus favored progressive taxation. 21:1-3