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[Comic for Sunday, February 20, 2005]

For the curious, I thought I'd include actual references to the Scripture Akhilesh references. (After all, in the Christian faith, the true test of what a person says comes from God is to compare it to Scripture. See 1 John 4:1-6 and 2 Timothy 3:16.) In Panel Three, he quotes part of Luke 10:27, which actually references a command from the Old Testament in Leviticus 19:18. The New Testament quote is actually part of the larger Parable of the Good Samaritan, which Akhilesh refers to in Panel Five and can be found in full in Luke 10:25-37. The Samaritan of the parable would have been considered a social outcast in ancient Jewish society because of Samaritans' long history of intermarrying with other cultures and their straying from "true" Old Testament law. Just like many of Jesus' parables, there are many levels of meaning to this one, but the primary meaning is that which Akhilesh uses.


[[Trudy lays on Akhilesh's couch]]
Trudy: When the weekend arrives, his constant presence makes the silence unbearable. Finally, I blurt out in a mix of annoyance and frustration:
Trudy: Why are you helping me?
Akhilesh: Why?

Akhilesh: Because you are my neighbor!
Trudy: What? You're not making any sense. I don't live next door.
Akhilesh: On the contrary!

Akhilesh: Everyone is my neighbor! We are neighbors on this earth, as we are all its citizens. We are told to "love your neighbor as yourself."

Trudy: Great. I'm being nursed to health by Mr. Rogers.
Akhilesh: Ha! Not quite, although I do like his choice of sweaters.

Akhilesh: Have you not heard the parable of the Good Samaritan? Even as his own countrymen passed him by, the poor victim was aided by a social outcast, who gave of his love for his fellow man and sought nothing in return.

Trudy: Perfect. I'm the prisoner of a Jesus freak.
Akhilesh: Why, yes! I suppose I am freaky about Jesus. Thank you!

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