1-What is a very general answer to why people are viewed equally? Consider how we were created and The Great Commandment and The Golden Rule.
Most people would say that because we all derive from the same species, we are all equal because there isn’t anyone who is different to us. We all have families and friends which connects us and shows that we are no different to one another.
In the Creation story God made us all in his image so we are all a reflection of God which is something sacred whereas animals are not. Also, ‘male and female he created them’ enforces the idea that God created us equally with the same amount of dedication. We all have ‘Sanctity of Life’ which means that our ‘body is a temple’ and we should care for it and that of others.
The Great Commandment states, “Thou shall love thy neighbour as yourself”. This tells us that we should treat peopleas we would expect them to treat us.The Golden Rule reinforces this: One should treat others as one would like to be treated. This as the Golden Commandment means that we should remember about empathy and how what we do will affect the other person and therefore whether we would want it happening to ourselves.
1-The Parable of The Good Samaritan:
-A Jewish man is beaten up by thugs whilst travelling to Jericho.
-Then a priest passes and ignores his moral duty to help the man and simply leaves him there on the road.
-A Levite, who too is morally obliged to help,does the same as the priest and walks past.
A Samaritan (who is despised by Jews) sees the man and helps him to recover and pays for his stay at an inn.
What is its significance for racism? :
Jesus was a victim of both religious and racial discrimination. At this point in time Jews were despised by the Gentiles (anyone not Jewish) –in return Jews hated other races. Jesus challenged the prejudices of his day. Samaritans were an immigrant community with their own distinctive faith. There was strong tension between the two communities. Therefore, Jesus chose to use the Parable of the Good Samaritan to highlight who a good neighbour was and what made him a good neighbour. The parable teaches not to discriminate those you consider to be inferior to you and a group of people you segregate because after all they are people too.
2-How did Jesus treat other people? :
Jesus illustrated his principles of courtesy and respect to other when he stopped at a Samaritan village and talked to Samaritan woman. When Jesus approached the woman she was rude to him because of his race and his religion. However, Jesus did not reply as perhaps was common for a Jew to talk to a Samaritan, he instead showed respect and kindness to someone who at this instance was not.
This incident informs us that Jesus treats everyone equally no matter their background, religion or sex. Instead he teaches us that we should love everyone:“Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you.”
3-Other Biblical quotes and what St. Paul said in relation to equality:
“Do unto others what you would have them do to you” [Matthew 7:12]
This is a fundamental teaching of Christianity and it teaches that rather than doing to others what they have done to us or giving them what they may deserve, we are to treat them the way we want them to treat us.
“…there is no Greek or Jew… male nor female, slave nor free, but Christ is all, and is in all.” St.Paul to the Galatians
This was in a letter written by St.Paul to the Galatians.What he was trying to tell them was that the stereotypes that the Jews had over the Gentiles, and the belief that men should be the dominant sex was not part of God’s will and design and should no longer be taught.
“You shall love your neighbour as yourself”
This means that before doing something you should consider that person to be yourself and what the consequences might be. It teaches you to be empathetic.
4-Consider when Christians have been racist in the past:
KKK-Ku Klux Klan: