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  • Oh yes. Being a good samaritan has nothing to do with religion or believing in god
  • Of course, just because they dont believe in a higher power does not mean they can't live a morally sound life. I have met Atheists who were assholes and did what they wanted, regardless of how it will effect others. But i've met MORE that were kind & would make great samaritans :)
  • We have evolved to be social primates, and a consequence of our evolution is that we have empathy for our fellow social primates. Some individuals are more empathic others less. All that religions do is to assume that the unselfish actions that arise out of these naturally occurring feelings have been ordained by some supernatural entity. They haven't.
  • Of course. There is no correlation between the two.
  • I think that religions bods, could chill a bit. Not everything outside of religion is the Devil. I love helping people, no matter who, where I can. Religion has not a monopoly on compassion, or forgiveness.
  • you bet we can ... the best things about an Atheist is that when they give they give with no strings and give to help others regardless of whether they have a religious faith or not, unlike many so called Religious people who will only give to someone of the same faith as them or preach at the people they are giving to
  • Of course, if you are a communist..
  • Yes. They are not biased+
  • They can but don't unless they truly want to. Religious folks have motivation to be good Samaritans, even if they don't truly want to.
  • Yes, I believe it is possible for an atheist to be a "good Samaritan".
  • sure... anyone can be a good samaritan, as long as they have a concience. and not only theists have a concience. or else, all people hailing from the old Samaria, and who are good people but are atiests, are good examples of atheists being good samaritans.
  • Of course. And if you remember the original parable, the people who might have been thought as the most likely to help did not do so. I would have a higher expectation from an atheist than from a religious person.
  • Yes, and does so without a need for Heavenly browny points.
  • Oh no..if I see a little old lady dying on the sidewalk I always kick her out of the way. I mean who needs old dead ladies laying on sidewalks anyway? Of course we are mostly much more of good samaritans than many so called christians. Atheism doesn't have a judgment structure to decide who lives and dies.
  • Technically one would have to be a resident of the ancient country of Samaria to be a Samaritan.
  • i belive in god. and I feel nothing stops anyone form being a good peson, so it dosn't matter what you belive you should be nice and good though your own thoughs and feelings.
  • Sure, the same way a religious person can be a SOB, just check out some priests and Muslim extremists!
  • Well, you would have to come from Samaria to be a Samaritan, and that city doesn't even exist anymore.
  • Yes. In fact,the point of the entire story is that non-believers are equally capable of displaying charitable behavior.
  • Yes Calling yourself a Christian does not make you any more moral or capable of goodness than the person who calls themselves an atheist. As a matter of fact some argument can be made that an atheist who acts charitably and who assists others is doing something far better than a so called christian is when they do so. After all the atheist is doing it simply to aid another human being not because someone else (priest or God) directed him to or because they are afraid of hell. An atheist is doing the right thing by his fellow man for no other reason than it is the right thing.
  • If they are from Samaria. ;) - Seriously, yes. In fact, I would say that an atheist is more capable of being a "good Samaritan" than a believer, simply because they do good things for their reasons, not for "heavenly brownie points," as Moongrim puts it.
  • Anyone has the potential to be a good samaritan.
  • Why not....?
  • "Good Samaritan" is a term used to describe a person who is kind th their neighbor. An atheist is a person that believes that there is no God. Of course you can be nice to your neighbor and be an atheist. You just won't be smiled upon by God, if you are.
  • I have to inform you that during my lifetime the atheist that I have met/know are better "good Samaritans" than the religious people I have met/know. Plus they do so without agendas.
  • 1) If we define a Good Samaritan as a person who helps others, an atheist could certainly be this. 2) If you look at the parable, it looks like the law that you have to follow to get eternal life is very simple (so you might forget all those laws in Deuteronomy, Exodus and Leviticus). "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" Source and further information: (Luke 10:27; New International Version) http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2010:25-37&version=31 Well, meanings may differ about this. Some will say that a part of Moses Laws still apply, like Deuteronomy, Exodus and Leviticus, or the Ten Commandments, other say that only this law applies. In this passage, it is not formulated by Jesus himself, by the way. He just approves it. 3) For atheists, the problem by this law is the first part: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'. Usually, atheists are not doing this... So in the strict sense, atheists could still help their neighbor, but if they don't love God, they will not get eternal life. However, many people don't understand those who say that helping others and doing mostly the good is not sufficient to avoid Hell (if Hell exists: here it is only speaking of "eternal life, the others "die"). 4) In my heretical opinion, an atheist can very well be a Good Samaritan. But maybe you would have to redefine the love of "God". For instance, I think that we should respect the nature around us.
  • It's been proven over and over that you don't have to believe in God in order to be a good person.
  • nope. us atheists are horrible, man-eating murderers who thrive off of torturing the human race.
  • Of course.
  • of course anyone can be a good samaritan !
  • yea all of us have the chance
  • Of course. An athiest simply doesn't believe in 'god'. You can be 'good without god'. As a matter of fact some atheist group is putting that very slogan on buses, billboards, etc. However in some locales they have to sue the local officials who have banned the slogan from being placed in public places.
  • Atheists can't be any kind of Samaritan. Samaritanism is a theistic religion.
  • Many are. Being rational has nothing to do with being good or nice or helping people out. +5
  • Without a doubt!
  • If you mean it as can they do good things for people...of course. An atheist is no different than anyone else except for their beliefs. Whether or not you believe in God has nothing to do with being a good person...I have known some (self proclaimed) "Christians" who were rotten to the core.
  • No, only a judgmental, interfering, social kudos-seeking, war-mongering christian can be 'good'. Atheists are 'evil'. We eat babies.
  • In Jesus' day, a Samaritan was a person from Samaria, and they did not worship Jehovah God...but did other god/s. He was remembered in the scriptures because of his kindness,,, Even though he was NOT a worshipper of Jehovah.
  • Of course! They might not call it that. But I know many atheists who are very good people.
  • No. That's like saying a thief can steal for charity. While yes, both may do "good deeds". The negativity of what they openly engage in annuls it.
  • Being a good samaritan and helping someone has nothing to do with religion.

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