Visiting Jesus In Prison

Jesus once said, “When I was in prison, you came to visit me,” so what does this mean and why does Jesus say that we are doing it unto Him (Matt 25:40)?

Unto Me

If we do things for someone, we are really doing them for their family members too. The other day, someone gave me a gift card, but it wasn’t just mine to keep. I gave it to my wife, partly, so I wouldn’t lose it, but I let her have it to use as she pleases, or we can go out together and spend it, but even if she spends it by herself, which is fine by me, she almost always spends it by buying something for someone else. And, she knows the difference between wants and needs, and when she sees a legitimate need, she is usually the one that helps out. That’s her nature. The point is, what you do for her, you do for me, and what you do for me, you do for her. That’s because we’re married, and what affects her, affects me. That’s the same thing Jesus was trying to teach His disciples, as we’ll see later. We can extend that too. If I do something for my mother-in-law, it pleases my wife because that’s her mother, and what people do to or for her, they are really doing to her, because it directly impacts her feelings. There is a connectedness between a mother and daughter that is unlike anything on earth, and I still haven’t figured it out (probably never will), but I know this; what I do for her mother, I am also doing it for my wife’s pleasure. This is the same view that Jesus takes, even on persecution.

Persecuting Jesus

Just before Saul (later, Paul) had his Damascus Road encounter with Jesus Christ, he was “still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem” (Acts 9:1-2), when suddenly “a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting” (Acts 9:3b-5). Saul, or Paul, hadn’t been persecuting only Christians….in fact, he had been persecuting Christ. By persecuting believers, which is described as the Body of Christ, Saul had been persecuting Jesus Himself, because Jesus is the Head of the Church, and the Head feels the pain of the rest of the body! They are connected. What one member of the body experiences, the other members feel, and so in the same way, when we persecute believers, or when atheists, agnostics, and those of other religions persecute believers, they are persecuting Jesus!   And they must expect it, since Jesus said, “If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours” (John 15:20). What is done to believers, is done to Him, and in a similar way, what we do for others, we do for Him. I’ve stubbed little toe before, and believe me, the whole body knows about it…and suddenly has sympathy for it! That’s because my little toe notified my brain, and then my brain told the rest of the members about it.

prison cell

Unto Jesus

In Matthew 25, Jesus gives us an idea of what acts of love we are to do for others, but they’re not just those within the four walls of the church. Jesus said, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne” (Matt 25:31), so who is He judging? The answer’s in the following verse, where He says there “will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats” (Matt 25:32), and then “he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world’” (Matt 25:33-34), but what is it that makes the difference between being a goat and a sheep? We know Jesus as the Good Shepherd, and Jesus has sheep under His own care (John 10:11-18), and these sheep hear His voice and do what He commands, and they hear Him when He says, “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me” (Matt 25:35-36). Of course, Jesus is seated at the right hand of the father, so how could we ever give Him a drink, visit him in prison or while sick? The answer to that is given by Jesus, Who says, “as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matt 25:40).

Prison Ministries

Our church has a prison ministry, and we send Bible studies, but we also send birthday cards, and when we can, commissary money, but why? It’s because these are our brothers and sisters who have put their trust in Christ. They are now paying for their crimes, but they have become new creations in Christ while incarcerated (2 Cor 5:17), and we want to help them by visiting them and helping them grow in the faith, but even though it appears that we’re doing these things for them, in actuality, it is doing it unto Jesus (Matt 25:40). Of course, some may take advantage of this and be a false convert, but Jesus knows, and He’ll sort all that out when He returns, but for now, we are to give people the benefit of the doubt in love (1 Cor 13:7). Besides, Jesus does say that many will think they’re saved, but tragically, He says He doesn’t even know them (Matt 7:21-23). What is not done for others is not done for Christ, so if nothing is done for others, then nothing is done for Christ. Jesus said, “For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me’” (Matt 25:35-40).

Conclusion

If you have never thought of these things before, maybe what Jesus said has stirred your heart to action. There are many ways we can help the least of these our brothers and sister, but not to recruit or make converts.  We never make our help conditional, like, “We’ll help you, but you first must believe.” God alone decides that (John 6:44). We are doing it for Jesus but to Jesus. God does expect us to do for others, which is the same as doing it to Him. Of course, this doesn’t mean we’re saved by doing these works, but the saved will naturally do works…works God has placed before us (Eph 2:10). The question is, will we walk in them, and walk with Christ, doing unto Christ, as we do unto others…or is our faith dead because we have no works (James 2:14-26)? The time to figure this out is right now…while we can still call it today (2 Cor 6:2).

About the Author

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • Iain Lovejoy

    Amen to that. Jesus refers to all the gathered nations of the world, on his right and left hand alike, as “brothers”, whom we must care for. As in the parable, the heretic Samaritan is as much our neighbour as the true believer. I would say as Christians we are called to be perfect as God is perfect, who causes the sun to rise on the evil and good, and the rain to fall on the righteous and unrighteous alike, and do good to all, believer and unbeliever, bad and good and let God sort them out (Matthew 5:45). And that includes our brothers in prison, whatever crimes they may have done.

    • I agree with you Iain except we cannot assume the Samaritan was a heretic. Good to see your name again in something in which we may agree.

      • Iain Lovejoy

        The Samaritans are (for the Jews) heretics (although obviously “heretic” is more a Christian term) – they use a different Torah, worship differently and believe that God commanded worship on Mount Gerazim, not the Temple.
        That the Samaritans were despised by Jews as heretics is one of the points of the story.
        Check out the Wikipedia article:
        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samaritans

        • Not really. Remember the Samaritan Woman at the well?
          Jesus first revealed Himself as God the Son to her.
          We cannot put all Samaritan’s in one basket Ian.
          They were children of Jacob’s inheritance too.
          Lest we condemn ourselves as those graphed in The Vine as Gentiles.
          Heresy definitely is far too strong.
          And heresy of the Saduccees and Pharisees of the Sanhedrin was the point of this parable.
          Jesus was calling them out on this one.
          He had foreknowledge they would crucify him.
          And let us not forget Jesus at the Temple overturning the moneychanger stands and what He had to say.
          And let us not forget the Veil at the Temple was torn asunder when He died. Guess what at that moment who was in the Holy of Hollies?
          The High Priest of the Sanhedrin.
          GOD declared in Zachariah that the Jews no longer garnered his favor.

          • Iain Lovejoy

            The word “heretic” has a specific meaning . It is not a sort of bad name to call someone or a nasty way of saying someone is wrong.
            What I said was that the Jews regarded the Samaritans as heretics, that is as being of a heterodox branch of their Jewish religion. I didn’t say I regarded the Samaritans as such: I am not Jewish. From the perspective of a Christian Samaritans are simply of a different religion, not a heterodox version of our own.
            The point of mentioning this was that Jesus was saying that a Samaritan was a Jew’s neighbour despite the religious disagreements and hostility between Jews and Samaritans.

          • The Samaritans were mostly a mix of the “lost” tribes of the 10. Some may even have been part of the Lion of Judah or Benjaminites.

            Jerusalem and tight surrounds the Tribes of Judah. 1/2 Benjamin and Levites attached to them. The leadership of Jerusalem clearly corrupt. That is why Jesus said from the Cross, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Who are the “they” ? Not the Sanhedrin.

            The average Joe Jewish (2 tribes) the rest are Hebrews had no idea their Priests and Scribes had lied to them. Most never had access to any scrolls nor could most read them. So the “they” are the saved 5000+ on the Steps of the Temple on Pentecost and beyond. Isn’t it wonderful we Gentiles were grafted in? Us former pagan Gentiles in history (and unfortunately going back all too sadly worshipping the idols of our culture.) A new kind of Paganism.

            So let’s give the single one-at-a-time Samaritans their due. Just like God the Father selects His children today to give to Jesus. Wise Samaritan-like (us) do heed the call and are the whomsoever wills.

    • Salvatore Anthony Luiso

      In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, the Samaritan was the one who loved his neighbor, not the neighbor who was being loved. The Lord didn’t identify what sort of person was helped–although I think we should assume he was Jew, because otherwise the parable would have little force. If we assume the victim was a Jew, then the refusal of the priest and the Levite to help him seems much more shameful than if we assume he was a Samaritan or a Gentile, and the kindness of the Samaritan toward him seems much more honorable.

      Jesus does not refer to all of the nations of the world as “brothers”. The people whom he calls “brothers” are those who do the will of His Father which is in Heaven (Matthew 14:46-50). After He returns, when all nations are gathered before Him, and He separates the people, He calls some people “sheep” and others “goats”. The sheep are welcomed into Heaven and the goats depart to Hell.

      As you say, He does indeed want His disciples to love both each other and those people who do not follow Him, including even their and His enemies.

      Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
      But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
      That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
      For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
      And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
      Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
      Matthew 5:43-47

      • Iain Lovejoy

        As I understand it, which is neighbour to whom is a distinction only possible in English. The Greek word for “neighbour” literally just means “near”, which makes it linguistically impossible to say that person A is neighbours with person B without being simultaneously saying that person B is neighbours with person A, just like A cannot be near B without also B being near A. This is part of what makes the parable make sense. (That is not to say “neighbour” simply means “near” in the context, only that the language used requires a mutual relationship of proximity “neighbours with” each other not a description of a one way mode of behaviour “being neighbourly towards”: I speculate that the concept of being a “neighbour” to someone as meaning behaving lovingly towards them actually derives from this parable.)
        Jesus seems to vary as to whom he refers to as “brothers”. However he uses it elsewhere, in Matthew 25:40 he says “these my brothers” in reference to those who have been visited etc. The use of the word “these” means he must be referring to some present or previously-identified group of people. As the only persons present in the parable are Jesus and the assembled nations of the world, “brothers” must in this context be referring to all the nations of the world thus assembled. This would also be consistent with Jesus’ ethics in the other passages quoted. (I agree that in other contexts Jesus uses “brothers” more narrowly.)

        • Jack Wellman

          Great points for sure…what about the “stranger.” Is this a brother or sister who’s away from home? Also, these prisoners sought out Bible studies and seek to know more about God and the Bible, so these indeed may be our brothers…only God knows the hearts (1 Sam 16:7). Yes, these are all who have been visited…since the time frame of these verses (Matt 25:34-46) is about Christ’s speaking to believers after He has already returned, so all these people we interact will be a previously-identified group of people” since the setting of all this is at Christ’s return to judge the world in righteousness.

          • Iain Lovejoy

            The requirement to help the “stranger” is all over the OT: it means a foreigner or traveller or indeed anyone “not from around here”.
            There is nothing in this parable to suggest Christ is talking about or to believers only. He expressly refers to “all the nations of the world” which means everyone. The command is to love our neighbour as ourselves, and Jesus in the parable of the good Samaritan is quite clear what he thinks of the idea that only our fellow believers are our neighbours.

          • YES! Thank you Jack.

        • Salvatore Anthony Luiso

          I think your speculation about the concept of being a “neighbour” is correct. But I also think that the parable does not show that every “heretic Samaritan is as much our neighbour as the true believer”. Of the priest, the Levite, and the Samaritan, it was only the one who had compassion and loved the man who had been left half dead who “proved to be a neighbor” (Luke 10:36).

          The only other place in the Gospel of Matthew in which the Lord refers to people as “my brothers” is Matthew 28:10, which in the ESV translation reads as follows:

          Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

          If by “my brothers” or “my brethren” the Lord refers to every person of every nation–including the goats, and those who have hated Him and persecuted His followers–then, if I am not mistaken, Matthew 25:40 is the only record we have of Him doing this.

          For both he that sanctifieth [Jesus] and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
          Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
          –Hebrews 2:11-12

          • Iain Lovejoy

            The problem is the mutual stickiness of “neighbour”: if I am your neighbour then, necessarily, you must be mine. The Samaritan, whom we are to imitate, treats a random stranger in need (who would, him being a Samaritan, most likely in other circumstances, treat the Samaritan as an enemy) as his neighbour. The stricken man accepts that help as being from his neighbour. We are required to imitate the Samaritan because we cannot reject as not being our neighbour anyone from whom we would accept a neighbour’s help if we ourselves needed it: and (which point the story makes) in extremis we will take help from any “neighbour” no matter how hated they are. (The man does not say to the Samaritan “I would rather die than have you help me.” and the listeners would think him quite mad if he did.)
            Re “brothers”: as I said, Jesus seems to be using it differently in different contexts. The “goats” are not accused of hating Jesus, or persecuting his followers. They call Jesus “Lord” and are unaware of having harmed him. The accusation is of failing to help amongst the assembled nations those in need, whom, in this context if none other, Jesus refers to as “these my brothers”: there is no-one else in the context of the parable he can be referring to. (The parable would make no sense if Jesus was referring to deliberate persecution of those expressly identifying as Jesus’s followers, since the whole point is that those in need were not recognised as Jesus’s “brothers”.)

          • YES indeed. Why is Salvatore’s comment being moderated? He makes perfectly valid points!
            Who did this? Find out.
            Then you can moderate our PUD and PUDites surely out our comments section. I have blocked long ago after repeated marking and reporting. Shirley to goodness there is a way! Can Josh do so since he set this Christian Crier up?

        • “nations” simply means peoples. The nation Jesus speaks of is His Nation (His Children) who are a member of His Body. Not all “nations” people will be saved from their fate according to their poor choice.

      • Very good post once again. Salvatore! One must not read into the Parable passed what it simply said. Who is the heretic?

  • [Part 1 – had to break into 2 parts again]

    Another great one Brother Jack!

    >> What one member of the body experiences, the other members feel, and so in the same way, when we persecute believers, or when atheists, agnostics, and those of other religions persecute believers, they are persecuting Jesus! <<

    Absolutely when the 3As (A A A) persecute you Jack they are really trying to kill Jesus in your heart. I know you well my dear friend and mentor. They are wasting their time. Yet they still are obsessing-compulsing. Go figure! Wasted lives I guess.

    [See Part 2]

  • [Part 2 – Sinning against Jesus]
    Here is something that keeps me sober and humble… when I sin (GOD help me I can’t lie) I am sinning against Jesus.
    That certainly is incentive NOT to sin but we know we do. Fortunately when we confess Jesus forgives us on the spot. People forget to pray and ask forgiveness.
    I am talking to myself here! We are NOT following Him when we do not confess either by commission or omission our sins to Him. Christians conveniently forget this. I try not to be in this state however, just a lowly humble servant here. God does great works in us if we listen to the Holy Spirit. He will not spit us out.
    Praying right here and now.
    Father GOD forgive me if I have sinned against you and your will be done. Please send me correction from the Holy Spirit so I may begin to sin less in any area I do not please you.. In Jesus , God the Son’s Name. Amen.

  • pud

    “Jesus once said, “When I was in prison, you came to visit me,”..really? Says who? How do you know? Demonstrate that any “jesus” ever existed. Show a single bit of actual historical evidence for this claim or any claim you babble out of your made up story book.

    ““We’ll help you, but you first must believe.” God alone decides that (John 6:44). We are doing it for Jesus but to Jesus. God does expect us to do for others, which is the same as doing it to Him. Of course, this doesn’t mean we’re saved by doing these works, but the saved will naturally do works…works God has placed before us (Eph 2:10). The question is, will we walk in them, and walk with Christ, doing unto Christ, as we do unto others…or is our faith dead because we have no works (James 2:14-26)? The time to figure this out is right now…while we can still call it today (2 Cor 6:2).”

    Rambling nonsense. If your “god” decided who “believes” and who doesn’t…well DUH!!

    “Saved” bla bla bla …your wicked, evil, guilty, sinful bla bla bla ….”believe” nonsense…bla bla bla or else…bla bla bla

    You’re fucking boring now..

    • Iain Lovejoy

      Have you nothing else in your sad little life but to hurl abuse at people who feel sorry for you?

      • pud

        Can’t you ever answer the questions I raise? You people and your wicked cult have to go the way of all the other superstitious cults before you…just doing my small part

      • pud

        Again delusional superstitious one…my life isn’t sad and I don’t care what you lunatic psychopaths feel or think…You continue to demonstrate just how ridiculous you all are so any commentary about me is like spit in the ocean.

        • Iain Lovejoy

          There clearly is something very wrong in your life that you spend day after day doing the on-line equivalent of haranguing random strangers in the street, in response to a blog and posts you describe as “boring” to you, and directed at people about whom you say you don’t care how they feel or think.

          • pud

            Nope…have a fine life, thanks for your concern. Why don’t you ever address my critiques of your absurd religious claims?

            I don’t care what anyone “believes” if their “beliefs” are benign and of no consequence to the greater world…however, religions don’t fit that bill and because you seek to influence the world I occupy in your ridiculous primitive barbaric backwards superstitious way I have to treat you as a threat and try to defeat you.

          • Iain Lovejoy

            You, defeat anyone?! You are a tolerated mild nuisance, nothing more.
            I can’t speak directly for Jack, but my understanding is the only reason that he hasn’t simply blocked you as a user is that he is charitably hoping that you might be gaining some good from what you read of Christian teaching, despite your rudeness in response.

          • pud

            That’s your cults typical mode of operation….ban them, burn them, banish them.

            For the THIRD TIME….why don’t you ever address my critiques as your supernatural instruction manual and invisible deity commands you to do? Why?

            There is nothing whatsoever to be gained from any of your absurd, ridiculous superstitious nonsense…absolutely nothing

          • Tiny J

            “This user is blocked.”

          • NO, Jack apparently does not have the right of user removal with full moderator control. He would love to see PUD and the PUDskyites gone. We have wasted enough time on this demonically possessed person and the cohorts haven’t we? Little pitiful PUD hasn’t proven he/she/it is a human.

          • He/she/it is obviously not gainfully employed unless its for George Soros and his fellow paid tr0lls to attack Christians. PUDsky you really aren’t earning your keep. You sway no one.

  • Salvatore Anthony Luiso

    Thank you for this article. I hope that all of its readers understand that the performance of acts of mercy toward a Christian does not make one a sheep. One becomes a member of Christ’s flock through faith in Him. Then, because one is a member of His flock, one will actively love other members of the flock. As we read in I John 3:14:

    We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

    This verse is followed by another, to which all Christians should take heed:

    Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

    If we Christians took this verse as seriously we ought, we would refrain from insulting one another over differences in doctrine and practice.

    If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
    –I John 4:20

    As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
    –Galatians 6:10

    • Jack Wellman

      Truly stated…it is only by faith we are saved and not by works..and yes, doing good things for others doesn’t make them Jesus’ sheep. Good point.

    • Excellent post Salvatore! Thank you for your admonishment.

  • Iain Lovejoy

    Good point re the Samaritan, although I would suggest that would be more accurate to talk of the Samaritan demonstrating he was in fact neighbour with the man, rather then necessarily not being a neighbour until he actually helped. The Levite and Priest were not the man’s neighbour in the story, but then they gave to and required nothing from him: that the Samaritan was to be emulated would mean I would have thought that the Levite and Priest would still be a “neighbour” the man would be obliged to help, in other circumstances, if they needed it, even if they didn’t act themselves as if the man was a neighbour in the story. I think Jesus is expanding his questioners understanding of “love your neighbour” from “love people in your family and community” to “love (any) others as you would want to be loved in return” by expanding the “neighbour” you are to love to mean anyone from whom you would want to receive love or assistance yourself (and therefore basically everybody).
    My only point on the sheep and goats parable is that Jesus’s use of “these my brothers” in this passage has to encompass all those who required visiting, clothing etc of every nation regardless of whether they are believers or not, since the parable doesn’t distinguish a separate group of believing “brothers” that the sheep and goats helped (or not) – everyone in need of help seems to be being described by Jesus as a “brother”. It doesn’t really deal with the separate question of what happens to those actively opposing Jesus. It is a mistake I think to treat the parable as a detailed and comprehensive description of the last judgement in every respect, or use it as a comprehensive survey of each group of people rewarded or punished.

    • Salvatore Anthony Luiso

      It seems to me that either the Lord has taught that we should regard everyone our neighbour, and so love them as we love ourselves, or He has taught that we should become a neighbour to others without restriction, and love them as we loves ourselves. Either way, we will be loving people like the Good Samaritan loved the half-dead victim: both those to whom we are related and whom we know, and those to whom we are not related and whom we do not know.

      Similarly, regardless as to the identity of “my brothers”, we should love and perform acts of charity toward both those who are Christians and those who are not, as we read in Galatians 6:10. Our love and charity does do not make us sheep, but they will be done by us if we are sheep.

      Regarding your use of the word “parable”: You may be interested to know that the Wikipedia article “The Sheep and the Goats” says:

      It is sometimes characterised as a parable, although unlike most parables it does not purport to relate a story of events happening to other characters. According to Anglican theologian Charles Ellicott, “we commonly speak of the concluding portion of this chapter as the parable of the Sheep and the Goats, but it is obvious from its very beginning that it passes beyond the region of parable into that of divine realities, and that the sheep and goats form only a subordinate and parenthetic illustration”.[1]

      • Iain Lovejoy

        I think we are basically in agreement. I have seen attempts to use the appearance of the word “brothers” in the story to weasel out of doing anything for anyone not deemed “Christian” enough: something which I regard as, ironically, decidedly unchristian.

        • Salvatore Anthony Luiso

          I have never heard of anyone using the account of the Sheep and the Goats to argue against performing acts of charity. That sounds wrong–although I wonder if they might have had this verse in mind:

          Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
          If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
          For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
          –II John 9-11

          • Iain Lovejoy

            What I meant was, there are some who insist that the story does not require charitable acts by Christians to non-Christians, or somehow refers to non-Christians being judged for their treatment of Christians, and not requiring Christians to do anything at all.

      • YES. And not all Parables are “made up”. For instance the Parable of the Rich Man and the Beggar Lazarus. These were real people and those listening with discernment recognize of whom He is speaking in their day.

  • Tiny J

    If Jesus said he was in prison but he never went to prison then that is an inconsistency in the Bible and that means God doesn’t exist.

    Look, Ma! I logic-ed!

    • Jack Wellman

      No. Matt 25:40!