Wasn’t the conversion of the Samaritans proof that God wanted Gentiles saved?


Good day,

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Cornelius and his family was proof that the Gentiles were also accepted by God without the law or becoming a Jew, but Samaritans (Acts 8) were already being baptized into Christ before Acts 10. Was that not proof or were the Samaritans not looked at as Gentiles?


The Samaritans were seen as half-Jews. When the Assyrians dragged the Jews off into captivity, some were left behind. People of other nations were brought in to populate the region (II Kings 17:24). When they struggled, the Assyrians sent Levites back to the area to teach the people how to worship the God of that land because they had a strong belief that various gods ruled various areas (II Kings 17:26-28; Ezra 4:2).

Thus, you had a group of people that had some Jewish blood in them. But because they were seen as corrupted Jews, the full-blooded Jews would have nothing to do with them (John 4:9). This resulted in the Samaritans establishing their own place of worship (John 4:19).

Therefore, while it was evident that Christianity was not limited to the Jews, there still needed to be a push to prove that Gentiles without any trace of Jewish blood could be accepted as Christians.


Thank you for the clarification.

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