Preacher: Gordon Hay
Verses: Isaiah 6:1-8, Luke 10:25-37 and Matthew 25:35-40
The main point this morning: Your love for God and your love for other people cannot be separated.
1. Who is your neighbour?
2. What does the Bible say?
3. What is our challenge?
You are the one to show mercy.
“Here am I. Send me!”
When I studied law I learnt of a case about a snail in a bottle of ginger beer. Mr Stevens the manufacturer was sued after a Mrs Donoghue of Paisley who drank the ginger beer became ill. It became known as the “Paisley snail” case. The case was heard in 1932 and decided in favour of Mrs Donoghue by the House of Lords holding that the manufacturer owed a duty of care to her. They held this because they felt that it was reasonably foreseeable, that the failure to ensure the product’s safety could lead to harm to consumers.
What interested me was the reasoning of Lord Atkin in deciding which group of persons might have a claim.
 Isaiah 6: 1-8
 Paisley Snail. Paisley was also the site of an incident that gave rise to a major legal precedent. In a Paisley cafe in 1928, a woman allegedly found a dead snail in a bottle of ginger beer, and became ill. She sued the manufacturer for negligence. At the time a manufacturer was considered liable only if there was a contract in place with the harmed party. However, after Donoghue v Stevenson wound through the courts, a precedent was established that manufacturers (and other "neighbours" or fellow citizens) owe a duty not to do foreseeable harm to others by negligence, regardless of contractual obligations, which paved the way for modern tort law. The case is often called the "Paisley snail."