Chris­tian­ity gave us the golden rule

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: The Golden Rule

Does the writer know that the golden rule, “Do unto oth­ers as you would have them do unto you,” is founded in Chris­tian re­li­gion which the writer crit­i­cizes (Luke 6:31)? No re­li­gion has per­fect peo­ple, nor should we ex­pect reli­gious peo­ple to be per­fect. They are hu­mans, af­ter all. Nev­er­the­less, the writer does make a valid point that we should be treat­ing oth­ers the way we would like to be treated, re­gard­less of reli­gious af­fil­i­a­tion.

Per­son­ally, I pre­fer Je­sus’ sum­ma­tion of the great­est com­mand­ment in Matthew 22:37-40: “Love the Lord your God ... And ... love your neigh­bour as your­self. All the Law and Prophets hang on these two com­mand­ments.” If you are lov­ing your neigh­bours the way you would love your­self, it is very dif­fi­cult to break the law. Je­sus de­fines your neigh­bour in Luke 10:25-37 as ev­ery­one, or as they used to sing on Sesame Street, “They’re the peo­ple that you meet, when you’re walk­ing down the street. They’re the peo­ple that you meet each day.” How can you hurt or in­jure some­one you care about? How can you steal from some­one you care about? How can you vi­o­late some­one else’s rights when you care about them? I could go on, but you prob­a­bly get it by now.

Wouldn’t the world be a much bet­ter place if ev­ery­one thought about oth­ers be­fore them­selves? James Buss, Hamilton

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