Christianity gave us the golden rule
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