Jesus’ Golden Rule Versus the Golden Rule of Other Religions
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
🪙The Golden Rule is really golden if followed the way Jesus puts it. Now, let us do a little analysis. Jesus tells us that, we should treat people the same way we want them to treat us, (Matt. 7:12). We refer to this code of conduct as the Golden Rule.
🪙Look at it very well, Jesus puts it positively: “… do to others …” or “Treat others…” But other religions such as Islam put it negatively: “Do not do to other…” or “Don’t Treat others…” The two look and sound almost the same. But, do you know that the two rules are not the same? Do you know they are miles away from each other? Do you know that putting the rule negatively is actually intended to water down Jesus’ Golden Rule?
🪙 Do to others what you want them to do to you makes you the initiator of the action. You initiate the doing, while Don’t do to others what you don’t want them to do to you leaves you inactive, you do not initiate anything, you only watch.
🪙Therefore, religions are wrong. They do not represent Jesus’ teaching here. Jesus’ Golden Rule makes living wonderful in a world full of negatives. Think about that. The rule is Do to others what you want them to do to you. NOT Don’t do to others what you don’t want them to do to you.
🪙Now, let us think about the practice of the Golden Rule as given by Jesus Christ. Theoretically, we would probably agree that this is a good foundation for a healthy relationship. Yet it is tough to live up to such a standard. Make a list of how you want to be treated by people, and compare it with your own behaviour. What do you see?
🪙No doubt, it is easy to love when others treat us well. But how do we respond when their behavior is hurtful or unpleasant? The truth is, Jesus meant for us to love others all the time, not just when they are lovable.
🪙Note, some of the things we value in quality relationships, loyalty, trust, encouragement, forgiveness, acceptance, protection, etc. Jesus says you should initiate these virtues and let them from you to the other person.
🪙But, unfortunately, our society breeds selfishness, greed, and pride, which are enemies of the Golden Rule. But when we care for others in the way the Lord prescribes, relationships thrive and deepen. Treating others as prescribed by Jesus’ Golden Rule is neither natural nor easy, especially when people are unkind to you. The gold rule of religions is fleshly and has nothing to do with the spirit.
🪙In fact, obeying Jesus’ Golden Rule is impossible on our own. But the Holy Spirit empowers us and lives His life through us.
💎Take time to list the ways you hope others will treat you. Then ask, Is that how I treat people? Pray for God to reveal one area where He will help you apply the Golden Rule.
Shalom and Maranatha!