Following God . . . The Golden Rule

The Parable of the Good Samaritan by Vincent Willem van Gogh

The Parable of the Good Samaritan by Vincent Willem van Gogh

Following God . . . The Golden Rule

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.

Nearly all religions and belief systems worldwide are following God, or the Universe, or Eternal Truth and the belief in the Golden Rule.  It is merely worded differently with the same meaning.

“Every religion emphasizes human improvement, love, respect for others, sharing other people’s suffering. On these lines every religion had more or less the same viewpoint and the same goal.” The Dalai Lama

The meaning of the Golden Rule is that anyone living by this rule treats all people with compassion and consideration.   It is saying that if I do something to another person — I’m not willing that this be done to me in the same situation.  If we violate following God in the golden rule, then we’re violating the fairness, equality and concern for morality.

The Golden Rule is a code of ethics that states one has a right to just treatment and must reciprocate or return that right to others.

We are all different but we are all one.

The bible was written after many ancient religious beliefs had been established and there are many ancient religions that have this same moral belief.

Christianity says, “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” Luke 6:31, King James Version.

This belief in the Golden Rule is following God, and a principle of God’s law as this belief is thousands of years old.

Judaism says, “What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man.  This is the law: all the rest is commentary.”

Ancient Egyptian says, “Now this is the command: Do to the doer to cause that he do.”

An example from a Late Period Ancient Egyptian (c. 1080 – 332 BCE): “That which you hate to be done to you, do not do to another”. It also appears in the Book of the Dead (1580-1350 BCE): “He sought for others the good he desired for himself. Let him pass.”

The Golden Rule was a common principle in ancient Greek philosophy. Examples of the general concept include:

– “Do not to your neighbor what you would take ill from him.” – Pittacus
– “One should never do wrong in return, nor mistreat any man, no matter how one has been mistreated by him.” — Plato’s Socrates

Buddhism says,“Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.”

Hinduism says, “ This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.”

Yoruba says, “ One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to see how it hurts.” Ouchy! Ouchy! No fun.

Taoism says, ”Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.”

Shinto says, “Be charitable to all beings, love is the representative of God.”

Humans will not find solutions to human problems as long as they are cruel and insensitive to other forms of life, including animals.

The Golden Rule needs to be applied for all sentient beings and not just for the human kingdom.  The Golden Rule is that we “do unto others as we would have them do unto us.”  Using more than you need and abusing what is precious to others & God is not applying the Golden Rule.

There are many other religions and belief systems who are following God in the use of the Golden Rule such as Baha’i Faith, Humanism, Islam, Jainism, Sikhism, etc.

Following God — Thank you God for this rule.

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