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The Golden Rule


The Golden Rule is in every religion:

Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. That is the entire law; all the rest is commentary.

 Talmud, Shabbat 31a - thirteenth century B.C.

Confucianism: Surely it is the maxim of loving kindness: Do not do unto others what you would not have them do unto you. 

Analects 15:23 - sixth century B.C.

Buddhism: Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.

 Udana-Varga 5:18 - fifth century B.C.

Jainism: In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self, and should therefore refrain inflicting on others such injury as would appear undesirable to us if inflicted upon ourselves"

    fifth century B.C.

Zoroastrianism: That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself. 

Dadistan-I-dinik 94:5 - fifth century B.C.

Taoism: Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain and your neighbor's loss as your own loss. 

T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien - fourth century B.C.

Plato:  May I do to others as I would that they should do to me.

fourth century B.C.

Brahmanism (Hinduism): This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you. 

Mahabharata 5:1517 - third century B.C.

Hillel:  What is hateful to yourself, do not do to your fellow man."

   first century B.C.

Christianity: So in everything,  do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 7:12 - first century A.D.

Islam: No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.

Sunnah - seventh century A.D.

Sikhism: Treat others as you would be treated yourself.

sixteenth century A.D.

Native American: Respect for all life is the foundation.

Kaianrekowa, (Great Law of Peace), sixteenth century A.D.

Unitarianism: We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent of all existence of which we are a part.

eighteenth century A.D

Baha'i:  Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself.

Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah,71, nineteenth century A.D.

Native American: All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do to ourselves. All is really One.

Black Elk, Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux,  nineteenth century A.D.

Humanist: Don't do things you wouldn't want to have done to you.

twentieth century A.D.

Wiccan: An it harm none, do what ye will.

Wiccan Rede - twentieth century A.D.

Emanuel Swedenborg, an 18th century scientist and Christian theologian, wrote that good people of all religions are in heaven:

"The idea that only people who are born in the Christian religion are saved is a foolish heresy. Those who are born outside Christianity are people just as much as those living within it. They have the same heavenly origin, and are equally living and immortal souls. They also have a religious faith from which they recognize that there is a God, and that they should live good lives. And all who believe in God and live good lives become spiritual in their own way, and are saved.

"Some people object that non-Christians have not been baptized. But baptism saves people only when they are spiritually washed, meaning spiritually reborn, since baptism is a symbol and a reminder of that. Some people also object that non-Christians do not know the Lord, and without the Lord no one can be saved. But salvation does not come to us because we know the Lord; it comes to us because we follow the Lord's commandments. Besides, everyone who believes in God knows the Lord, since the Lord is the God of heaven and earth."

Divine Providence #330
First published in 1764

"All People who live good lives,
no matter what their religion, have a place in Heaven."



Music: Tears of Gold
1999 Bruce DeBoer

 
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