Gold or not, was this ancient “rule” (not exclusive to scriptures) meant to be the heart of the whole message?
If so, why is it perhaps the most forgotten, ignored and disrespected teaching in history?
This week’s column addresses the question. . .
“For a class I’m teaching on the Mountain Message (also known as the Sermon on the Mount), I kept stopping, stumbling, stuttering over Matthew chapter seven, verse twelve. We’ve all heard it, perhaps memorized it. With parallels in other faiths, it’s known around the world, even quoted by people who aren’t Christians. Slipped in near the end of the great outdoor lecture, the famous line appears: “All things that you wish other human beings would do for you (or to you), the same even you do for them (or to them).” Updating the phrase that follows this instruction we might say: “For this is all the scripture, all the religion, all the faith you need.”
Read like this, what would happen to the Church, the Christian Religion and beliefs about Jesus and the Bible?”