I'm Keeping the Golden Rule
 

You are? Prove it and I’ll give you a twenty-dollar bill.

No, I’m not a millionaire. You see, I’m not concerned about the twenty-dollar bill. Remember, the golden rule is to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. So if you really keep the golden rule, you’ll give back the money! And if you don’t give it back, I’ll say, “You are not keeping the golden rule, friend; hand over the money.”

Either way, I get the money back!

Every religion has its own version of Jesus’ original rule, but they all twist it. Can you spot their change?

Jesus said:  “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” Luke 6:31
Buddhism:  “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.”
Hinduism:  “This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.”
Judaism:  “What is hateful to you , do not to your fellow man.  This is the law: all the rest is commentary.”

Jesus’ teaching was positive. He said we are to DO to others what we want them to do to us. The others focus on NOT doing something. They are not concerned with doing good, but on withholding hurt.

So, have you ALWAYS done to others what you wanted them to do to you? Have you ever missed an opportunity? The point is, you have not kept the rule consistently, have you?

WHY THIS RULE CANNOT SAVE YOU?

1. You can’t keep it. You have a sinful nature. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked …” (Jeremiah 17:9). “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies”
(Matthew 15:19).

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