In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.
Do To Others
Topic: Virtue, Morality, & Ethics
“In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.”
Jesus of Nazareth, often referred to as Jesus Christ, is a central figure in Christianity, the world's largest religion, and is also recognized in Islam as a prophet. Born around 4 BCE, in Bethlehem, in modern-day West Bank, he is believed by Christians to be the Son of God and the awaited Messiah (or Christ) prophesied in the Old Testament. As an adult, he was baptized by John the Baptist and embarked on a public ministry emphasizing love, compassion, forgiveness, and justice. His teachings and miracles attracted a following, leading to the formation of a community of disciples.
The "Universal Christ" is a concept that extends beyond the historical Jesus of Nazareth, often associated with mysticism and contemplative Christianity, especially within Franciscan traditions like that of Richard Rohr. The Universal Christ is understood to represent God's ongoing presence and action in the world, as well as the recognition of God in every aspect of creation. This view suggests that Christ's presence predates Jesus' earthly life and continues beyond it, permeating all time and space. As such, Jesus is seen as a special, unique manifestation of the Universal Christ - a model of the potential divine-human union and a window into the nature of God's interaction with the world.
The Gospel of Matthew
Wilson, Andrew, editor. World Scripture - a Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts. Paragon House, 1991, p. 114 [Matthew 7:12].
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The Golden Rule Chronology
c. 4 BC to 27 AD Jesus proclaims love (of God and neighbor) and the golden rule to be the basis of how to live. Luke 6:31 gives the golden rule in the context of loving your enemies, later illustrated by the Good Samaritan parable. Matthew 7:12 says: “Treat others as you want to be treated, for this sums up the Law and the prophets.”
–Rev., Dr. Harry Gensler S.J. [The Golden Rule Chronology].
The Great Commandment
As a concise summation of the law of love, Jesus’ Great Commandment is without parallel. It links together love’s two dimensions: vertical love for God and horizontal love for other people. Leviticus 19.18 is quoted by Jesus in Matthew 22.37-40.
“Love your neighbor as yourself”
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the great and first commandment.
And the second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.
On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.”
–Andrew Wilson Ph. D., editor [World Scripture: A Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts] p. 114.