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Is the Golden Rule Really Biblical? 

Have you heard of the Golden Rule?  There are two books in the Bible that address this term. In both Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31 Jesus states, “Do unto others as you would like to have them do unto you,”  Which translates to the “Golden Rule”- to treat others the way you want to be treated.

Think about it, you wouldn’t want someone to be mean to you, so you shouldn’t be mean to them.  You wouldn’t want someone to cheat you, so you shouldn’t cheat them.  You would like kind words spoken about you, so you should speak kindly of others.  You would like someone to be honest with you, so you should be honest with others.  

As followers of Jesus Christ  we should incorporate the Golden Rule into our daily lives.  Nevertheless, be aware that just because you apply the Golden Rule to others there is no guarantee the it will be reciprocated back to you.

The rule should not  be used as a tick for tack with God either. One should not feel obedient to God’s in hopes to receive something in return. Life may operate in the world of man as such, but with God it simply does not work that way.

As true believers our mission and goal is to share the Good News and reflect the Savior that we follow.  By  implementing the Golden Rule it is a nonverbal way of us displaying Christ to the world.  

So the question still stands: Is the Golden Rule Really Biblical? In fact it is. It seems like such a small gesture, but this may be the catalyst that brings a lost soul to Christ which is what we as followers of Christ are called to do.

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Rachel Phillips

Rachel Phillips is a Washington, DC native and a follower of Jesus Christ. The 32-year old is a graduate of South Carolina State University. You can follow her on her personal blog,

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