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  • Scott Hescht

The Golden Rule?

Jesus never said ”Do to others as they do to you.” He said ”Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12). It’s a subtle difference in wording, but it's a huge difference in meaning. Some mistakenly quote the former as the Golden Rule, but Jesus says most people operate like that (Matthew 5:46). The Golden Rule is different in that it means thinking about how you want people to treat you, and then acting accordingly.

So that means people may not always treat you kindly or with respect. Do we respond with the wisdom Jesus provides, or do we react with the advice of occult leader Anton Szandor LaVey?

LaVey writes, ”Satanism (Satanists see themselves as atheists with Satan being symbolic for enlightenment) advocates practicing a modified form of the Golden Rule. Our interpretation of this rule is: "Do unto others as they do unto you"; because if you "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," and they, in turn, treat you badly, it goes against human nature to continue to treat them with consideration. You should do unto others as you would have them do unto you, but if your courtesy is not returned, they should be treated with the wrath they deserve.”

On the other hand, the Bible says, ”Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." To the contrary, "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:17-21).

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