Christians: Still taking credit for concepts they borrowed from other cultures. The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule... "Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you." Now let's look at what other religions have to say about that:

Bahá'í: "And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself."

Buddhism: "Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful."

Confucianism: "Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you."

Egyptian: "Do for one who may do for you, that you may cause him thus to do."

Hinduism: "Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you."

Humanism: "Don't do things you wouldn't want to have done to you."

Jainism: "A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated."

Judaism: "What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. This is the law: all the rest is commentary."

Native American Spirituality: "Do not wrong or hate your neighbor. For it is not he who you wrong, but yourself."

Shinto: "The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form."

Sikhism: "No one is my enemy, none a stranger and everyone is my friend."

Taoism: "Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain, and your neighbor's loss as your own loss."

Yoruba in Nigeria: "One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts."

Zoroastrianism: "Whatever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others."

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Comment by John Grow on October 30, 2009 at 12:14am
With the exception of Humanism, all these systems predate Christianity by centuries. Indeed though, it's a really basic lesson.
Comment by Jennifer E. on October 24, 2009 at 1:02pm
I'd be interested to see approximate dates when all of these were coined. :) Thanks for the list.
Comment by Martin Allen on October 24, 2009 at 12:35pm
Bob Dylan - may you always do for others and let others do for you
Comment by Gold Guy on October 24, 2009 at 12:22pm
The argument I make from that is that we do not need religion to be moral. Morality is a universal human trait found in all cultures. Each religion takes these universal principles of human morality and claim them as their own. The principles themselves do not rely on a deity.
Comment by Johnny on October 24, 2009 at 6:35am
ah yes! i knew it was in other religions but this makes a great compiled list for me to use in arguments! Thanks!

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