Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Golden Rule is the Way

"Do to others as you would have them do to you." Luke 6.31

Some 70 years after Jesus' execution, an anonymous writer (in the gospel we call 'John's Gospel') imagined Jesus saying, 'I am the way, the truth and the life...' The Golden Rule was the way that Jesus demonstrated, the way that he lived, the way of enlightenment and compassion and service that he modeled. 'The way' didn't mean to feel superior to people who held other prophets are gurus in high regard; the way was the way of loving neighbor, treating others as one would wish to be treated, of seeing everyone as equal ('the last are first and the first are last'), the way of compassion and kindness over legalism (the Good Samaritan). And so, the Way is taught in every enduring spiritual tradition, and regardless of where we discover the way, following it and applying its truth to our lives is still how we commune best with the Source and Substance of all life.

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