Origins of Golden Rule, Christ, and

The Golden Rule is Christ’s wording of the principle of the second greatest commandment, reformulated in more pragmatic language. Christ was teaching the rabbis about it at 12 years old in the temple. So it IS Christ’s Golden Rule, because it’s his statement of it.

And yes, Jesus must have been home-schooled in his very youngest formative years, but note what the learned Jewish elders said of him:

“And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?” So he wasn’t exactly a graduate of a “recognized” Hebrew shool, either.

Of course it’s not a new principle. We can see from the “trick” question that Pharisees asked of him (so they thought to trick him): “Who is my neighbor?”

His reply was the story of the Good Samaritan. Pharisees despised the unclean Samaritan. The moral of the story is that whoever you come across that needs your help, that’s your neighbor.

As a matter of fact, the entire locus (theology) of Christianity is pure Tanukh theology and tradition, continued forward with the fulfillment of the law and the prophets.

Back to my original point, which is that the rule also has a deductive corollary, the non-aggression principle, and the time of the Judges shows that God favors anarchism, freedom from coercion and theft, when the people themselves follow it and enforce it. If enough people (population critical mass) don’t appreciate this freedom, or demand serfdom like the leaders of Israel did in the first book of Samuel, well, God did not make us robots.

On 7/25/14 3:35 PM, Carolyn Makovi cmakovi [lfl-discuss] wrote:

Regarding the reference to Christ’s Golden Rule, it was not his rule. He learned it in Hebrew school. The Golden Rule was taught by Moses. It is fundamentally a Jewish concept. Thanks for letting me get that fact out.

Carolyn

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