Do you know that both Jesus and Confucius gave their own versions of the Golden Rule? However, there’s a HUGE difference between the two. Which one is better? Here’s the answer.
When I was a child, I read an interesting quote that is famously attributed to Confucius, a revered Chinese philosopher and thinker.
The quote goes like this:
“Do not do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you.”
You probably have heard or read this before.
In fact, it is popularly known as the Golden Rule.
Most people even made it their life’s mantra.
They lived by this principle.
As a result, they have lived a somewhat good life.
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However, do you know that Yahshua the Messiah or Jesus Christ has a different approach?
In fact, if you follow the Golden Rule of Yahshua, you can have a BETTER result.
If you think that the Golden Rule of Confucius is already a great principle to live by, wait until you read and understand Christ’s Golden Rule.
You will read Yahshua’s version in Matthew 7:12:
“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them.”
Do you see the difference in the Golden Rule of Jesus and Confucius?
The difference can be subtle but it makes a GREAT difference.
Essentially, here’s what Confucius and Yahshua said:
Confucius: “Do not do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you.”
Jesus Christ: “Do unto others what you want them to do unto you.”
The difference is the word “not.”
In Confucius, he said, “Do not.”
In Christ, he said, “Do.”
Now, here’s what you need to understand:
- The Golden Rule of Confucius is passive, while Christ’s is active.
- The Golden Rule of Confucius is negative, while Christ’s is positive.
Do you see now the difference?
Yahshua’s command is for us to actively look for ways to do good to others.
For Christ, it is not enough to simply avoid doing harm to your fellow.
You need to go above and beyond what is required.
It is never enough to simply, “Do not do unto others,” but we must also “Do unto others.”
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It is not enough to simply believe in God.
You need to actively practice your faith and this includes applying the Golden Rule of our Savior.
Now, can you imagine if this world would only follow the Golden Rule of Jesus?
What a wonderful place this world would be!