Pure Gold

By April 8, 2016Sanctuary, Senior Pastor

Tim BrusterDear Friends,

This Sunday I’ll begin a new series in the Sanctuary services entitled “Five Essentials for Living Well.”In this series, we’ll look together at five passages of scripture that guide us in building our lives around values and practices that help lead to what Jesus called “abundant life.” We will begin the series with some words of Jesus that are known as “the Golden Rule.” In The Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Matthew 7:12)

It is fascinating that the Golden Rule is found in various forms in most of the world’s religions:

Bahá’í — “And if your eyes be turned towards justice, choose for your neighbor that which you choose for yourself.” (Bahá’u’lláh)

Buddhism “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” (Udana-Varga 5,1)

Confucianism — “Do not do to others what you would not like yourself. Then there will be no resentment against you, either in the family or in the state.” (Analects 12:2)

Hinduism “This is the sum of duty; do naught onto others what you would not have them do unto you.” (Mahabharata 5:1517)

Islam — “No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.” (Sunnah)

Jainism “A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated.” (Sutrakritanga 1.11.33)

Judaism “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellowman. This is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary.” (Talmud, Shabbat 3id)

Taoism “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.” (T’ai-Shang Kan-Ying P’ien)

Zoroastrianism “That nature alone is good which refrains from doing another whatsoever is not good for itself.” (Dadistan-I-dinik, 94,5)

Jesus said of his words, “For this is the law and the prophets.” This was a common way of saying “the whole of scriptures,” so what he was saying is that all of scripture is summarized in the simple Golden Rule. It is pure gold.

On Sunday, we will hear with fresh ears these words of Jesus as we think together about how these words guide us in building our lives around values and practices that help lead to what Jesus called “abundant life.”

Grace and Peace,

Dr. Tim Bruster,
Senior Pastor


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