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#1. Confucius was once asked if there was one rule that could serve as the guide to one's whole life. He replied: "What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others." How does this rule compare with Jesus' teaching on the Golden Rule? Look at these Biblical verses to see if you can tell the difference: Matthew 7:12; Matthew 5:21-26, 43-48. Is there one rule that you live by?
Jesus’ advice is a call to action to “do to others” what you would have them do to you. (Mt 7:12). It is a positive call to action -- a person should act in such a way that he would himself would want to be treated. In Confucius’s version it is a negative admonition. What I do not want done to me I should not do to others. For Jesus it is positive in that we must “do” whereas for Confucius it is negative in that we must “not do.” It is like the same battery, but both philosophers are represented by two different ends....
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