GOLDEN RULE (1/3)

by Dr. Joseph A. Bailey II, MD., FACS on 27th-February-2017

The Golden Rule (C17 English) term is attested as “Golden Law” because of it supposedly being said by Jesus. “Authorities” regarded  it as ‘Golden” (‘most excellent,’ precious) + of inestimable (rules or precepts) value + having universal importance. “The Golden Rule” expression was often specifically used with reference to Matthew’s precept (7:12): “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets”. This means, say European religious experts, that “men” includes all men, even enemies (Matthew 5:44). Hebrews provided much background of Christian religion — its Commandments; its stories of the Creation and the Flood; the concept of God as lawgiver and judge; and more than 2/3 of its Bible. The Ancient African Bible provided a significant part of the rest to Europeans’ Bible as well as to the Hebrew Bible. But in contrast to the Ancient African Bible (which had no human standard to model their "How Shall I Live?" concepts) and in contrast to the Jewish God, European religious leaders selected Jesus Christ and interpreted his supposed words through their own sociocultural and contextual circumstances. This explainsinstances where passages are put in so as to advocate and justify such anti-loving aspects of living as slavery and sexism. As a reminder, even in the simple relaying of factual historical information, original scribes’ recordings and those doing subsequent transcribing throughout the ages, all engaged in Pseudepigraphic Writings—i.e. stories falsely attributed to Biblical characters or times. Also, typical for back then was for scribes to write in the voice of some authority to give it force, and often by an unknown authority. The only sources of Jesus' life and teachings are the four Apocryphal gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Their theme is "The Gospels," a word meaning "good news." To fit the gospel message in their unique contexts, gospel writers altered the words of each other. Thus, the evangelists Matthew and Luke significantly edited and expanded the Gospel of Mark, which served as a source for their own versions of the gospel story.

The European Bible’s Gospels and other writings, forming the NT and set down in Greek, are said to range from the first century AD to 360 AD. Apparently, the first canonical Gospel was Mark, in 70 AD, some 40 years after the assumed Jesus’ supposed death. Matthew’s Version I of the Golden Rule was a concept known in Judaism before Christ but was expressed negatively: “What you hate, do not do to anyone” (Version II). Version III: “I give so that you will give in return”—a form of Reciprocity. Version IV: “thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matt. 19: 19), introduced the inclusion of “love for others” in the New Testament—based upon Matthew and Luke having the saying as part of Jesus’ teaching in the “Sermon on the Mount”. This and according to Luke (6:27-35) about love for ones enemies is said by European religious experts to be another form of the Great Commandment, which makes universal love of neighbor and extension of the love of God (Matthew 22: 37-40). The good done to ones neighbor, unselfishly and out of love for Christ, is regarded as done to Christ (Matthew 25:40). Complexity was added by European religious experts saying the Golden Rule is a practical expression of the love commandment growing out of love for God and ones neighbor. 

European dictionaries define “Love” as “A deep devotion or affection for another person(s); a strong sexual passion; a very great interest in, or enjoyment of, something….”. European Bible dictionaries define “Love” by things European religious experts give opinions about Love’s “what it does” and “how it appears”. I have not found where they address the “what it is” or the nature of the creator of their Love. Then, they go on to list their ideas of “Love’s” attributes (e.g. patient, kind; not jealous or boastful) and tell people how they ought to live–adding: a good man prefers others before himself; a bad man is selfish; and there may be love between a slave and master”—as if that is a Golden Rule situation to honor. Despite these variations, the “Golden Rule” has been widely accepted–in word, in deed, and as a philosophy of life—all according to each individual’s interpretation. This is in keeping with the C5 BC Greek, Pythagoras teaching Europeans that since "man is the measure of all things," what men wish to think or do determines for them what is true or right. So, the “Golden Rule” standard of judgment is what any given human decides it to be! jabaileymd.com; JABLifeSkills

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