To think some people waste their time by reading the Old Testament when it is summed up right here in thirteen words. That is said tongue in cheek and by no means meant as a slight to the beauty and truth of the Old Testament. The contrast between the old and new testaments is sometimes baffling. The Old Testament is sometimes very harsh in its description of how God punishes the sinful contrasted to God so loving the earth that He sent his only son. It was Jesus who changed everything and we were granted salvation through His death on the cross. This accounts for the change between the writings of the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Let’s examine the idea of do unto others as you would have them do onto you. Individuals have debated the logic of this. The thought is that all individuals are different and therefore doing to others as you would have done to you is not always the best way to treat someone. For example someone from Winnipeg does not want to be treated like a Saskatchewan Rider fan. However the purpose of this verse is to think more universally about human interaction. Identifying universal truths to human interaction will lead us down the path of Christianity and the true meaning of this verse. For example, Stephen Covey believed that when you brought people together the universal beliefs that everyone agrees on in the end are: fairness, kindness, dignity, charity, integrity, honesty, quality, service, and patience. If we use these as universal truth to human interaction and agree that we want to be treated with these ourselves, than we should strive to treat others with kindness, dignity, charity, integrity, honesty, quality, service, and patience.
God you are good. Your universal truths will bring us out of the darkness and into the light. Enlighten us to help us to shine your light on others by treating everyone as we want to be treated.