“Do unto others as you would have done unto yourself” the Golden Rule
Many people point to the immense suffering in the world and the great evil that exists and uses that as evidence that God doesn’t exist, or at least a God of Love. After all how could a God of Love allow babies to starve to death and wars rage unchecked? I say that those aspects validate the existence of a God of Love.
Do unto others as you would have done unto yourself. It is a simple statement that is present in a host of religions. Everybody can readily understand it. Imagine if everybody on planet Earth lived by that statement. If I was hungry I would want somebody to feed me. If I had resources I wouldn’t want another country wage a war against my country to steal them. If I hurt somebody I’d want them to forgive me. You see in this one simple command we would eliminate ninety percent of the problems in the world. Most of those evils that we presently see raging would vanish almost over night. Do you see the power?
Jesus took this whole concept of loving others and made it His priority. Jesus was asked “What is the greatest command?” In turn he gave two. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” The reason that Jesus gave two commandments when asked one is because you cannot Love God without loving your fellow man. 1 John 4:20 states “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”
Jesus to make it absolutely clear that we are to Love everybody, commanded us to even Love our enemies.
I know it is a tall order. I also know that their are a host of so called ‘Christians’ that are as hypocritical as can be. It is ironic that some people can read the Bible once and understand that God wants us to live in peace and harmony. While on the other hand we have Bible ‘scholars’ who vehemently and persuasively advocate all sorts of evils such as war. The ‘pro life’ party cares little for the baby once the child has been born. As James Taylor puts it “There’s a well on the hill, you just can’t kill for Jesus”
For somebody suffering with mental illness there should be no more warm, loving and accepting place. I said ‘should’. Unfortunately the ideal is often sacrificed. Remember the presence of darkness does not negate the reality of light. Because some are evil does not mean you shouldn’t love.
I found no more community loving and accepting then the mentally ill. We are considered among the lowest of the lows, as lepers of the mind. Despite our problems, or more accurately because of our problems the mentally ill have deep compassion not only for one another but for humanity in general. The mentally ill are giving and sharing willing to give you everything they have.
Finally in accepting the divine standards we also must reject the Earthly standards. This world we live in is one of outward pretense. The world emphasizes how you look, the clothes that you wear, how much money you make, the color of you skin. In the eyes of God these things mean nothing. What counts with God? How much you Love your fellow human beings. Remember what Jesus said “Whatsoever you have done to the least of them you have done unto me”.
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