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Jesus on The Golden Rule:

The spiritual level. And then last, but greatest of all, we attain the level of spirit insight and spiritual interpretation which impels us to recognize in this rule of life the divine command to treat all men as we conceive God would treat them. That is the universe ideal of human relationships. And this is your attitude toward all such problems when your supreme desire is ever to do the Father's will. I would, therefore, that you should do to all men that which you know I would do to them in like circumstances."  ~ The Urantia Book, Page 1651, (147:4.9) 

1. Judaism and Christianity. Bible, Leviticus 19.18 

You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 

2. Christianity. Bible, Matthew 7.12 

Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. 

3. Islam. Forty Hadith of an-Nawawi 13 

Not one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself. 

4. Jainism. Sutrakritanga 1.11.33 

A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated. 

5. Confucianism. Mencius VII.A.4 

Try your best to treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself, and you will find that this is the shortest way to benevolence. 

6. Hinduism. Mahabharata, Anusasana Parva 113.8 

One should not behave towards others in a way which is disagreeable to oneself. This is the essence of morality. All other activities are due to selfish desire. 

7. Confucianism. Analects 15.23 

Tsekung asked, "Is there one word that can serve as a principle of conduct for life?" Confucius replied, "It is the word shu--reciprocity: Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you." 

8. Buddhism . Sutta Nipata 705 

Comparing oneself to others in such terms as "Just as I am so are they, just as they are so am I," he should neither kill nor cause others to kill.

9. African Traditional Religions. Yoruba Proverb (Nigeria) 

One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts. 

10. Jainism. Acarangasutra 5.101-2 

One who you think should be hit is none else but you. One who you think should be governed is none else but you. One who you think should be tortured is none else but you. One who you think should be enslaved is none else but you. One who you think should be killed is none else but you. A sage is ingenuous and leads his life after comprehending the parity of the killed and the killer. Therefore, neither does he cause violence to others nor does he make others do so. 

11. Buddhism . Samyutta Nikaya v.353 

The Ariyan disciple thus reflects, Here am I, fond of my life, not wanting to die, fond of pleasure and averse from pain. Suppose someone should rob me of my life... it would not be a thing pleasing and delightful to me. If I, in my turn, should rob of his life one fond of his life, not wanting to die, one fond of pleasure and averse from pain, it would not be a thing pleasing or delightful to him. For a state that is not pleasant or delightful to me must also be to him also; and a state that is not pleasing or delightful to me, how could I inflict that upon another? 

As a result of such reflection he himself abstains from taking the life of creatures and he encourages others so to abstain, and speaks in praise of so abstaining. 

12. Judaism. Talmud, Shabbat 31a 

A certain heathen came to Shammai and said to him, "Make me a proselyte, on condition that you teach me the whole Torah while I stand on one foot." Thereupon he repulsed him with the rod which was in his hand. When he went to Hillel, he said to him, "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor: that is the whole Torah; all the rest of it is commentary; go and learn." 

13. Christianity. Bible, Matthew 22.36-40 

"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets." 

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