Monday, January 29, 2007

Hooray, No Sword needed at Work today

Hi everyone! This will be an honest to Goodness blog entry, kinda similar to others I've composed, and unlike some that I've 'lovingly lifted'. Or loving lifted and mischeviously altered.

Today at my job, I was approached by an employee under my supervision, who had a complaint against another employee. While I won't get into the specifics of the matter, afterward, I got to thinking about the Golden Rule of Christianity. Specifically the part of Jesus' sermon on the mount, as written in the Gospel of Matthew, 7th chapter (my very favorite book/chapter of the Bible). It got me seriously wondering whether or not other major Religions had a similar code of ethics and compassion, similar.

When I got home here, I utilized the Internet, the World Wide Web, even the information Superhighway to research this. What I found is what I had feared I'd find. But here is what I found...

Of course, in Christianity theres this: "Therefore in 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." Matthew 7:12, and this: "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise." Luke 6:31 (both, King James Version)

From the Bahá'í World Faith:
"Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldst not have ascribed to thee, and say not that which thou doest not. Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself." Baha'u'llah
and "And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself." Epistle to the Son of the Wolf

From Brahmanism: "This is the sum of Dharma [duty]: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you". Mahabharata, 5:1517

From Buddhism, where nearly everyone is familiar with the comforting concept of Karma:
"...a state that is not pleasing or delightful to me, how could I inflict that upon another?" Samyutta NIkaya v. 353
Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful." Udana-Varga 5:18

Even from Confucianism: "Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you" Analects 15:23
and "Tse-kung 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 impose on others what you yourself do not desire.'" Doctrine of the Mean 13.3

My good college friend, Vinod's Hinduism has:
This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you. Mahabharata 5:1517

And three Golden Rule entries from Judaism: "...thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.", Leviticus 19:18
and "What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. This is the law: all the rest is commentary." Talmud, Shabbat 31a.
and "And what you hate, do not do to any one." Tobit 4:15

I would be remiss if I left out Native American Spirituality:
"Respect for all life is the foundation." The Great Law of Peace.
and "All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do to ourselves. All is really One." Black Elk

EVEN Wicca, the religion of witches, warlocks and spookys: "An it harm no one, do what thou wilt" (i.e. do what ever you will, as long as it harms nobody, including yourself). One's will is to be carefully thought out in advance of action. This is called the Wiccan Rede.

So, where is the Islamic version of the Golden Rule? Guess what-- there is not any.
That's right, there is no similar rendition of this glorious crede within the Religion of Peace.
In fact, Islam is the only religion that does not have the Golden Rule. The closest that Islam comes to this principle is a hadith which says:
"None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself." Number 13 of Imam "Al-Nawawi's Forty Hadiths."

This brotherhood however does not extend to everyone. Quran (9:23) states that the believers should not take for friends and protectors (awlia) their fathers and brothers if they love Infidelity above Islam. In fact there are many verses that tell the Muslims to kill the unbelievers and be harsh with them. A clear example that Islam is not based on the Golden Rule is the verse (48:29) It says: "Muhammad is the messenger of Allah; and those who are with him are strong against Unbelievers, (but) compassionate amongst each other.”

Thank you Lord, that I am not a Muslim, and without compassion, without patience, without understanding and curiosity. For otherwise, I would have had to cut off the right hand of a pretty good employee, maybe even the left leg, based only upon the 'faulty testimony' of (only) a woman.

Instead, using your Divine laws and lessons, given in the GOOD book, I called the two of them together, got the story straight, learning it was only a poor joke, an innocent prank, juvenile flirting. And all ended very well, with no bloodshed.

2 comments:

V ery Rev. Fr. Gregori said...

This lack of a Golden Rule that should extend to all, is why it pains me when I hear the leader of the Roman Catholic Church declare that Islam is a religion that should be held in esteem and that it is equal with Christianity and other world religions.

It bothers me also when our President, who claims to be a Christian, insists on telling us that Islam is a religion of peace.

Apparently, there are so many who do not know the history of Mohammad and how Islam was spread by the sword. Mohammad was a charlatan and a pedophile, and many of his followers, then and now were and are no better.

Mohammad took bits and pieces of the Christian Bible and the Judaic Talamud and indispersed them with lies and half truths along with thoughts from his own depraved mind.

It is really sad, because there are some truly nice people in the Moslem religion.

Let us all pray that they will some day soon awake to error of their ways and receive Jesus Christ.

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John Bryden said...

Quotations from the Qur’an and sayings of Muhammad:

“It is mercy which Allah has lodged in the hearts of His slaves, and Allah is merciful only to those of His slaves whoare merciful to others.”

"When Allah completed the creation, He wrote in His Book which is with Him on His Throne, "My Mercy overpowers My Anger."

"Kindness is a mark of faith; and whoever hath not kindness hath not faith."

"Verily, God is mild, and is fond of mildness, and He giveth to the mild what He doth not give to the harsh."

"No man hath drunk a better draught than anger which he hath swallowed for God's sake."

“Show) kindness unto parents, and unto near kindred, and orphans, and the needy, and unto the neighbour who is of kin (unto you) and the neighbour who is not of kin, and the fellow-traveller and the wayfarer...”