The concept of treating other people the way you want to be treated, sometimes called The Golden Rule, was not invented by Jesus. It goes way back, even before the Hebrew scriptures. Nearly all faiths and philosophies contain some form of it.
I believe God had the idea of the Golden Rule at the beginning of time and planted it in the hearts of all humans. As God communicated through prophets and sages, the message of compassion was reinforced. Thus, even non-believers have an inborn desire to help others. Look at all the charities and non-profits we have. Even without the tax-deduction, people will give money, goods, and time to help to improve the lives of people, animals, and the planet.
We are goodhearted whether we espouse a doctrine, read a holy book, or attend a church. We are hard-wired to help. As I understand it, that’s the meaning of “love thy neighbor.” If your neighbor (next door or across the globe) were hurt and calling to you for help, would you run to him? Of course you would. You have compassion, charity, brotherly love for him. It’s not a new concept. It’s not a hard concept.
So why do we struggle with it?
Note: this blog is from A Doubter’s Devotional 2, chapter 7, available here on Amazon:order here