Sometimes claimed to be a uniquely Christian contribution to ethics, the “Golden Rule” has also been argued to be an eloquent expression of the universal principal underlying the concept of law. Compare the similar saying by Confucius.
In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets. (1)
(1) The Law and the Prophets are the first two parts of the Hebrew Bible. The third, the Writings, had not been fully consolidated at this time. This commandment would then be the essence of all Jewish teaching.
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