Jesus was a johnny-come-lately regarding the Golden Rule:I applaud you for adopting the second great absolute moral standard that God decreed: Love thy neighbour as thyself.
ANCIENT GOLDEN RULES ANTEDATING CHRIST:
"Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself." – Confucius (c. 551–479 BCE)
"Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain, and your neighbor's loss as your own loss." – Lao Tzu
"Do to the doer to cause that he do thus to you." - Ancient Egyptian concept of Maat(c. 2040–1650 BCE)
"Avoid doing what you would blame others for doing." – Thales (c. 624 BC – c. 546 BCE)
"Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful." - Siddhartha Gautama,(c. 563-483 BCE)
"One should never do that to another which one regards as injurious to one’s own self. This, in brief, is the rule of dharma. Other behavior is due to selfish desires." - The Hindu Mahabharata [book] circa 400 BCE
[Others at http://www.thebelovedcommunity.net/golden-rul... ]
Do you know whether Jesus make any original contributions to moral theory - moral values unheard of before he spoke them?