There is a common appeal, whether in the New Testament, the Hebrew Scriptures, the Koran, the Bhagavad Gita, the Analects of Confucius, etc., to what many of us would recognise as the Golden Rule. It is present in all of scripture and wisdom literature. Jesus
stated it this way: “In everything you do, treat people the way you want them to treat you” (Matthew 7:12).
“Do you think the Golden Rule applies to God?”
It is a simple question but with profound implications. Does God treat others the way God wants to be treated? If God communicated the same truth through so many messengers, it must first apply to God. But we often think that God gives commandments as if they are arbitrary tests for us humans rather than expressions of God’s own nature. And if God’s nature is love then ours is too, because we are created in the image of God. Any command to love is to call us to incarnate the deepest truth of our being, love.
The Golden Rule is immensely significant because it is the way God is. God treats me exactly the way God wants to be treated.
Lies we believe about God, Wm. Paul Young