There is a common phrase in our day and age, people say that their only rule and the way they live there life is: “Do unto others as you would have done unto you”. In Luke 6:31 Jesus revealed this rule when He said “And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” This can be seen as a rather good ethical code, and so some people say Jesus was a good ethical teacher. I say Christ was far more then a mere ethical teacher, and so when I say folly of the philosophy, I am not saying what Christ said is folly, but rather the way people who refer to themselves as ‘spiritual’ have decided to use it apart from Jesus Christ and the context He placed it in.
One thing to note, the moment you say that this is a rule, you have by inference said that not doing to others as you would have done to you is wrong.
This begs the question, why is it wrong?
If it is purely human wisdom and you have conceived of it yourself, what basis does it have except your own subject and often flawed heart?
Why should anyone else conform to this? Dictators, rapists and murderers often go unpunished their whole life, yet they assumingly don’t live by this code.
Despite the difficulties mentioned above, has anyone ever kept this law perfectly? Have you?
People shun away from God’s moral law as shown in the Ten Commandments yet many of these hang on the command to love your neighbor as yourself.
Don’t lie, steal, covet, commit adultery, murder, disrespect your parents? Have you kept all of these? If not you have not loved your neighbor as yourself. So then what? Is this a powerless law, will you go unpunished? If there is not punishment, then what is the good in keeping the law at all, since people who don’t follow this also find joy and a complete life?
This is why Paul said in Romans 3:20, “For by works of the law no human being will be justified in His sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.”
All that this moral code does is show you how far you are from perfection. It reminds me of speeding tickets. Do you realize that the law of the road will never justify you? It never records all the good driving you do and then rewards you as the countries best driver. The law only serves to bring knowledge of sin.
Furthermore, I am also sure that there are some bad people in prisons, right? Do you think we should let them out? I mean, would you like to be locked up for making a mistake!? We need to do to them what we would want done to us.
Can you imagine, what a chaotic society we would have.
However, people do go to jail, and we do have a sense of right and wrong, something which we couldn’t evolve to have, something which does not come from society (since we see isolated communities that know right and wrong), and the basis for there being a wrong is that there is a right.
Well, you say, I have only done a few things wrong then, not many. Well, how many things must one do wrong before one is guilty? Five, ten, sixty?
The entire issue has at its core, what is your source of truth?
Is it yourself? Your own reasoning powers and intellect, your own sense of justice? Jeremiah the prophet spoke about man, he said, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can understand it?” When we are sick, we look outside ourselves, when we are school learning, we look outside ourselves, but ah, when we are trying to justify ourselves we look at ourselves as the standard. In 2 Corinthians 10:12 Paul notes, “… But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding”. It is like the second grader who compares himself with another second grader and since he is a bit smarter, assumes he should be in university already- let him compare himself to the teacher.
Our source of knowledge comes from God as is revealed in the person of Jesus Christ, who is the express image of His Person. This we can discover in the written Word, the Holy Bible, a book which has stood the scrutiny of scholars for 1900 years. A book which one is hard-pressed to deny is perfect, completely harmonious (despite all reasons for it not to be), prophetic (in a testable verifiable fashion), amazing (in its content which surpasses the human mind in purity and holiness).
Rom 3:19, “Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God”
Our perception of good and evil comes since there is an absolute standard of good, God… He alone is the Perfect One. We have fallen far below that standard, and thus are culpable to the ordained of that standard. Since the crime is against and infinite God, it is infinitely punishable.
Herein lies the good news of the gospel, herein lies the purpose of Christ’ death: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Romans 3:23-24). Paul goes on later, “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame. (Romans 10:9-11).