The Golden rule of religion…

Religion should be based on the truth and only the truth.

Jesus simplified it and he said: "…love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest rule. And a second like it is this, love your neighbour as yourself. On these two rules all the law and the prophets are based (Matthew 22:37-40)".


At first this "Golden rule" look or feel like a box or may be a cage, but very soon becomes a place of safety where we all feel safe and welcome. This ‘Golden rule’ then grows and becomes the back bone, or rather the spine. This is the purpose of religion, to be the spine through which the whole body functions.

I’ve heard it said that religion is from the devil and only cause destruction. When religion goes beyond the truth and is regarded as more important than the people it should serve, religion becomes a hard and destructive system that seems to protect those inside, but is actually separating them from reality and destroying those who comes to close. Religion should be the spine that gives direction and shape to the body, but still allow reality to be embraced and the body to become a soft loving and welcoming touch for those who needs help.

In a church or cell group this should be they way to develop an environment and reality for those in need.

God brought a charge against the people because there was "no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land." (Hosea 4:1)

Psalms 25:10 reads "All the paths of Jehovah are mercy and truth to those who keep His covenant and His testimonies", thus when God is truly known all our paths will be mercy and truth…

You should pray and ask God what is the golden rule for your person, your church, your cell group, your office…
Also ask what the goal is for following the golden rule.

A Golden Rule can be something like "do unto others as you would like them to do unto you" (Matthew 7:12);
OR "It is in the shelter of one another that people truly live" (an Irish proverb).

A Goal could be to "behold Your face in righteousness, I’ll be satisfied when I look like you" (Psalm 17:15);
OR "Discover what lies within, because what lies behind us and before us are small matters compared to what lies with in us" (Ralph Waldo Emerson).

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