Bahai News - The Rule Known Around the World
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1998
TODAY'S ARTICLE ON CHRISTIAN SCIENCE
The Rule Known Around the World
Bringing a spiritual perspective to daily life
The recent state of international relations - both the bad news and the
good news - prompted me to give more thought to something: what does it
take to get along with others in this world of diverse cultures,
governments, races, and religions?
Then a postcard came to mind, which I had received recently at an
interfaith conference in my city. Five different versions of the Golden
Rule were written on this postcard. Each version represented a different
faith - Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, and Bahai.
I had learned the Golden Rule through these words of Christ Jesus:
"As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise"
(Luke 6:31). However, I did not know the extent to which this code of
conduct is embraced worldwide by many religious groups.
Then I realized that this is not just a code of conduct to abide by,
as important as that may be. It is something much more than that. Mary
Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science in 1866, once said in
reference to the Golden Rule that it is "a divine rule for human
conduct" ("Miscellaneous Writings," Pg. 301). The fact that this Golden
Rule is known the world over by diverse peoples gives evidence that its
origin and influence are not from humans but from God, who is everywhere
and, as the Bible says, "is no respecter of persons" (Acts 10:34). This
rule expresses a divine law and therefore has God's authority. It can't
be ignored, because God's laws are inevitable, all-pervasive, and govern
I received a postcard showing the Golden Rule as expressed by five
Jesus taught the Golden Rule, and he was a master when it came to
living up to it. He gave implicit instructions on how to abide by this
rule when he said: "Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use
you"; also "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" (Luke 6:27, 28;
Matt. 22:39) Many times I have had to abide by these guidelines and not
react angrily if I thought I was being treated unjustly. Knowledge that
the Golden Rule was in effect brought blessings. I especially remember one
time when I had taken a new job. One key aspect of it was difficult to
understand, and my boss urged me to speak with the person in the
organization who had previously carried out the duties in question. However,
when I tried to contact this person over a period of a couple of months,
there was never any response. It appeared she was intentionally ignoring
At first I wanted to tell my boss about how uncooperative she was. I
wanted to criticize her openly. But it just did not seem principled to
talk about this situation to anyone, including my employer. Looking
back, I realize that the Golden Rule was the principle guiding my
thoughts and actions.
Praying in a heartfelt way, which included expressing forgiveness on
my part, was the answer I needed - not retaliation. I also recalled
the spiritual fact that God's love and wisdom were with me always, and
that my success in my new job was not dependent on anyone else. God was
in charge. He would take care of what needed to be done.
I remember I was praying in this way one morning, around seven
o'clock, and feeling peaceful and close to God. Suddenly the phone rang.
The very person I had been trying to contact for so long was on the
line, apologizing for not getting back to me. I invited her to lunch. We
agreed on a time and place. Our time together was congenial and productive.
Some months later, she even came over to my home one evening to give me
some extra help with my job. The Golden Rule was in action for us both.
There's no denying that our world still has a long way to go before
there is consistent utilization of the Golden Rule. But I've seen a
little of how knowing that it has God's power behind it, and not mere
human will, opens the way for its impact on our individual lives. And
this, in turn, has an impact on the world.
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