A recent survey of US Religious Knowledge recently revealed an astonishing lack of religious knowledge in the body of believers.
It is important to remember that when it comes to religious belief, there is nothing new under the sun. The ethic of reciprocity, or the golden rule, is a concept that is more important than the christian ten commandments when viewed through a broad lens. You will see why below. It is a bridge between all of the religions, a universal belief that can be used to reach out and transcend what may be other major differences in doctrine. The ethic of reciprocity is a commonality that should be emphasized for it is a human universal truth.
The Ethic of Reciprocity
The Golden Rule
Christianity – All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye so to them; for this is the law and the prophets. Matthew 7:1.
Confucianism – Do not do to others what you would not like yourself. Then there will be no resentment against you, either in the family or in the state. Analects 12:2.
Buddhism – Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. Udana-Varga 5,1.
Hinduism -This is the sum of duty; do naught onto others what you would not have them do unto you. Mahabharata 5,1517.
Islam – No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself. Sunnah.
Judaism – What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellowman. This is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary. Talmud, Shabbat 3id.
Taoism – Regard your neighbor’s gain as your gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss. Tai Shang Kan Yin P’ien.
Zoroastrianism – That nature alone is good which refrains from doing another whatsoever is not good for itself. Dadisten-I-dinik, 94,5.