In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets. (Matthew 7:12, NRSV)
Do to others as you would have them do to you. (Luke 6:31, NRSV)
What goes around comes around. Karma. You get what you give. There are many contemporary ways of saying that the way we treat others will be the way that others treat us. The imperative can be stated positively, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” or negatively, “do not treat others in ways that you would not want to be treated.” This guide for living is found in the passages from Matthew and Luke above. We call it the “Golden Rule.” Most of us were taught the Golden Rule, and as parents or teachers, we have taught it to others.
The internet makes it very easy to find the same guideline expressed in various ways in many other religions. In Judaism: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow: this is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn” (Shabbath folio:31a, Babylonian Talmud). In Hinduism: “This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you” (Mahabharata 5:1517). In Islam: “None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself” (Number 13 of Imam Al-Nawawi’s Forty Hadiths).