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The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached
1. THE TREATMENT THAT IS DESIRED
2. THE TREATMENT THAT IS DISPLAYED
A) Unselfish Actions
B) Unconditional Actions
3. THE TREATMENT THAT IS DEMANDED
A) Commanded by the Law
B) Communicated by the Prophets
1. We as a nation recently mourned the death of Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States. He was our only president that was not elected to that office. In the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, he assumed the office of president when Richard Nixon resigned.
2. In his Swearing in Speech, given on August 9, 1974; he made reference to the Watergate scandal saying, "As we bind up the internal wounds of Watergate, more painful and more poisonous than those of foreign wars, let us restore the golden rule to our political process, and let brotherly love purge our hearts of suspicion and of hate."
3. The golden rule that President Ford referred to are the words of Jesus as found in Matthew 7:12, "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." Who actually gave this verse the name "The Golden Rule," I am not sure. Albert Barnes in his commentary said it was given the name because of its great value.
4. In almost every religion you can find a form or variation of the Golden Rule. In Confucianism there is, "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." In Buddhism there is, "Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful." Hinduism says, "This is the sum of duty; do naught onto others what you would not have them do unto you."
5. Of course there have been other variations of the Golden Rule such as Murphy's Golden Rule, "He who has the gold, makes the rules." Another is, "Do unto others before th ...
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