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The Golden Rule
How does it help Christians make moral decisions?
When Christians make decisions they often turn to the Bible to help them. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught his followers about the importance of treating people well:
'So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.' Matthew 7:12
This verse is sometimes referred to as the 'Golden Rule,' It can be applied to many situations Christians find themselves in, giving them guidance as to what decisions they should make.
This teaches Christians that they should treat others the way they want to be treated. For example, the Golden Rule suggests that if you would like people to treat you with respect, then you should treat others with respect too. If you'd like people to help you, then you should help them too.
The verse can be used to guide Christians about attitudes and actions towards others on a daily basis. However, it can also be used to help them make bigger life decisions, for example, when faced with tough moral decisions, such as euthanasia.