Do not give what is holy to the dogs, or throw your pearls before pigs. They might trample on them, and then turn on you and tear you to pieces.
So, do to others whatever you would that others do to you: there, you have the law and the prophets. Enter through the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the road, that leads to destruction, and many go that way. How narrow is the gate that leads to life; and how rough, the road; few there are, who find it.
Jesus summed up the teaching of the Old Testament law and prophets: “do to others whatever you would that others do to you.” There is also a negative form, ‘Do not do to others what you would not like them to do to you’. In Jesus’ version, he raised it to a new level of perfection and fulfillment. We can observe the negative maxim by doing nothing at all. The positive can only be observed by doing something: a good action to others. The latter is much more in line with the teachings of Jesus. The law of love requires more than just doing no bad or avoiding conflict or harm to one’s neighbor. Perfect love seeks the good of others for their sake and gives the best we can offer for their welfare. Perfect love requires us to do something, and to do something good. /Vulnerasti, 2022