DJO Discussion

Blog Intro: OK, I’m new at this, so cut me some slack, but I have been inspired by comments made by my DJO classmates and their friends to give this a try.  My proposal is that we deal with questions and concerns regarding Christianity, one by one, with honest respectful discourse.  Please feel to share the link to this blog with whomever you think could follow this simple but at times challenging requirement – whether they are DJO grads or not.

First topic, submitted by Bill Cusmano: What, beyond the Golden Rule, does the Bible really have to offer?

My take: Yes, the Christian God does indeed want us to be good to each other, and the Golden Rule is the best summation of what this is to look like with respect to our relationships with others.  This covers commandments 5-10, though without much detail regarding what this is supposed to looks like.  Much of the rest of the Bible helps to fill in the gaps.

The place where Christianity differs from every other religion with which I am familiar, is the mechanism by which we are to “become good.”  Rather than me giving you my thoughts, I would like to share a verse with interested readers, so you can consider what it has to say with regard to the mechanism of human goodness according to the Gospel.  The verse is 2 Corinthians 5:21 – “God made Him who knew no sin (guess who?) to become sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

So, based on this verse, why is the Golden Rule not enough to bring about righteousness/goodness/holiness/kindness/etc?

Bill Griffin






  1. Tony says

    First, because we our sinful and unable to produce righteousness. Other reason is because Christ has already provided what God required on our behalf, because we are unable too.

  2. David says

    I am confused. What is your definition of the Golden Rule (is it, “do unto others…..” Matt 7:12)? How does that relate to 2 Corinthians 5:21?

  3. William Dabney says

    great point Billy. except for the saying “cut me some slack” which sounds way too much like your big brother ;-))))

  4. Bill Griffin says

    The Golden Rule, if adopted universally, would indeed make life on earth better. However, this approach is an incomplete portion of what the Christian Gospel prescribes. No matter how hard we try – on a good day, with the wind at our backs – we still constantly fall short of the perfect standards of goodness described in the Bible. For example, if you think you’re a pretty loving person, try reading 1 Corinthians 13, it makes me shrink every time. Fortunately, the Lord knows we fall short, and this is where Jesus comes in. He claims to be the Savior that we all need, and God’s plan for our maximum goodness is described in 2 Corinthians 5:21 – first we look to Him as the One who obeyed perfectly and then took the rap that we deserved – and then, as forgiven sons and daughters of our Creator, we seek to honor Him with our lives. It’s a two-step, and reversing the order doesn’t work.

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