As I continued reading the Gospels, I was confused by some of the miracles and the contradicting stories. For the most part, I blocked out what I didn’t understand and concentrated more on what did make sense to me. What made sense to me more than anything was the “Golden Rule:”
“Do to others what you would like them to do to you.”
If everyone were to treat others as they wanted to be treated, I figured, the world would be a much better place. And the idea that if we tried to live like this regardless of how anyone else acted seemed to me like the right way to live.
This, then, became the religious foundation of my life. It became my way of judging whether I was doing good or bad in the world. In anything I did, I would always try to ask myself if what I was doing was the way I would want it done to me.
It soon became clear to me that when I followed this way of living, I felt good, and when I didn’t, I felt bad. Also evident was the fact that the more I followed the Golden Rule with others, the more it seemed they would follow it with me. This was a powerful realization because it showed me that what Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount was true; others will treat you as you treat them.
— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 32)