The Golden Rule is the name given by Bible translators to a principle Jesus taught in His Sermon on the Mount. That is to say, the actual words golden rule are not found in Scripture, just as the words sermon on the mount are also not found. These titles were later added by Bible translation teams when describing different passages of Scripture in order to make Bible study a little easier. The phrase Golden Rule began to be ascribed to this passage of Scripture during the 16-17th centuries, as it was already a popular saying at that time. This is important to note because when talking about the Golden Rule, Christians sometimes unknowingly and incorrectly ascribe it to Jesus actual words.
What we call the Golden Rule refers to Matthew 7:12: So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Jesus knew the human heart and its selfishness. In fact, in the preceding verse, He describes human beings as you who are evil. This is