At the top of my list has always been the so-called “Golden Rule”, which is quoted in Christian Bible (in English) as
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
This is of course by itself utterly repugnant: for example, of COURSE every good loving Christian wants to spend eternity in paradise and heaven. So s/he could only be grateful to anyone who helps him/her get there. For unbelievers, such as Jews, witches, and countless thousands upon whom the Inquisition decided we could/would not overcome our self-harming tendency to choose hell and not paradise, this “help” has been in the form of things such as burning us at the stake, trial by water, etc.
By itself, it’s a horrible doctrine. But it has always angered me even more that Christians seem to think that it proves the JEWISH origin of their values. Of course they point with pride to the Jewish version of this principle — somehow not noticing that the original is EXACTLY the opposite:
מה ששנוא עליך אל תעשה לחברך. (שבת, ל”א, א).
What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow.
I have learned over the years not to get angry when i hear someone assert that the Christian version — the one where you get to decide what’s good for others based on your own desires — is somehow Jewish. I even avoid pointing out how if this was meant to show that someone learned from Jews, it not only proves what a lousy student he was, but it showcases one of the most important Christian values: “it’s all about ME.”. As but one of the more damaging versions of this principle, which really shows just how insidious Christian doctrine can be, i suggest Kant’s Categorical Imperative. But that’s another post.
Here, I’d like to share something which was TOTALLY new to me, and I’d be curious if anyone else thinks “something ought to done”:
Namely, i happened to look up The “Golden Rule” in Wikipedia, and look what i find!!!! In the opening paragraph no less:
———quote from wikipedia——-
The “Golden Rule” of Leviticus 19:18 was quoted … during his Sermon on the Mount and described by him as the second great commandment. The common English phrasing is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.
Let me save you the trouble of looking that up: it’s
ואהבת לרעך כמוך.
I admit that i was horrified to imagine that in the hands of Christians — quite literally, unfortunately, in their hands — an injunction to “love” was used to turn one of the most important things ever to be said about the positive use of “hate” (namely, what Shammai said) into a commandment to make everyone just like you — even if that means you need to burn them alive to ensure that they’ll “enjoy” the same benefits that of course you will yourself enjoy (and in your goodness would never want to keep from others).
I find those first five words of that Wikipedia article to be truly profoundly offensive. The “golden rule” is nowhere NEAR Leviticus 19. Can you imagine? פרשת קדושים of all things!!!