Religions Share a Common Message in These Trying Times

Religions Share a Common Message in These Trying Times March 28, 2020

Originally published on the Church of Scientology religious freedom blog at, this universal message of how to treat others is offered as a guideline to help people cope. 

Some 20 percent of the world’s population is under lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and people the world over are experiencing the impact of the pandemic on their daily lives. A common thread of the Golden Rule that runs through so many of the world’s religions can ease the worry and the effects of social isolation.

In The Way to Happiness, the common-sense moral code written by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard for use by people of all religions and beliefs, this “rule” is expressed in two precepts—one expressing the “thou shalt not” side of the equation and one to clarify what “thou shalt,” which is beautifully illustrated in The Way to Happiness book on film on the Scientology Network.

Precept 19: Try not to do things to others that you would not like them to do to you.

Precept 20: Try to treat others as you would want them to treat you.

For a sampling of the Golden Rule as expressed in many religions, this compilation was created by the Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders to encourage thoughtfulness and operating with due consideration for others:


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