In recent times, a group of scholars called the ‘Jesus Seminar’, a team of around 150 New Testament specialists, created uproar in religious circles with their controversial interpretation of the Gospels. Members of this group teach at leading universities in North America and represent many of the major Christian denominations and traditions. After six years of research, the Seminar concluded that at least 82% of the words ascribed to Jesus Christ in the Gospels were not spoken by him. They contend that the Gospels, like all writings in the New Testament, are human products and should not be accorded divine status. To substantiate their findings, this well-known Gospel verse which has been taught by the priesthood for centuries as being original words of wisdom spoken by Jesus Christ, can be established not to be so;
‘Do unto others as you would that they should do unto you’.
This advice was recorded some 500 years previous to the time attributed to the Gospel Christ, it being one of the sayings of the Chinese philosopher Confucius, and is found in the records of his quotes entitled ‘The Analects of Confucius’, p. 76).