Doing Unto Others

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#9: “Doing Unto Others”
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January 16, 1988 ↓
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Matthew 7:12

12So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

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Doing Unto Others

“Doing Unto Others” is episode #9 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Phil Lollar, and originally aired on January 16, 1988.


Sixth-grader Johnny Bickle tries to figure out how to practice the Golden Rule.


Johnny Bickle knows the Bible. When Whit asks his sixth-grade Bible study group their memory verse, Johnny's hand always shoots up first. On this particular day, the verse happens to be Matthew 7:12, the Golden Rule. But Johnny is confused. He knows the verse says, "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you." But he doesn't know what kinds of things he should do or how he should do them. Class ends before Whit can explain this, and unfortunately, Johnny takes advice from the next adult he runs across - Officer Harley. After a confusing conversation, the two of them conclude that "doing unto others" means that whatever Johnny likes is what other people will like, too. He tries putting this into practice and has disastrous results.

Later at Whit's End, he explains his problem to Connie. She says the true meaning of "doing unto others" is helping people without expecting anything in return. Connie suggests that Whit is the perfect candidate on whom Johnny can practice the Golden Rule. Connie reveals that Whit doesn't have a television. Johnny can't believe it.

So, with Connie's help, Johnny immediately rushes out to buy one for Whit. When they deliver the gift to Whit, though, Johnny and Connie learn that Whit doesn't have a television because he doesn't want one, not because he can't afford one. When Whit watches the tube, he turns into a TV junkie. Johnny is upset and begins to doubt whether "doing unto others" is even possible! But Whit quickly shows Johnny that following the Golden Rule is not only possible, it's the best way to live.

Discussion Questions

  1. What was wrong with the way Johnny thought we should “do unto others”?
  2. Why is the Golden Rule important?
  3. How can you apply the Golden Rule to your life?


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  • This episode contained a promo for the next show, #10: “Nothing to Fear”, which supposedly featured a girl named Sharon who was afraid of everything. The girl's name is actually Shirley.



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