Many atheists, so called skeptics and religious tolerance minded in general claim that the Golden Rule has been known and taught by many regardless of chronology, geography or theology.
In a way, this is a non-issue however, in another way it is a fallacious claim.
Considering the Polemic:
In a translation and interpretation of the Old Testament—the Tanakh—that Rev. Dr. A. Cohen edited, the following interpretations are offered:
Commenting of Genesis 18:1, “The LORD here means the three angels.”
Genesis 18:2, “three men. One to bring the tidings that Sarah would give birth to a son, the second to overthrow Sodom, and the third to heal Abraham; the last also went on from there to save Lot.”
As I mentioned in my debate with an atheist; truth is not an imperative in an atheistic universe since in such a case survival is all that matters and you can survive by ascertaining empirical truths or by being utterly deluded—it matters not.
On the other hand, in YHVH's universe truth is not only an imperative and ascertainable but truth is a person: the Messiah Jesus.
I thought that it may be instructive to reproduce that discussion here. I have removed the pleasantries so as to only reproduce the relevant portions. Otherwise, the comments are quoted as is with sic and all.
Christopher Hitchens came very close to elucidating why Jesus chose to be our vicarious atonement;
Why does the British national health service never run out of blood, though you're not allowed to charge for it, you have to give it free, and it never runs out of blood?
Because people like to give blood. They want to feel useful. I like to do it, I like it very much and I'm not a masochist and I don't particularly like being stuck, but someone gains a pint and I don't lose one because I replenish it quite quickly.
As with all attempts to discredit Christianity: every few years the same ol′ objections are voiced in different forms and are discredited only to be voiced again voiced in different forms and discredited only to be voiced again voiced in different forms and discredited only to be voiced again voiced in different forms and discredited—you get the picture.
The following videos were made in order to respond to the Peter Jennings misinfomercial “The Search for Jesus” which aired on ABC in the year 2000 AD. It only goes to show, again, that this stuff is simply repeated every few years, it is refuted every few years, repeated again, refuted again, etc. (as you will note as it also touches upon the Lost Tomb of Jesus.
One issue that is discussed in the debate is Ken Humphreys’ claim that Christianity is fraught with fraud from beginning to end. He proposes his beginning point to be the claimed letter to have been fraudulently written in the Apostle Paul’s name.