Rule #1: Love God, love people, love yourself.

Isaac Asimov's 3 laws of robotics state the following:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or through inaction allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey all orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect it's own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

See a video of Isaac Asimov repeat these in an interview.

So what happens if a robot is ordered to harm a human being? Can't do it. It's a violation of the first law. The laws form a very important hierarchy. A robot can not violate this hierarchy.

The ideology of the 3 laws is a simple. A robot is a perfect servant to humanity. It can't injure a human being, it is required to sacrifice itself for the protection of humans, It does what it's told, and it will not damage itself. The character quality enforced through the three laws essentially make a robot the perfect (or ideal) human. Jesus tells us the greatest among you is the one that serves [Luke 22:26]. In I Robot Asimov actually explores this idea in one of his short stories. A robot essentially becomes a politician. And while a small scandal threatens to reveal the scandal the ultimate end is the robot is known as one of the greatest politicians ever instated. Rather simply because a robot is a good human.

While the 3 laws of robotics are clearly not of biblical origin Jesus did give us 3 laws in the well known but often poorly worded Golden Rule. I know I always heard the golden rule as "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Unfortunately this rule is actually not correct nor biblical. If someone is a masochist this simply means hurt everyone else as much as you hurt yourself. Whatever fool decided to bastardize the real golden rule into this crap has done more harm to humanity than most flashiest dictators. It paved the way for the selfish humanism that tends to rule much of the world today. Making morals relative to an individuals view of themselves. Here is the real Golden Rule: "Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’" [Matt 22:37-39 NKJV]. It can be difficult to see at face value but the golden rule while looking like two rules is actually three rules.

  1. Love God
  2. Love people
  3. Love yourself

So what if your neighbor serves another God? Should you also partake in his rituals to show him love? Hell no! That would violate the first law. Just like Asimov's laws Gods laws have a clear hierarchy. I like to word this like this for clarity:

  1. Love God.
  2. Love people, unless doing so violates the first law.
  3. Love yourself, unless doing so violates the first two laws.

​I love the part in the interview linked above where Asimov says about the 3rd law "after all it is an expensive piece of machinery". People so often forget the 3rd law hidden in the golden rule but I can just hear God echoing a similar claim about his 3rd law "After all I did create you in my image". 

The real golden rule says love! Not treat others the way you treat yourself. You may treat yourself poorly. God's law says treat others and yourself with love. This is the first and most important law.