“Abuse,” in these discussions, covers the general concept of departure from the golden rule (along with “evil,” “wickedness,” “iniquity,” and so on). “Good” is that intent which adheres to the golden rule. An abuser is one who does not keep the golden rule. “Faith” is trust, or belief coupled with acting on that belief – putting someone in a position from which they can abuse you.
The golden rule analysis is as simple as “is that what I would want done to me?”
Do you want to be sold to or do you want to be given to?
Do you want to be given to with expectations of reciprocity or given to freely without expectations of reciprocity?
Given to freely without expectation of reciprocity.
Therefore, do not sell, but rather give without expectation of reciprocity.
And if one sees a need, and is able to assist in meeting it, then one should do so.
One may make a request of another, according to the golden rule, when it is a request one would want to grant, if one were in the circumstances of the other. After all, the golden rule implies all requests should be granted, and one would not want a burdensome request made of oneself.
We want exchanges, if they must occur, to result in an increase in value to us compared to our status before the exchange. Therefore if we perform an exchange of stuff for stuff it should be of greater value to the other person; all our deals must be “good” deals to the other person, which means we should take a loss in our own eyes.
A problem is that not everyone necessarily may assess value equally due to experiential variance, so money for stuff is generally not an exchange certain to produce the requisite imbalance of value towards the other person’s favor. And the same analysis holds for bartering or trading, so the golden rule seems to preclude exchanging stuff for stuff. (Money is “the most marketable stuff” anyways.)
So the golden rule seems to be the end of economics, and is the foundation of Zion and universal harmony. The golden rule seems to imply gift giving, without reciprocity, is the rule, with I believe one obvious exception – when it is possible to assure a perfectly equitable exchange, the only type of exchange possible where both parties follow the golden rule, since both would be seeking the other’s benefit.
How can there be an assuredly perfectly equitable exchange between parties?
When it’s all-for-all. And this typically can’t be an exchange of limited resources, since party A will have resources X, and party B will have resources Y, and it’s pretty well assured X does not equal Y and / or A values X differently than B values Y (why “stuff for stuff” doesn’t come up to snuff). Therefore, such an exchange seems to necessarily be of unlimited resources on both parties’ parts, the totality of all they are and have.
And that is exactly the exchange God offers us.
If we will give him ourselves and all we have, withholding nothing, he will give us himself and all he has, withholding nothing. The exchange is perfectly equitable. And he will make us equal to him in all things. (Secret combinations as seen in the Book of Mormon are an obvious counterfeit of this exchange.) This is the root of the Atonement, how it works, and what it does. Since nobody wants to enter into an all-for-all exchange with an abuser – one who will withhold something, seeking their own advantage – it must be shown that both parties are trustworthy, or faithful, in all things. And God, through Christ, has proven his faithfulness by demonstrating he will / does / can keep the golden rule in all circumstances and in every possible extremity.
And if you will give him all you have and are, he will write his law into your heart that you, too, are able to keep the golden rule in all circumstances and in every possible extremity. And once this is written into your heart by fire, light, and unspeakable joy, he will test you, giving you every incentive to act as an abuser, putting you in every situation to both abuse or be abused, that you may learn to distinguish abuse from good and show you will choose the good in all circumstances and in every possible extremity.
Do you now see a little better exactly what you witnessed to God, angels, and those sitting next to you when you took the sacrament?