The Noahide Laws or The Seven Laws of Noah
I was recently introduced to these semi-Jewish laws, rules, concepts, etc. by my old rabbi. According to Wikipedia they “are a set of imperatives which, according to the Talmud, were given by God as a binding set of laws for the “children of Noah” — that is, all of humanity.”
- Do not deny God.
- Do not blaspheme God.
- Do not murder.
- Do not engage in illicit sexual relations.
- Do not steal.
- Do not eat from a live animal.
- Establish courts/legal system to ensure obedience to said laws.
Jewish law has a tendency to state things in the negative — do not do… Hillel supposedly responded to an impatient convert who was asking him how long it would take to learn the Torah and be able to become a Jew:
“That which is hateful unto you do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole of the Torah. The rest is commentary. Go forth and study.”
Later it would appear that another well known Jew took this negative statement and turned it into a positive statement that is now known as the Golden Rule:
“Do for others what you want them to do for you. This is the teaching of the laws of Moses in a nutshell.”
So I thought about the above seven laws, and how would the first six look if you turned them into positive statements:
- Accept God as your God.
- Praise God and celebrate his teachings.
- Love and embrace life.
- Respect the family and honor your spouse.
- Respect and honor the property of others.
- Respect the food that God has given to you in nature.
- (The seventh is already a positive statement)
Just some thoughts. Would this make a great foundation for a new religion or what?