There is a common voice that many who come to the 7 Universal Laws are voicing. Many of us who have been around a while voiced this same concern but I do not remember it being as common as it is now, maybe with the growth of online groups we are hearing it more.
And that is, “I miss having that sense of religious community with those who share the beliefs as my own.” This was taken from an actual statement of someone who joined a Noahide group to only leave after a few days. His desire for religious community outweighed the learning of the way of the Creator.
I want to say this up front – the 7 Universal Laws are not about religious community – they are about living a life of obedience to the Creator. He has shown us how to walk with Him and fellow man. Actually being apart of a religious community is not even within the 7 Universal Laws. Even if there is a community of Noahides/righteous humans, it is not supposed to be religious – if it is then it is creating a new religion which is forbidden and adding to the Laws which is forbidden.
I will be blunt before we look at some passages of scripture together.
Nowhere in the 7 Laws are there any directives of the formation of a community of like believers. Now I do not say that against those who have formed one or desire one. But it is not a directive of the 7 laws, that is a pure human desire that left over from coming out from a religious system. What we need to do is be living examples of the 7 Laws in the communities we live and through that attract every human we can to the observance of the 7 Laws because it is what the Creator wants from every human.
As I have stated many times, your community is outside your window, you shop with it, you work with it and the Creator takes care of their needs just like He does yours. Matter of fact, the obedience of the 7 laws depends on your involvement with those outside your window.
Now lets look at a few things together.
O LORD, my strength, and my stronghold, and my refuge, in the day of affliction, unto You shall the nations come from the ends of the earth, and shall say: ‘Our fathers have inherited nothing but lies, vanity and things wherein there is no profit.’ Shall a man make unto himself gods, which are not gods?
Before I go any further – Judaism is not a religion, It is one family that are doing what they were told to do by the Creator. This family was being picked by the Creator to be a human priestly line for the rest of the nations. When I was studying to join this priestly family, all the books and classes I read and attended, did not teach on belief but how to do the commandments the family was commanded to keep. A Jew is commanded to do certain things before the Creator, as their service/work to Him. What we see going on in a synagogue is a service of Divine work before the Creator, it may look like and seem to be religious to us, but it is all service/work for the Creator. It is one family coming together to do what they are commanded to do, every gathering they do in their service toward the Creator is like a family reunion not a religious gathering of like minded people.
Today, those of us from the nations that are leaving the religions of the world are like a wave coming to the Creator and admitting we inherited lies from our fathers (notice, fathers is plural), I see this as pointing to the many human creations of many religions around the world. And these lies have been of no profit – so it is interesting that so many want to return to a system that there is no profit in it.
Then I got to looking at verse 20, “Shall a man make unto himself gods, and they are no gods?” A question that came to me while writing this blog is – could the desire for what we had in the religious systems of this world be idolatrous?
Just think about it – The 7 Universal Laws are given to us by the Creator to walk with Him and man – nothing else – if one who feels they cannot keep the 7 laws outside of being tied to a religious community, are they adding to the laws for themselves?
Yes, the 7 Laws is the desire of the Creator for all humanity but they really start of with just you, one person, it is very important that you as a person are doing your obligations before the Creator – Yes, we all have desires for others to do the same but as we can see in the case of Noah the impact of one person doing what the Creator told him to do. Before and after the flood.
The fathers of the religions of this world brought community within the religious belief system. The 7 Universal Laws is not a belief system, they are a system that governs the actions of man not what he believes.
Even the prohibition of idolatry comes from the Hebrew about strange service – first one needs to know the ‘who’ is in this prohibition and the rest of the prohibition is on actions toward the ‘who’. The Hebrew is Avoda Zara/strange service or strange work to the Creator.
The issue of being a Noahide/righteous human is ridding the lies of the fathers, and taking on the correct obligations the Creator that the Creator has told us to do.
And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them: ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth.
The above verse begins the instructions given to Noah and his sons after the flood, which goes to verse 17.
In all of this instruction there are no religious instructions given, what we find are instructions to repopulate the earth, instructions involving human contact and instructions about the eating of meat.
The largest part of the human creation was not given any religious duties to perform in their instructions for life.
This is one of the most difficult issues of those leaving a religion and taking on a life of no religion – I hope to delve more into this issue in a future blog.
The religions of this world creates a desire for religion in a person, so when they leave one religion they seek to replace it with another. This too is a lie from the fathers of religion, it has taken a very strong grip on many folks.
Shall a man make unto himself gods, which are not gods?
Terry W. Hayes