The Seven Laws of Noah
and Related Concepts
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The U.S. Congress officially recognized the Noahide Laws in legislation which was passed by both houses. Congress and the President of the United States, George Bush, indicated in Public Law 102-14, 102nd Congress, that the United States of America was founded upon the Seven Universal Laws of Noah, and that these Laws have been the bedrock of society from the dawn of civilization. They also acknowledged that the Seven Laws of Noah are the foundation upon which civilization stands and that recent weakening of these principles threaten the fabric of civilized society, and that justified preoccupation in educating the Citizens of the United States of America and future generations is needed. For this purpose, this Public Law designated March 26, 1991 as Education Day, U.S.A.
"God spoke to Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, 'As for me, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your offspring after you .... The rainbow will be in the cloud. I will look at it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.'" -- (Genesis 9:8-9, 16)"Therefore my judgment is that we don't trouble those from among the Gentiles who turn to God ..... For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay no greater burden on you than these necessary things: that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality, from which if you keep yourselves, it will be well with you. Farewell" -- (Acts 15:19, 28-29)."Seven commandments were the sons of Noah commanded: (1) concerning adjudication, (2) and concerning idolatry, (3) and concerning blasphemy, (4) and concerning sexual immorality, (5) and concerning bloodshed, (6) and concerning robbery, (7) and concerning a limb torn from a living animal" -- (Talmud Sanh.56a)."This obligation, to teach all the peoples of the earth about the Laws of Noah, is incumbent upon every individual in every era" -- (Mishnah Torah, Law of Kings 8:10).
- Comments Concerning the Noachide Law, the Mosaic Law, Judaism and Christianity
- Understanding Acts 15 - By Robert Clanton
- The Covenant with Noah - By Robert Clanton
- Answering the Questions of the Law and the Christian from Scripture - By Robert Clanton
- The Influence of the Noahide Laws in the Gospels - By Robert Clanton
Other articles by Robert Clanton that are not directly related to the Laws of Noah
- Rabbi Jacob Emden's Views on Christianity and the Noachide Commandments
- The Seven Noachide Laws - Laws for all mankind.The following articles reside on external web sites so you will need to use the BACK BUTTON on your browser to return to this page.
- The Seven Laws of Noah - By Rabbi David Hall. A brief introduction. Also briefly compares the Ten Commandments with the Seven Laws of Noah.
- Reconciling Law and Grace By Rabbi David Hall
- The Spirit of the Law - Believer's in Messiah today are not without the law but under the law of Christ (Gal. 6:2). There are laws that apply to believers today that deal with our relationships with other people. The law is good and just and perfect -- there is a problem with the law -- there is a problem with man. Man, with his sin nature, is unable to keep the law.The New Testament verses concerning God's law explain that those who love God will follow God's instructions -- His ways, His paths (Romans 2:23; Ephesians 6:2-3; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16; Hebrews 10:16; James 1:25; 2:11; 8-26; 1 John 2:3-4, 24; 3:22; 5:2,3; 2 John 6; Revelation 22:14). The law was never meant to save -- only to guide. Without God's instruction, it would be impossible for people to live together. Without God's law, there could be no grace. As David said in Psalm 119, God laid down precepts that are to be obeyed. He said he meditated on God's precepts and ways, and if we walk in God's paths our hearts are set free.
Since the time of Noah there are seven laws non-Jews were required to keep after becoming a worshiper of the God of Abraham. Keeping the Noahide laws did not save you -- even the Jews know that keeping the law does not save. Only the Messiah can save. These laws are simply instructions for our own good. The word law means instruction. The Noahide Laws based on Genesis nine are:
- To behave justly in all relationships, and to establish courts of justice.
- To refrain from blaspheming Gods name.
- To refrain from practicing idolatry.
- To avoid immoral practices, specifically incest and adultery.
- To avoid shedding the blood of ones fellow man.
- To refrain from robbing ones fellow man.
- To refrain from eating a limb torn from a live animal.
- To teach the believer how to serve, worship and please God [Psalm 19:7-9; Acts 18:13, 14].
- To instruct the believer how to treat his fellow man and have healthy relationships with him [Leviticus 19:18; Galatians 5:14; Galatians 6:2].
- To teach believers how to be happy and prosper here on earth by manifesting the power and authority of Gods reign in their lives [Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:1-3; Luke 12:32].
- The Law was given, not to save, but to measure mans deeds both toward God and his fellow man, straightening out all matters contrary to sound doctrine [I Timothy 1:8-10; II Timothy 2:5; I Corinthians 6: 1- 12; I Corinthians 3:13; Romans 2:12; Revelation 20:12, 13].
- The Law is a schoolmaster showing that we are guilty and then leading us to Christ our Messianic justification [Galatians 3:21-24; Romans 3:19].
- The Law gives us both the knowledge and depth of our sin [Romans 3:20; Romans 4:15; Romans 7:7, 8; Luke 20:47 - greater damnation].
- The Law reveals the good, holy, just, and perfect nature of God and serves as the visible standard for Gods will [Romans 2:17, 18; Romans 7:12; II Peter 1:4].
- The Law is to be established or accomplished by our faith, therefore, it is called the Law of faith [Romans 3:27; Romans 3:31].
- The same Law today is written on our hearts, and through Gods Spirit we can delight and serve the Law of God [Romans 7:6-25] (Mosley 1996).
- Bridging the Judeo-Christian Gap. IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN and would like to join a discussion group with other Christians, Howard M. Rollin has established a new list specifically designed for you. At this time, the most important aspect of this discussion group will be your understanding and hopefully your support and promotion of the "NOACHIDE" (the Sons of Noah, B'nai Noach) movement. Throughout history, Orthodox Judaism has controlled this movement, as if it were a part of Judaism. However, on March 26, 1991, U.S. President George Bush signed into law a congressional resolution on the Seven Laws of the Noachide Movement (House Joint Resolution 104, Public Law 102-14). Since Rabbinic Judaism has determined that Christianity is idolatry because of the Christian deification of Jesus, Christians are not allowed to become Noachides. Is this appropriate and/or fair? Christians certainly don't view themselves as idolators. Since there are a growing number of Christian Zionists who do not proselytize Jews because they respect all of the valid covenants of the Hebrew Scriptures, should there be a separate Christian Noachide sect for them? That will be the main thrust of information communicated through this "Yahoo" discussion group. If you would like to join, please click on the following link: Click to subscribe to Christian Noachides