Our characters are defined by the morality we hold. I was raised as a Roman Catholic; church, school and Sunday school as well as being an altar boy. On top of this my parents were pushing me into the Catholic Priesthood (gently, but it was obvious from an early age they would have like it to be so). So for a very long time I pushed back, rebelled. I wasn’t a believer.
But over the last few years, perhaps its age or perhaps its experience, I don’t know I have changed my mind. I put it down to the Physicist Dr. Brian Cox. His TV programs are entertaining, its true, but when the question of where life began, where the universe come from is asked there is a deadly silence. The scientists get to the point just after creation but no further back no matter how fast they run their large hadron collider. So you could say that it is the fault of logic that has led me back to a path of belief.
Nonetheless I just cant square the New Testament with my beliefs, the Old Testament (the Torah & Talmud) come the closest. So what rules do I live by? Well laid out below are what I consider the truly universal rules that I try, but sometime fail to live by.
The 7 Noahide Laws are considered a sacred inheritance of the children of Noah, that every person on the face of the earth can use as the basis of his or her spiritual, moral and pragmatic life. If enough of us will begin to incorporate these laws into our lives, we will see a different world very soon. Sooner than we can imagine.
Rule 1: One G-d
There is only 1 supreme being, do not replace with idols (either self or others, real or made). The command is concerned with prayer, study and meditation.
Rule 2: Respect the Creator
When you are frustrated and angry it is easy to utter words that blame the maker. You may not mean them literally but they should be avoided. However, this is the one rule I probably break the most, its my weakness on which I work daily. It is worth remembering that evil is committed by mankind alone, it is not our place to misplace blame onto the creator.
Rule 3: Respect Human Life
Quite an obvious one really. To destroy life is to destroy a world, to save a life is to save a world. Life essentially is sacred. But also added to this sentiment I add that you should seek to help others, to not destroy and to save wherever possible.
Rule 4: Marriage is Divine
Marriage is as G-d intended. We were not created to live alone, we should be with another. Some might say this should be limited to man and woman but I suggest that man and man or woman and woman is equally valid. Especially when viewed in the light of rule 3. Do not feel bound by the limits of others, love who you feel you want to love.
Rule 5: Respect the Property and Rights of Others
I will always try my hardest to be honest in my dealings. I do not steal and do not connive advantage where all can not get a win. The rights of others means that you may have to accept that others live their lives not as you would, and they may even offend you, but you must respect their rights. This does not mean you must accept your rights have been offended, you have rights too and you must respect your own rights.
Rule 6: Respect for All the Creatures
Never should you seek to cause unnecessary suffering to a creature of the land, air or water. We live in concert with the land and the creatures thereon. The planet give us a home, a place to exist and we should cherish this gift and those that dwell with us. It is not ours to destroy, it is ours to enjoy.
Rule 7: Maintain Justice
When we right wrongs we are working in partnership with creation and maintaining society.
These are the rules I try to live by, they are Jewish in essence and form part of the 613 Mitzvot.
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