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No Form means No Form!

October 6, 2009

According to IsraelNN.com,  “The nascent Sanhedrin’s court for Noahides – Torah-believing non-Jews – held a ceremony this week in which four Gentiles declared their acceptance of the Seven Laws of Noah.”

The seven Laws of Noah are:

  1. Prohibition of Idolatry: You shall not have any idols before God.
  2. Prohibition of Murder: You shall not murder. (Genesis 9:6)
  3. Prohibition of Theft: You shall not steal.
  4. Prohibition of Sexual Promiscuity: You shall not commit any of a series of sexual prohibitions, which include adultery, incest, bestiality and male homosexual intercourse.
  5. Prohibition of Blasphemy: You shall not blaspheme God’s name.
  6. Dietary Law: Do not eat flesh taken from an animal while it is still alive. (Genesis 9:4)
  7. Requirement to have just Laws: You shall set up an effective judiciary to enforce the preceding six laws fairly.

The first law of Noah is against idolatry.  What is the primary definition of idolatry?  Well, according to Devarim 4:12 and following, it is worshipping a form of G-d.   In fact, we are told specifically in Devarim 4:12,

“Then the L-rd spoke to you from the midst of the fire; you heard the sound of words, but you saw no form–only a voice.”

But, G-d doesn’t leave us wondering WHY we never saw a form, He explains WHY:

“So watch yourselves carefully, since you did not see any form on the day Hashem spoke to you at Horeb from the midst of the fire, so that you do not act corruptly and make a graven image for yourselves in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the sky, the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water below the earth. “And beware not to lift up your eyes to heaven and see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, and be drawn away and worship them and serve them, those which Hashem your G-d has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven.” (Devarim 4:15-19)

G-d makes it very clear that the reason He did not take on any form when He spoke to us from the mountain was that we might worship that form.

Worshipping a “form” of G-d…

Hmmm….sounds familiar, doesn’t it?  Isn’t that EXACTLY what Christianity does?  In worshipping Jesus, Christians are worshipping a “form” of G-d, which is forbidden – its idolatry!

Therefore, it would stand to reason that a devoted and declared Christian cannot be considered a Ben/Bat Noach – a Noachide.  Yet, this week that’s exactly what the “Nascent Sanhedrin” did – they certified a born-again Christian as a Noahide, rendering the term virtually meaningless.

The new trend among Rabbis to accept Christians in Israel is creating an environment which is endangering Jewish souls.  Rabbis in this country and abroad must begin to stand up – against the temptations from money and other support – and draw some clear cut boundaries.  One cannot believe in Jesus and be “Jewish”, one cannot believe in Jesus and be a noahide, a believer in Jesus is a Christian and that is a choice made between them and their creator, but should not be supported by the Rabbinical leaders of our nation.

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