Rules to Live By

If you follow The Law you will find life.  If you don’t you will find death.

Law

THE ORIGINAL TITLE WAS “IT WILL DESTROY YOU…”, AND IF YOU DO HATE OR FEAR OR WORRY YOU WILL DIE A LITTLE WHILE YOU ARE STILL ALIVE, WHICH IS NOT WORTH IT.  IT IS BETTER TO BE BOLD AND RELAXED AND THOUGHTFUL AND LOVING.  AND A FEW MORE THINGS, I THINK.  I HAVE TROUBLE WITH THE FOLLOWING, BUT I AM TRYING.  I WILL ADD TO THIS OVER TIME…

  • If you are afraid of the world it will destroy you.  This is why you must fear G-d, because if you truly fear G-d you will fear no man.
  • If you worry it will destroy you because if you cannot relax you will not feel joy and you will be dead while you are living
  • If you are selfish it will destroy you, because if you care only about yourself you will be alone.  If you are alone your life will have no value.
  • If you hate it will destroy you.  The hate will come back and bite you.  We are all interconnected.  We are all mirrors for the other.  We are all one.  If you hate another you hate yourself.

I look above and the laws look incomplete.  They are just general principles for living.  I look at the Noahide laws (the seven laws that G-d gave to Noah after he landed on Mount Ararat) and  I put them here for comparison purposes.  They may help me expand the “general principles” for living I have above.

Chabad describes the seven Noahide Laws here.

“These are the Seven Noahide Laws, as enumerated in the Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 56a:

  1. carry out justice – An imperative to pursue and enforce social justice, and a prohibition of any miscarriage of justice.
  2. no blasphemy – Prohibits a curse directed at the Supreme Being.
  3. no idolatry – Prohibits the worship of any human or any created thing. Also prohibited is the making of idols and involvement with the occult. This necessitates an understanding of the One G-d of Israel and His nature.
  4. no illicit intercourse – Prohibits adultery, incest, homosexual intercourse and bestiality, according to Torah definitions.
  5. no homicide – Prohibits murder and suicide. Causing injury is also forbidden.
  6. no theft – Prohibits the wrongful taking of another’s goods.
  7. don’t eat a limb of a living creature – Promotes the kind treatment of animal life. It also encourages an appreciation for all kinds of life and respect for nature as G-d’s creation.”

But , honestly, the Noahide Laws seem incomplete.  There is nothing there about serving G-d, about realizing the divinity within yourself.  The Noahide Laws are all about keeping our savage natures in check.  And YES this is important.  We are savages.

I look to the ten commandments that G-d gave to Moses and the Jewish people.

  • 1) I am the L-rd your G-d…
  • 2) You shall have no other gods…
  • 3) Do not take G-d’s name in vain…
  • 4) Remember the Shabbat…
  • 5) Honor your father and your mother…
  • 6) Do not kill
  • 7) Do not commit adultery
  • 8) Do not steal
  • 9) Do not bear false witness…
  • 10) Do not covet… anything of your fellow’s

Chabad again shows how they can be paired into five commandments.

  • 1) I am the L-rd your G-d / Do not kill
  • 2) You shall have no other gods / Do not commit adultery
  • 3) Do not take G-d’s name in vain / Do not steal
  • 4) Remember the Shabbat / Do not bear false witness
  • 5) Honor your father and your mother / Do not covet anything of your fellow’s

This requires some more thinking on my part, which is good.  Confusion is good.  It makes us think.  Looking at the list the laws on the left have to do with our relationship with G-d.  The laws on the right have to do with our relationship with man.  This is telling us that our relationship with G-d and man is the same relationship.

We come into this world innocent, like Adam and Eve.  We are told how to behave and we do for a while.  And then we ask “Why?”  Why why why why why why why?  Adam/Eve abandonned the above rules, and through hate and loneliness, fear of life, selfishness and murder they found death.  And now they seek return.   These are the questions we need to ask and these are the answers we need to find on our own, and then when we have found them we will return to G-d.

Or we won’t.  It’s our own free will.

Over time I will return to this.

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