Some Crucial Facts concerning the Ten Commandments and the Seven Laws of Noah
—> According to Jewish Rabbinical legend, the Seven Laws of Noah
were given to Noah and his family of three sons- Shem, Japheth, and Ham
immediately after the Great Flood ended in 2105 B.C. However, the
primary text for this story, the Book of Genesis, makes absolutely no
mention of these Seven Laws except for the general prohibition against
murder and the drinking of any blood.
—> Keep in mind the alleged author of Genesis happens Moses, who
is said to have personally received the Ten Commandments from God while
atop Mt. Sinai. Therefore to suggest that the 10 Commandments was simply
an updated, modified, or extended version of the ancient Seven laws of
Noah also given to Noah by God, seems highly implausible. Logically
speaking, there seems little to no reason to believe Moses would have
failed to mention these Seven Noahide laws, if they in fact, they ever
existed, and especially if God himself had mentioned them to Noah.
—> Historically speaking, the Seven Laws of Noah have been a
basically Jewish concept seldom taken into consideration by the
Christian Church. The oldest known source documenting the Seven Laws of
Noah is the Jewish Talmud, a post-Christian set of texts, written at
least 100 years after Christianity had been established. In contrast,
there is far more evidence attesting to the ancient origins of the Ten
Commandments, while the sources documenting the Noahide Laws are either
scant or nonexistent
.—> From the very beginning of Christianity, the
Church has taught that the Ten Commandments of Moses, brought down from
Mt. Sinai and written with the very ‘finger of God’, are eternal laws of
God which all Christians are expected to obey or face punishment both
in this life and the next. Jesus Christ mentions nearly all the Ten
Commandments in the Gospels and reaffirms the need for believers to
follow and obey them at all times. There is no direct mention of the
Seven Laws of Noah in either the Old or New Testament.
—> When it comes to the Seven Laws of Noah, some Jewish and
Christian scholars believe there is evidence that the founding fathers
of the Christian Church, most of whom knew Jesus personally, used them
as a basis for deciding that Gentile Christians must be circumcised and
follow the Laws of the Torah. One source notes the following: ‘On the
initiative of Peter, and of James, the head of the Jerusalem church, it
was agreed that acceptance of the Noachian Laws…should be demanded of
the heathen desirous of entering the Church’ (Jewish Encyclopedia, New
Testament). Keep in mind this understanding of the relationship between
Christianity and the Seven Laws of Noah is still a subject of debate
—> On the other hand, the validity of the Ten Commandments has
never been a subject of dispute among the vast majority of Christian
religious authorities. One of the major sections of the Catechism of the
Catholic Church is dedicated exclusively to listing, explaining, and
interpreting the Ten Commandments as it relates to the Christian faith
of today. Most Protestant Churches believe likewise.
+ The Judeo/Christian Ten Commandments in Simple English +
1. YHVH is the LORD your God. You will have no other gods but Him.
2. You will not use the name of the LORD in vain.
3. You will honor the Sabbath day.
4. You will honor your father and your mother.
5. You will not kill.
6. You will not commit adultery.
7. You will not steal.
8. You will not lie.
9. You will not envy another man’s wife.
10. You will not envy another man’s property.
- Established by God in 1313 B.C.
+ The Judeo/Christian Seven Laws of Noah in Simple English +
1) You will not commit Idolatry
2) You will not commit Blasphemy
3) You will not commit Sexual Perversion
4) You wiil not commit Murder
5) You will not commit Theft
6) You will not commit Animal Cruelty
7) You will establish Courts to Enforce these Laws
- Established by God in 2105 B.C.
CONCLUSION: The Seven Laws of Noah are indeed righteous, God-given
rules which all mankind should read, learn, study and obey and this
means all Christian believers as well. However, by both tradition and
Scripture, the Ten Commandments are a fundamental aspect of Christianity
which should be both taught and revered among all Christian believers
starting from the earliest ages. Moses, not Noah, is the preferred Rabbi
to use for any sort of traditional Christian instruction. Also,
Christians who take their Bible studies seriously should feel rest
assured that, contrary to some believers, many of them hysterical,
Jew-hating fanatics, the Seven Laws of Noah are completely compatible
with the Christian faith as it has been known since the earliest years
of the Church. The Jewish desire to promote the Seven Noahide Laws among
non-believers is sincere and has absolutely no ‘hidden’ anti-Christian
motivations. Finally, an additional list of the Seven Laws of Noah have
been included below along with the corresponding law found in the 10
Commandments written in parenthesis to the right. This easy reference
tool clearly shows all the direct correlations between the the Ten
Commandments and the Seven Laws:
Law of Noah (Commandment of God)
1. Idolatry (#1- worship of other gods, #3- Dishonoring the Sabbath day, #10- Envy another’s goods)
2. Blasphemy (#2- Using God’s Name in vain, #4- Dishonoring parents, #8- Lying)
3. Sexual Perversion (#6- Adultery, #9- Envy another’s wife)
4. Murder (#5- Murder)
5. Theft (#7- Stealing)
6. Animal Cruelty (#7- Harming God’s creatures is theft)
7. Establish Courts to Enforce these Laws (#8- Determines truth from lies)
God bless Noah, God bless Moses, and may God bless you all. Shalom.