The non-religious view of a Noahide
Does being a Noahide mean that you are part of a religion? Depends how you define the words. I’ll just take one definition and run with it.
In one way, being a noahide has nothing to do with a faith system. It is simply what you are if you are not a Jew. It’s the same as saying “gentile” or “non-Jew.” When it says that the children of Noah were given seven commandments, that simply means that all humanity were given commandments, God commanded all of us. He later gave further commandments to Israel which set them apart, but the rest of the world still has 7 commandments to keep.
In this way, as a Noahide, a gentile, you have a choice: keep God’s commands or not. Today we have no court system that enforces the 7 commandments (so our governments have made their choice). This simply means that it is now the choice of individuals to choose God’s commands or not (the notion of “no courts, thus no Noahides” makes no sense).
It is still very much our responsibility, our duty, to learn our commandments and do them to the best of our ability, not simply for reward, but because we respect and honour the God who gave the commandments. And until the rest of the world embraces the responsibilities or the God, we can encourage others to live justly with decency and respect for one another, first by example and then rightly placed words.
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