- Is Truth Available?
- Moshe Ben-Chaim
- Reader: I
have been reading avidly on MANY Jewish sites and am in the process
of questioning many of the beliefs that I was raised with. But
there is one question that I would like help with. I have read
much about the 7 Noahide Laws, but if one did not read the Talmud,
one would not readily find them. I believe that I have read six
of the seven can be found in Genesis 2:16-17 and the seventh
in chapter 9. But I do not understand how this could be fair.
What of the Gentile nations that for centuries did not have the
written or the oral Torah or Rabbis to help them out. What of
all the Indian tribes in the America's before Columbus or the
tribesmen in Papua New Guinea? How would they have found out
what the righteous requirements of the Law would be for in order
to be a righteous Gentile? If they were just "out of luck",
then I see little difference between this philosophy and the
concept that all that have not accepted Jesus go to Hell. Both
would consign whole groups of people to not having a part in
the Life Hereafter simply because they were not born in the right
place at the right time. Or, how would ANY Gentile learn of the
7 Laws unless they ask a Rabbi or read the Talmud and made it
to the Sanhedrin section (I hope that is correct- forgive me
if I am wrong)? If it were not for the Internet, I would not
have heard of them. There HAS to be some universal way that G-d
communicates to His creation of what He wants them to do and
what He expects, but not all have had access to the Torah or
Rabbis. I honestly am not trying to be contentious and hope someone
will respond. I have asked questions from other sites, but many
times feel like a "second class citizen" because I
am not Jewish. I love G-D and am searching and reading and praying
and feel in a spiritual crisis to some degree because of some
of the questions that I am looking at in my life. This particular
question has been bugging me though. Thank you in advance. Michael
- Mesora: God "universally"
wishes all mankind to study His wisdom, and to be attached to
nothing except truth of His existence, His works, His abilities,
and His justice. As Abraham proved, we all possess the intelligence
necessary for, and fully capable of, questioning any belief.
Abraham extricated himself from idolatry using his mind alone.
- However cherished and comfortable our
beliefs may be, intelligence offers absolute conviction, in contrast
to blindly-accepted rituals and notions inherited from our fathers,
which offer only belief and comfort with the "familiar".
However, belief tells us nothing about the true nature of things,
the world, or of God. It is a free-for-all system where comprehension
is absent, and thus, knowledge of what is true is impossible.
A system of belief raises one who is "devout", far
higher than one who questions with his mind. And even worse,
those who question their "belief" are chastised. The
majority of world population follows unproven, and dangerous
notions. If one would guide his business dealings with the same
blind fervor he employs with regards to his religious beliefs,
every man would be a pauper. "Believing" in a business
venture without careful analysis is stupid, and leads one to
poverty. The dichotomy between one's religious life, and all
his other affairs, is unfortunately, quite rampant. This very
dichotomy is addressed in the Haftora of Leviticus, Isaiah 43.
- The Bible - God's Torah - has been, and
remains, universally available. True, most cultures will have
to sift through many false religions and idolatrous notions until
they arrive at the Bible, God's Torah. But if a given individual
uses his intelligence, and is honest, he will arrive at the truth.
The Torah makes clear what is truth, and what is false. The process
of study under proper teachers illuminates one to a true method
of thinking, which with continued study, equips the new Torah
student with his own tools for independent analyses. So the identification
of God's system for all mankind, the singular truth, is readily
available, and by definition, has been for anyone who sought
- The fact that God did not give His Torah
until the year 2448 indicates that prior to the Torah, God was
still reachable through one's mind. Your argument that certain
cultures were bereft of any chance of realizing God's truths
is not altogether accurate. Again, Abraham displays what man
is capable of achieving - without Torah.
- Additionally, idolatrous cultures are
man-made. Suggesting an "unfair" situation for man,
as he is bereft of truth, was not God's doing, but man's. If
you have an argument, it should not be lodged against God for
keeping the truth unattainable - which it is not - but you should
reprimand idolatrous cultures for veering from a life of intelligence,
and misleading generations.
- Regarding the teachers of the Torah -
the Rabbis - I know of many including myself who have given of
their time, and remain available to teach Gentiles and Jews alike.
This is our obligation, and God's will, that Jews study Torah,
and teach it to all peoples. We just read in last weeks Torah
reading, that our upholding of the Torah should eventuate in
the world's admiration of God's relationship with the Jews, and
the beauty of His commands. Abraham, our founder, exemplified
more than any other, how far one must go to teach others of God's
wisdom. He sacrificed his life to do so.
- It is unfortunate that you received "second
class" treatment. This is absolutely wrong and against Torah.
Gentiles are created by God, just as Jews are. There is no room
in God's Torah for treating a righteous Gentile poorly.
- Once a Gentile studies Torah and its system
of perpetuation, he will understand who is a true Torah scholar,
and who can teach him how God desires all Gentiles to behave,
and what to know as their Noachide Laws.