Seven Laws for Universal Humanity


One G-D   (Creator of Time, Heaven and Earth)

Acknowledgment of One Almighty Timeless Creator (G-D). As well as not giving credibility to any other natural or unnatural entity, idol or phenomena, even if there is an illusion of creative, supernatural or magical powers. G-D stands alone, no partners.



Blasphemy of G-D's name is forbidden   (Innuendoes and insults of all types are included)

Not to take any of G-D's various names in vain. Not to use one of G-D's names in any disrespectful fashion or out of context. Absolute respect for G-d is required. Fear of G-D has a very close interrelationship with this law and concept.



Do not murder

Mankind is G-d's most precious creation. Both body and soul are created in His image. The act of murder includes the intentional killing of a human being, suicide, and by most scholarly opinions, aborting a fetus after a 40 day period of gestation except to save the mother's life. The act of killing for self defense at any time or during times of war is not included in the prohibition against murder.



Immoral sexual acts are forbidden

Sexual relations are forbidden with certain relatives. This includes a son with a mother (even if his birth was a result of rape or seduction), a daughter with a father, a son with a father, a father with a daughter or a son with his father's sister or a mother's sister. Other totally forbidden relationships include a man with another man's wife, a man with another man (homosexual relations), rape, and any person whether male or female with an animal. Lesbianism is considered an immoral and unnatural relationship (though not stated as forbidden) that destroys the order of the world. Prostitution goes under the same category (not strictly forbidden according to the law) but is outside the realm of morality and violates the spirit of the Seven Universal Laws of Noah. Homosexual marriage is an abomination.



Do not steal

Theft is punishable regardless of whether the act was secretive or public. The courts will deal with revealed, known law-breakers. Secretive theft will ultimately be punished by the Hand of Heaven. Stealing includes any amount of money or material goods, large or small, even the insignificant. Intellectual property such as music, books, formulas, programs and photographs is owned by the copyright, trademark or patent holder. Kidnapping is a form of theft. False weights and measures, over-charging, misrepresentation and lying are all forms of stealing. A dispute or the injuring of another person carries a liability that must be paid. Trespassing is a form of theft as well as the moving of landmarks on property. Not paying wages due to a worker according to agreed upon terms is a form of theft, as well as the failure to return a borrowed object. Dealing in stolen property falls into this category. An insidious form of theft is environmental pollution and destruction of the natural world, as well as quality of life issues. This includes the damaging of air, water, sight (offensive eyesores) and sound (decibel increases). Toxic chemical and/or radioactive level increases in the environmentis a form of theft and may lead to the killing and/or damaging the health and well-being of the resident population...



Creation of a just judicial system

The establishment of courts of law to institute justice, truth, righteousness and morality over society is an essential institution. The primary job of the court system is to uphold the Seven Laws of Noah as well as to establish a police force and army as needed. A judge in the Noahide court system should have as much of these seven qualities as possible given the society of the day: 1) wisdom, 2) humility, 3) fear of Heaven, 4) fear of sin, 5) contempt of ill-gotten money, property, or gain, 6) love of truth and 7) beloved by his fellow men as well as an excellent reputation. The judicial system of any country is a branch of the government. In a democratic society where judges are either elected by the people or appointed by elected government officials, each voting citizen needs to really consider, based on the Seven Laws of Noah, "who would G-d vote for?" An important quote to ponder: Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel says: "The world endures on three things - justice, truth, and peace, as it is said: 'Truth and the verdict of peace, you are to adjudicate in your gates.'"



Do not eat the flesh of an animal while it is still alive(added after the Flood)

Most authorities agree that this commandment was given by G-D to Noah and all of his descendants after the Flood(Mabul). The reason for this is because human beings were vegetarians before the Flood and for the act of saving the land animals, G-D gave us the right to consume them as well as to give us nutritional strength. The law states that an animal must be completely dead before any of its flesh can be consumed. If the flesh was taken while the animal was alive, that meat is forbidden forever, even after the animal dies.