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How did (do) non-Jewish people

become "righteous" before God

in Biblical times and today,

according to Jewish Law?


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Biblical Question:

How did (do) non-Jewish people become "righteous" before God in Biblical times

and today, according to Jewish Law?

Rick from Colorado asks:

Dear Pastor Reuben,

    I have been told by some Jewish people that I as a Gentile can become righteous to and before God without keeping the Jewish Law (613 Commandments).  What really are they talking about?  How can a Gentile become righteous before God?  Is Jewish Law seen as the way or is there another according to Jewish Law?


I appreciate your help. 

Pastor Reuben's Answer:

Dear Rick, shalom,

The Seven Noahide Laws

   According to rabbinic tradition, non-Jews are obligated to abide by seven basic laws, called Noahide Laws, which are  based on chapter nine of Genesis. Judaism never expected anyone but Jews to abide by all the laws of the Torah (5 books of Moses), but it did expect all human beings to live by elementary  moral precepts.   The 7 Laws are:

  1.  To behave equitably in all relationships, & to establish courts of justice.
  2.  To refrain from blaspheming God's name.
  3.  To refrain from practicing idolatry.
  4.  To avoid immoral practices, specifically incest.
  5.  To avoid shedding the blood of one's fellow man.
  6.  To refrain from robbing one's fellow man.
  7.  To refrain from eating a limb torn from a live animal.

   A Gentile who observes these is considered a righteous  person (Chassid), & as such is assured a place in the world- to-come, just as any observant Jew who abides by all 613 precepts of the Torah .   Gentiles can become righteous.

   Of course this is not the Biblical way, which is seen as only possible through acceptance of the Messiah's way by all people, Jew and Gentile (non-Jewish).  I believe such way to 'eternal life' with God, in the world-to-come, is only by faith in the Messiah Jesus. On the basis of Jewish Scripture (the Bible) and historical facts, Yeshua (Jesus) is this expected anointed one from God, the " ONLY " Messiah, Redeemer, Savior.     Romans 1:16-17

What is born from the flesh is flesh, and what is born from the Spirit is spirit. 

Stop being amazed at my telling you that you must be born again from above! 

The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from

or where it’s going. That’s how it is with everyone who has been born from the Spirit.”

Nakdimon replied, “How can this happen?”  Yeshua answered him, “You hold the office of teacher

in Isra’el, and you don’t know this?  Yes, indeed! I tell you that what we speak about, we know;

and what we give evidence of, we have seen; but you people don’t accept our evidence! 

If you people don’t believe me when I tell you about the things of the world, how will you believe

me when I tell you about the things of heaven? No one has gone up into heaven; there is only

the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.  Just as Moshe lifted up the serpent

in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up;  so that everyone who trusts in him

may have eternal life. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only and unique Son, so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but rather so that through him, the world might be saved.  John 3:6-17

God bless you,


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