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Video Lesson 1: Religious Responsibility in Noahidism
There are some essential aspects of the Seven Noahide Commandments which carry liability to capital punishment if they are transgressed, as a Divine decree. “ Their warning is considered their liability to death,” meaning that as soon as an adult becomes aware that one of these particular actions is prohibited, from that point on, if he willfully transgresses it, he will become liable to death in the judgment of God.
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I understood here that we should obligate ourselves to search in what is correct to do!
In the story from the Book of Kings about Naaman and Elisha, R. Weiner does not mention whether Naaman will be put to death if he refuses to bend down with his king before the idol. I assume this is the case. But how much certainty about an ensuing death does a non-Jew need in order to break a commandment in order to possibly save his life?
Could it not be whether he may possible just lose his job as minister or be thrown in jail? Would these constitute reasons enough to break the commandment? In any case, is it not true that a non-Jew is not liable for performing Avodat Zara if he is doing it as a servant for his master? In any case, if he does not accept the idol as a deity he is not liable, right?
Also, can he not bend down facing a different direction and evade the problem altogether, in the same way as one can bend down to pick up something before an idol if he does so in a way which can not be construed as bowing down to it?
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