Need for common ground

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People of faith find many ways to disagree among each other but there needs to be true common ground if we are to truly do G-D’s work.  These would be basic principals that set the ground rules for any discussion, debate or even argument.  Rules that even those who aren’t traditional in any other will follow and impart to others. Most important these rules  if enforced will stop the killings of innocent Christian in Nigeria, kidnappings of Jews in Israel and the slaughter of Muslims in Iraq.   They need to have a foundation that all can agree on that is based on a  common ancestry. Therefore let’s start with the Noahide laws (below) and few we could add.  We could also start with the 10 commandments either way once we formulate these rules let’s publish, promote, and proselytize those of faith to commit their life and soul to them.

HE 7 LAWS

1
Acknowledge that there is only one G-d who is Infinite and Supreme above all things. Do not replace that Supreme Being with finite idols, be it yourself, or other beings. This command includes such acts as prayer, study and meditation. That G-D is the creator of all life and we therefore must respect and love all his creations.

2
Respect the Creator. As frustrated and angry as you may be, do not vent it by cursing your Maker.

3
Respect human life. Every human being is an entire world. To save a life is to save that entire world. To destroy a life is to destroy an entire world. To help others live is a corollary of this principle.

4
Respect the institution of marriage. Marriage is a most Divine act. The marriage of a man and a woman is a reflection of the oneness of G-d and His creation. Disloyalty in marriage is an assault on that oneness.

5
Respect the rights and property of others. Be honest in all your business dealings. By relying on G-d rather than on our own conniving, we express our trust in Him as the Provider of Life.

6
Respect G-d’s creatures. At first, Man was forbidden to consume meat. After the Great Flood, he was permitted – but with a warning: Do not cause unnecessary suffering to any creature.

7
Maintain justice. Justice is G-d’s business, but we are given the charge to lay down necessary laws and enforce them whenever we can. When we right the wrongs of society, we are acting as partners in the act of sustaining the creation.

I would add

(1) Do unto others as you want done unto you.

(2) Faith must come from the heart and soul and never imposed by the sword.

 

 

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