by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths
What happens to gentile babies? Are we taught the 7 Noahide Laws before we are born?
The teaching of the angel tapping babies on the lip is allegorical. This means that, although the lesson is certainly true, we do not take the image literally. It is not a literal description of what happens to the baby in the womb.
The literal teaching is that all human beings have within them the deep-seated, instinctive knowledge of right and wrong. People do not have to be told not to murder in order to know that it is wrong to take another person’s life. However, when a child comes into the world, a selfish, animal nature also comes with him. This animal nature clouds over his ability to reason; it is demanding and self serving. A completely selfish person, might very well murder someone in order to get what he wants![i]
Every person in the world is made in the image of G-d, and we are all given free will. We can act like the One in Whose image we have been created, or we can act like the animal inclination that comes into the world with us.
So, the answer to your question is, “Yes.” The gentile knows from the womb that it is wrong to break the laws of decency, but after he is born, and his personal animal nature screams at him, he forgets. He has to be taught again: Do not worship an idol. Do not debase G-d’s name. Do not murder, steal, or commit adultery. Live justly, and do not eat a live animal.
When the gentile remembers his higher nature, and he fulfills these basic laws, he lives a holy life in this world, and he has a share in the Next World, too.
[i] Gensis 4:1
Monday, May 03, 2010
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