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What If a Gentile is Forced?

Updated: Dec 10, 2022

Warning: This sensitive topic speaks about murder and injury

Divine Code for December 6, 2022

Today: Pages 334

Part 2:6 -- 2:9

Although a Gentile is not obligated to sacrifice his life for the sanctification of G-d's Name (i.e. to avoid committing idolatry or one of the other capital sins prohibited by the Noahide commandments, at the cost of his life), it is permissible for him to do so, and this is not considered suicide. It appears that this applies even if he is being forced to transgress the commandment in private.

Likewise, if one is being forces through torture to transgress one of the Seven Noahide Commandments, and is unsure whether he will be capable to withstand the suffering, it is permissible for him to take his life so as not to transgress, and this is not considered suicide. This permission only applies to avoiding a transgression for which a Gentile would be liable to capital punishment in a Noahide court, if it were committed willfully.

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Sarah Bakker is a blog writer and illustrator for the Noahide Academy. After a difficult time, she found Judaism. She has been a Noahide for many years and uses her experiences and knowledge combined with her creative talents to help others.



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