The members of that group snatch up all the available rentals.” “Really? If the testimony is accurate , has all the characteristics of a cult: late-night brainwashing, a charismatic leader, large charitable “contributions,” gradual initiation into an inner circle, secrecy, and ostracism of members who leave.
The text not only offers traditions and ways of thinking, but it also reveals the reality of God.One of the first Jewish philosophers, Philo of Alexandria (20BCE-40), said that Abraham knew the essential Torah, before it was given, because Abraham was himself a philosopher: he observed the world around him and looked inside himself to discover the laws of nature.While this is not strictly speaking a mystical notion, it does introduce the idea of an inner Torah that underlies the written word.These seven laws are the pillars of human civilization, and are named the "Seven Laws of Noah," since all humans are descended from Noah. As well, when King Solomon built the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, he specifically asked God to heed the prayer of non-Jews who come to the Temple (1-Kings -43).Alas, many have forgotten these in the passage of time. The Temple was the universal center of spirituality, which the prophet Isaiah referred to as a "house for all nations." Non-Jews were welcome to bring offerings to the Temple as well.