The Noahic covenant is the go-to guy for “neutral ground” theologians. I see several problems with thinking that this is a separate neutral covenant that unbelievers can use to bypass the rest of the Bible.
- To even get off the ground one has to appeal to the Bible (Noahic covenant). One of the stipulations in this covenant is the death penalty. Which unbeliever is going to a) accept an appeal to Scripture as an ethical norm and b) agree to the death penalty?
- Much of the covenant is Yahweh’s response to Noah’s burnt offering (better translated as ascension offering). The very covenant presupposes a liturgical action! This isn’t neutrality.