Why would anyone obey and respect any law code, a ‘spiritual’ motivation, and its values that they do not believe is divinely revealed? We do it all the time. Consider the US Constitution and American law related to its principles.
There is no rational reason not to eat a lobster unless God told you not to. Lobsters aren't an endangered species; in fact, there's a surfeit of them at the moment. Nor are they bad for you. One may make the argument that killing them is wrong, but you can make the same argument about slaughtering cattle, and eating beef is not verboten. Now, I don't believe for a second that God told anyone not to eat lobster, or pork. So why shouldn't I eat it? Because the so-called "sages" decided, that if a Jew didn't keep kosher, he'd associate with those evil "goyim"; eat at their homes, eat at non-kosher restaurants, and God forbid, maybe marry one of them. Which I did. Twice.
It is on my bucket list to violate as many of the 613 "mitzvot" that I can, with the exception of those which don't apply to me (I'm not a Cohen), and those which are violations of civil law, such as murdering someone.
Comment by Dan Silagi — November 4, 2013 @ 2:25 PM