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Were my home completely free and clear of any and all obligations related to it, I would keep the whole sale price-- minus real estate fees --were I to sell it.

However, I owe a balance on the credit line with our bank that's collateralized by my home's equity value. So; were I to sell my home, the line of credit would be paid off out of the sale before I would get any of it to use towards the purchase of another home. In other words: my obligation to the bank has the priority.

With that thought in mind; consider a Jewish man who has undergone circumcision the eighth day as required, and successfully completed Bar Mitzvah. From that point on he is obligated to comply with the covenant that Moses' people agreed upon with God on oath per Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

Now supposing that same Jewish man begins to have second thoughts about Judaism and thinks maybe he would like to try something else. Well; he is not at liberty to just up and walk away from the covenant; no, not when he is very likely indebted to it via one or more of the curses listed at Lev 26:14-39, Deut 27:15-26, and Deut 28:15-68. Those curses, just like my equity line, have to be fulfilled first before he can even surmise himself free to transfer his affections to another religion.

But that's not all. Even if that Jewish man managed to somehow settle accounts with all his accrued curses, he still can't walk away from the covenant because his association with it isn't something that can be canceled like membership in a trade union or a civic club. No, membership in the covenant is permanent, i.e. it's for life. (Deut 29:9-21)

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So then, before a Jewish man can sever his commitment to the covenant that Moses' people agreed upon with God on oath per Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy; he must first meet two prerequisites.

1 Pay his debts to the covenant, i.e. fulfill any and all curses that he accrued in accord with Lev 26:14-39, Deut 27:15-26, and Deut 28:15-68.

2 Undergo death.

However: in this hypothetical case; the man seeking termination is wanting to take up a new religion. How's he to that when he's dead, i.e. unless he somehow survives both the death and the curses?

Well; I can't speak for other religions, but if our hypothetical Jewish man is considering Christianity, then he's in luck because its lord and master has a solution for problems exactly like his.

Gal 4:4-5 . .When the right time came, God sent His son-- born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children.

In a nutshell; Christ's crucifixion meets both prerequisites: it simultaneously redeems the man's curses, and it puts him down. How so? Well; in some mysterious way that I've yet to fully understand; Christianity is a lethal religion, viz: Christ's followers are reckoned joined with him during his death on the cross.

Rom 6:3-11 . . Don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? . . For we know that our old self was crucified with him

Gal 2:20 . . I am crucified with Christ

Col 3:2-3 . . Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

FAQ: What's to be done about the man's new curses?

A: The Christian religion doesn't slam Christ's followers with curses for non compliance with God's commandments.

2Cor 5:19 . . God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself; not counting their trespasses against them.

The Greek word translated "counting" is logizomai (log-id'-zom-ahee) which means to take an inventory; i.e. an indictment.

John 5:24 . . I assure you: those who listen to my message, and believe in God who sent me, have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life. (cf. Jer 31:31-34

 

 

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