The subject of conversions is never painless, especially for the converts. Those who made it through the process usually have no fond memories of it; and, as quickly as possible, they try to forget it altogether and hope everyone else does as well. It’s a humiliating procedure, seemingly designed by the religious leaders to discourage anyone who tries to join the Chosen Family from doing so easily, regardless of motivation.
Able to see things from both sides of the advent; I believe I have earned the authority to pronounce judgment on the current system: it is unrighteous. The process totally ignores the spirituality and concentrates only on the traditions. It’s entirely possible, probable even, for a person to go through the conversion process without learning anything about the God of Israel. My question is, ‘Why would I need to know any traditions to become Jewish?? Should not being a Chosen Person start and end with the love of God?
Let me introduce you to the only righteous method of conversion: the LCD conversion.
LCD are letters recognizable from our math days in school when we learned to deal with fractions. The math teachers always try to explain how important such concepts are for life, and now I know why. If you have a lot of fractions with different denominators (the number below the line), the only way to add them together is to establish a common denominator. Once done, the numerators (the number above the line) can be adjusted and easily added together. In applying this simplistic logic to the concept of conversion, it makes sense to me to find a common denominator for all converts that would allow for a righteous conversion and an effortless absorption into the Israeli community.
The LCD principal, when applied to converts is this: (Deuteronomy 10:12-13) And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?
This was said to Israel, the folk, ergo to the aspiring convert as well. To become a folk of Israel, it is necessary to experience the circumcision of the heart: (Deuteronomy 10:16) Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked. This step is actually necessary for all, Jewish or not, who wish to know and follow God. The cutting of the foreskin of the heart happens when one earnestly seeks for God, and finds him. (Jeremiah 29:13) And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. This step makes you one of God’s people. The instruction God gives for that person’s life is simple: (Deuteronomy 4:2) Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
That’s it. This is how a righteous conversion to a righteous life is accomplished. Nothing about traditions. The convert is to know God, then live his faith by living the written laws, not adding to them nor taking away from them, as applicable. For example, the laws of the temple service and priestly duties and sacrifices do not apply to converts because there is no temple and they are not temple servants or priests. And, no, ritual prayers did not take the place of temple sacrifices.
Let everyone who wants to convert to, what I call, The One Faith, do so by openly denying belief in any other god and declare loyalty to the God of Israel, and commit to live according to the written laws of God given to us in the Torah. (Deuteronomy 6:25) And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.
This is a painless and holy conversion, like Ruth experienced; and , as Ruth was accepted by the Jewish Folk as evidenced in the fact that she became the great-grandmother of King David, so should the convert’s potential be appreciated and valued.
If Ruth would have been stuck into the same system that functions today, we might never have seen or heard of David.
In a related matter, concerning the chosenness of our people, what exactly were we chosen to do? Simply put, according to the Torah, the simple, understandable Word of God, we are to circumcise our hearts (involves repenting for unbelief) and then live according to God’s written laws. God never asked anything more of us than that. Once we start doing so, our love will be established toward God, then towards our fellow Chosen Ones; and finally, we will then take our love of God and of His written laws into the world and allow others the opportunity to become Chosen of God as well. There is room for the entire world to join us. This is why we were chosen! We must share this love with the world. A Missionary of Chosenness. That this is the right thing to do is even indicated in Scripture: (Zechariah 8:23) Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt (tzitzit) of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.
In barely a thousand words, I have offered the most righteous conversion process possible. Once established on the solid denominator of The One Faith, the new Chosen Ones can join whatever Jewish religious group they want, or not. They can take on the intricacies of Halacha, or not. Even if they never move from the entrance-level denominator, they will have an eternally sure foundation, the one given by God Himself! And from God’s point of view, He requires nothing more than that. (DT 10.12-13 see above)
With love from my heart to yours