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by | Aug 1, 2019 | Bankruptcy Articles

The core message of the gospel of Jesus Christ is redemption.

In Old Testament times, The Lord provided for individuals to be forgiven of their debt every seven years. Our Founding Fathers felt that the right to file bankruptcy was so important that they included it in our Constitution. This is no surprise because our whole Western Culture is founded on our Judeo-Christian heritage, including this gift of temporal grace.

Of course, we should all strive to pay our debts. (Leviticus 25:39; Psalms 37:21). Anyone who intentionally borrows money without the intent to repay violates the eighth commandment to not steal. (Exodus 20:15). However, God knows that humans often face temporary misfortune, so he structured his laws accordingly. He often uses natural events and phenomena as types for eternal principles. So, experiencing temporal grace through the forgiveness of financial debt points us to seeking spiritual grace through the forgiveness of our sins.

Forgiveness and Debt

Old Torah ScrollAccordingly, during Old Testament times, God established regular periods when all temporal debts were forgiven. These times were called the sabbatical and Jubilee years. Every seventh year was deemed a sabbath or sabbatical year when all debts of every kind were forgiven and slaves were freed to return to their families. (Deuteronomy 15:1-2, 12-13). Notice the tie between the temporal and the spiritual? To underscore the eternal nature of this principle, after a sabbath of sabbatical years (7 X 7years = 49years) the next year was designated a Jubilee year beginning on the Day of Atonement, when again all debts were forgiven. (Leviticus 25:8-33; 27: 17-24; Ezekiel 46:17). The practice of the sabbatical year and the forgiveness of debt was reemphasized after the Jews returned from Babylon, demonstrating the importance of this principle. (Nehemiah 10:31).

Moses declared that even when the sabbatical year approached, they should still generously loan money to the poor even though it would most likely be forgiven. (Deuteronomy 15:7-10). This demonstrates that, to God, some principles are of higher importance than the repayment of debt, such as teaching compassion and preserving the family unit.

Compassion for those in need was a major theme of Jesus’s teachings. He taught that we should forgive in order to be forgiven (Luke 6:37; lend to those in need even when there is little hope of repayment (Matthew 5:42; Luke 6:34-35); God lets the rain fall on the just and the unjust (Mark 10:25); and he drove the greedy money changers out of the temple (Matthew 21;:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46; and John 2:14-17). God knew that all humans will suffer misfortune, set-backs and challenges in mortality, so he wanted to help us escape these dire circumstances and get a fresh start. But, more importantly, he wanted to use these experiences as tools to teach us even more important eternal truths. Again, God teaches us compassion and mercy in temporal affairs in order to help direct our minds to see the more important principle of God’s love, as expressed through his grace.

The Right to Declare Bankruptcy

This concept of the balance between justice and mercy and the overarching importance of God’s love, became the foundation of our Western Culture. It is no wonder then, that the founding fathers included the right to declare bankruptcy in the U.S. Constitution. It is interesting that our bankruptcy laws continue to respect the concept of the sabbatical year and allow individuals to file bankruptcy every seven years.

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