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The following is the opinion of Victor Porton's from his book End of Gospel:

Much of Hebrew Bible is dedicated to consideration of people choosing to worship either to Yahweh (that is God) or to Baal. These who serve Yahweh are blessed, these who serve Baal are cursed.

Yahweh is the creator of the Universe. But who is Baal? "Baal" literally translated is just "owner".

Yahweh created people to be agricultural robots (Gen. 1:15) "Yahweh God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it." (You may say that people are not robots because they have soul. I suppose that what is known as soul is just eternal warranty for the robots.)

Both Adam and Eve have fallen (became broken robots).

Now to our issue, who is Baal? The answer is: Baal is the entity for whom Yahweh created the robots to serve him.

After the fall it became useless to attempt to serve Baal because the robots were broken. Yahweh in turn requires us to serve Him in order for us to be repaired (“saved” in evangelical terminology). Moreover Yahweh changed our purpose to serve Him becoming His children, not to Baal anymore.

Hebrew Bible insist that we must serve Yahweh and not serve Baal.

Now to the New Testament. (1Cor. 6:19-20) "19 Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s." In New Testament we are slaves of Christ. He has bought us from the former Baal, to make children of God from us.

We trinitarians believe that Christ is Yahweh (Son, the second person of God). Now also our Baal (the owner) is Christ.

The word "Baal" also can be translated as "husband" and Christ is called the husband of the Church in New Testament. So it is again confirmed that Christ is the Baal in New Testament.

In New Testament Christ is both Yahweh and Baal. So in New Testament we served to both Yahweh and Baal and both blessing of these who serve Yahweh and cursing of these who serve Baal were on us.

How to deal away with serving Baal not ceasing to serve Yahweh (Christ)?

The answer is: "Serving Baal" means slavery. If we serve Christ as slaves, we serve Baal. If we serve Christ as His friends not slaves, we serve Yahweh. The word "Baal" should be understood as "slavery". Every time the word "Baal" is used in Hebrew Bible, it signifies a mention of slavery (not freedom).

The correct answer is that we should cease to be slaves of Christ and become His friends.

Well, Christ is truth ((Jn. 14:6) "… I am … the truth") and Christ is wisdom ((1Cor. 1:24) "Christ is … the wisdom of God."). How we can be slaves of truth or slaves of wisdom? Being slaves of wisdom means to blindly follow wise principles not understanding what they are for, likewise being slaves of truth.

I call you to adapt the teaching of the End of Gospel to become free, not slaves of Christ anymore but His friends, so serving Yahweh only and not to Baal. Know the truth which sets free from slavery and makes us friends of God.