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DISCLAIMER: Questions on Jewish Law (Halacha), I will try to answer to the best of my ability. Note that my understanding may not be accurate nor be the final word on asked topic. One should consult an Orthodox Rabbi before drawing any conclusions.
My opinion? Well, Judaism does not seek converts. A non-Jew can also live a good life and merit Olam Habo (the next world) by being a good non-Jew. He doesn’t have to become Jewish.
However those who do sincerely convert, are welcomed in the Jewish People like any other Jew. These converts, or geirim, are even considered to be on a higher spiritual level than the regular born-Jew.
But one has to be sincere. A (potential-)convert has to realize that after the immersion in the mikvah… there is no way back. Once a Jew, always a Jew. It isn’t always easy to be a Jew. It is an awesome responsibility that we carry on our shoulders. Antisemites often say how everything bad in the world comes from the Jews. And well, in a way they are right. Whenever we violate the Torah, it has a negative effect on the world. But the same thing goes for whenever a Yid does mitzvos. By doing mitzvos we elevate the world and spread holiness in it.
Unfortunately there are many (and with many, I mean… MANY) geirim who after a while fell back into their old lifestyles. Now, for a born-Jew it is one thing to fall back into a secular-lifestyle (not to say it’s good; not at all). But for a geir it is a totally different story.
The born-Jew was born in G-d’s covenant with Avrohom Avinu, he had no choice in it. But a non-Jew who became Jewish’ chose himself to join the Jewish people and accept this covenant. For him to reject it afterwards is much worse. One can better be/remain a good non-Jew than a ‘bad’ Jew.
But again, if someone is sincere and continues to live a Torah-lifestyle he is fully accepted, and often even admired by the rest of the Jewish people.
B”H I am privileged to know several of these kind of converts and count them as my friends.
May, in their merit, moshiach come speedily in our days!