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How could a loving God allow the Holocaust to happen?
Welcome back, fellow humans.
I am a believer in keeping the human spirit alive even when faced with the worst suffering. However, I question about God and who God is? The powerful arguments from history, science, theology, sociology and personal experiences mentioned in the movie called God On Trial, concentrated on following questions that believers and nonbelievers have always wrestled with
How can there be so much suffering in the world?
What crime could justify a punishment like this?
Is free will a sin?
Why cannot he purify his people without killing them?
Who is to blame for the crimes?
How can evil exist in a universe ruled by a powerful God?
Who needs a God who suffers?
What is the nature of a God that can allow so much suffering?
Was the punishment proportionate?
Why did the Nazis thrive if God is just?
I do sense a presence, I do not know if it is God. It is difficult to comprehend such unconditional love and suffering as part of God’s plan to test our faith. Is there a possibility for God to suffer along with the prisoners? Is God manifested in the sacrificial love of the ones deceased in the concentration camps? Maybe, God wanted to save his people from this horrible fate but he could not or he would not interfere. Free-will enables humans to sin and suffer the consequences. The extent of human freedom is relative and uncertain. It is impossible to play the life game if it is devised to work against us?
Suffering and death are an integral and inevitable part of living. It is a mistake to assume that God is acting against an individual. Instead, God seeks for the most beautiful and purest of innocent souls as sacrifices for Israel. Hitler had figuratively substituted God for himself. Dehumanising Jews by stripping and robbing them of their dignity and scapegoating them for all the wrongdoings of the world. Was the holocaust proportionate to the Zionists, socialists, capitalists or anarchists Jews that broke the covenant by forgetting their Scriptures and disobeying God’s law?
We see the ordeals that Jesus went through, he felt the misery, the uncertainty, the regrets, the dismay and the frustration over the unjustness of God. What was just about the crucifixion? Jesus as a sacrifice for the people can offer answers to the questions asked. Humans want a God who ends suffering. Did Jesus make a difference and was it for better or worse? Is God guilty of breaking his covenant with the Jews? Is there a likelihood that God favoured the Nazis and made a new covenant with them? Amalekites were the enemies of the Israelites and God was on their side to wipe out the tribe. The Jews were now facing genocide and the Nazis will undergo a similar miserable fate when God deserts them too and so on and so forth. Possibly, the universe is godless, merciless tussle for survival. Perhaps, God is not fair and one-sided.