Posted by: thebylog | May 27, 2004

Was God the cause of the Holocaust? If yes, how can we believe in a God who would allow it? If no, are you saying He just stood by and let it happen? He could’ve but didn’t stop it?

What about free will? God couldn’t violate His free will, so that’s why He stood by and didn’t intervene? Well, does God, or doesn’t God sometimes intervene with humanity? And if He does, why of all times did He not during the Holocaust?

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  1. Someone suggested to me that maybe the Holocaust had something to do with the Jews’ cry before Christ’s crucifixion: “His blood be on us and on our children.” ???

    Crystal

  2. I’m not sure I agree with that suggestion, Crystal. That’s the children being punished for the parent’s sin. While children certainly suffer for the parent’s sin, they aren’t punished for another’s sin. I hope not anyway. We nonJews, ourselves, bear the blood of Jesus on our hands when we reject and turn away. I think there might even be an element of anti Semitism to that suggestion. I’m quite sure, anyway, that some would interpret it that way.

    Your philosophical questions, By, are age old ones as all around us horrible things are committed against women and children and ethnic purges and religious atrocities in various parts of the world even now. We’re pretty safe in our little religious cocoons, but it’s a different world just a few steps away many times with unspeakable horrors.

  3. I’m not sure I agree with that suggestion, Crystal. That’s the children being punished for the parent’s sin. While children certainly suffer for the parent’s sin, they aren’t punished for another’s sin. I hope not anyway. We nonJews, ourselves, bear the blood of Jesus on our hands when we reject and turn away. I think there might even be an element of anti Semitism to that suggestion. I’m quite sure, anyway, that some would interpret it that way.

    Your philosophical questions, By, are age old ones as all around us horrible things are committed against women and children and ethnic purges and religious atrocities in various parts of the world even now. We’re pretty safe in our little religious cocoons, but it’s a different world just a few steps away many times with unspeakable horrors.

  4. You don’t really want answers to those guestions, do you? Surely you can just trust that God knew best and did only what was part of His will.
    Lauren

  5. You don’t really want answers to those guestions, do you? Surely you can just trust that God knew best and did only what was part of His will.
    Lauren

  6. Lauren, chalking up hard questions to “God knows best” works for Christians who have grown up believing, but it’s pretty weak to a skeptic. I think it’s very important to face hard questions. I want to be in pursuit of the truth, whatever it is.


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