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Judaism Myth #4: 

The murder of 6,000,000 Jews in the Holocaust may be evidence that God is dead.

 

In coming to terms with the horrific tragedy of the systematic extermination of human life during the Holocaust, Jewish theologians came to ponder the unthinkable: Could the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob be dead?  Jews were not alone in wondering how a God of mercy and righteousness could have allowed such a horrendous loss of life to have occurred.  How could an omniscient and omnipotent God permit such a huge multitude of His people to be forsaken so mercilessly?  Because the magnitude of the Holocaust, for many Jews, the usual explanations of why bad things happen to good people simply did not suffice.  Thus, the notion that God Himself may have died became a plausible explanation in the minds of even influential Jewish theologians.  No one knows how many Jews became atheists after the Holocaust.

As difficult as it may be for some to imagine, God is very much alive and present in our world today as He was during the Holocaust.  Essential to understanding why it is so unthinkable that God would have allowed such a tragedy to occur is the fundamental relationship or covenant that the Jews have with God.  To the Jewish people, God is much more than simply the "Creator of the Universe" or an impersonal higher being.  For the Jewish people, God is their parent in every sense of the word-- their protector, their provider and the source of life, peace, justice, purpose, love, lineage, harmony, happiness and everything good that makes life worth living.

So the question becomes, how can a loving parent sit back and do nothing while witnessing the systematic extermination of his children, hundreds at a time, until the toll reached into the millions?  It is only possible to understand the answer to such a difficult question by methodically examining the central role of the Jews as chosen people in God's Providence from a new perspective.  Without understanding the providential purpose for which Israel came into being as God's chosen nation and its corresponding dispensational responsibility, it is impossible to understand the underlying significance and meaning of the Holocaust and why God was unable to prevent it.  This explanation will be provided in the explanation to Judaism Myth #5.

 

 

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