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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

God in relation with the Holocaust?

I was heart broken when i saw of bunch of pictures of victims of the holocaust young innocent children and other people put to death in a cruel and inhuman way, i literally cried and I'm a 14 year old boy.

Why does GOD let this happen?

Why was it the Jews(and other groups) that were persecuted in such a horrible way?

If technically Jews are the chosen ones/GOD'S people then why were they persecuted through out history?

I dont get it



11 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    In dealing with the problem of evil in the world, we run into many problems like this one. Could God have prevented the Holocaust? Yes, He could have. He could also have prevented Stalin’s massacres in the U.S.S.R., the Spanish Inquisition’s torture of dissidents, and Nero’s reign of terror. In each case, God allowed evil men to exercise a certain amount of power for a short period of time.

    Ultimately, we do not know the reasons for what God allows. His ways and thoughts are infinitely higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). His sovereign plan takes in the whole scope of history, past, present, and future, encompassing every possible course of action, every cause and effect, every potentiality, and every contingency. There is no way we could possibly fathom the intricacies of His design. By faith, we trust that His plan is the best plan possible for restoring fallen humanity and a cursed world to righteousness and blessing.

    But we can understand this: God’s permission is not the same as His approval. God permitted Adam to eat of the forbidden tree, but He did not approve of the action. In the same way, God’s allowing the Holocaust in no way suggests His approval of it. God is grieved by the sinfulness of man and the hardness of his heart (Genesis 6:6; Mark 3:5).

    We also know that God has done everything possible to redeem us from the sin which would destroy us. He gave His only Son, who sacrificed His life for our sin and took our penalty. All who turn to Jesus Christ in faith are saved. The sin in this world, and horrors such as the Holocaust, are a direct result of mankind’s continued rebellion against God.

    While nothing can justify the Holocaust, we do see at least one good thing which came from World War II: Israel now exists as a nation. The Holocaust was a primary reason the White Paper of 1939 was rescinded, freeing Jews to immigrate to Palestine. The fact that, as of 1948, the Jews have a restored national identity helps to fulfill such biblical prophecies as Ezekiel 37 and Matthew 24. Defeating Nazism and giving the land of Israel back to the Jews is a classic example of God’s thwarting Satan’s plan and bringing about good in spite of the evil.

    In all of His doings, God is just (Psalm 145:17). The blame for the Holocaust lies squarely on the shoulders of sinful humanity. The Holocaust was the product of sinful choices made by sinful men in rebellion against a holy God. If the Holocaust proves anything, it is the utter depravity of man. Just fourteen years after "the war to end all wars" (World War I), Hitler rose to power. What is even more shocking is that millions followed him, enabling his horrific policies and pursuing a path to national destruction.

    And while Nazism took hold in Germany, where were the European churches? Some, it is true, stood fast against the evil in their midst, and some churchmen, such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, paid the ultimate price for dissenting. But they were the minority. Most churches of the era acquiesced to Nazi Party rules and remained silent while the Jews were slaughtered. Where were the world leaders? Other than England’s Winston Churchill, the world’s politicos took the route of isolation or appeasement. Neither worked. Where were the good, decent people? Edmund Burke is often quoted as saying, "All that is necessary for evil to triumph in the world is for enough good men to do nothing." Although there were a few Germans and other Europeans such as Oscar Schindler and Corrie ten Boom and her family, who risked their lives to save thousands of Jews from annihilation, most remained silent and the Holocaust ensued. The question is not so much "Why did God allow the Holocaust?" but "Why did we?"

    God gives mankind freedom of choice. We can choose to follow Him and take a stand for righteousness, or we can rebel against Him and pursue evil. The problem resides in the heart of man. "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?" (Jeremiah 17:9). Until man’s heart turns to God, the world will continue to witness "ethnic cleansings," genocides, and atrocities such as the Holocaust.

    Source(s): The Lightning Strikes
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    God didn't let it happen -- *people* let it happen. Not only did Christian Europe *let* it happen, they participated willingly and enthusiastically. Hitler was a democratically elected leader. He was given a mandate by the people he led.

    Not only did Hitler get a mandate from Germans, he offered to free the Jews to any other country willing to take them. The U.S., the U.K., and other European countries convened in Evian, France and the U.S. offered to take 10,000 Jews for every 1,000 Jews accepted by other countries. Dominica was the ONLY country willing to take even 1000 Jews. In other words, Hitler also got a mandate from the entire Western world. "NOT ONE social group, NOT ONE religious community, NOT ONE scholarly institution or professional association in Germany and throughout Europe declared its solidarity with the Jews".

    Have you read about the ship filled with Jews who had escaped Nazi Europe only to be refused entry into the U.S. and RETURNED to Europe?

    Don't ask why God allowed it to happen. Ask why God's children allowed it to happen. The mission of the messiah is to usher in an era of universal peace. I don't see it happening any time soon, do you?

    Why have Jews been persecuted throughout history? Some say that Jews serve as the conscience of mankind.

    Jews have had many enemies. Where are they now?

    Ancient Egypt Gone

    Philistines Gone

    Assyrian Empire Gone

    Babylonian Empire Gone

    Persian Empire Gone

    Greek Empire Gone

    Roman Empire Gone

    Byzantine Empire Gone

    Crusaders Gone

    Spanish Empire Gone

    Nazi Germany Gone

    Soviet Union Gone

    Iran ???

    When will the messiah arrive?

    When we master the violence that fills our world.

    When we look upon others as we would have them look upon us.

    When we grant to every person the rights we claim for ourselves.


  • 5 years ago

    This is the most common question about God, and it is based on the idea that Life is about what happens. First, you are a spiritual being that cannot die, ever. You are not your physical body. Second, even if you were reincarnated fifty times and lived ten thousand years of life times, that time would be minuscule compared to eternity. To understand scripture, God, Heaven and Hell, people need to change their perspective. People need to become as "children of God". God is eternal. The time frame perspective is much different, like the change in time frame perspective from being a child to being an adult. As a child the minutes you spent seemed like hours, days were months and years took forever. As an adult the minutes fly by, months are not much more than days and years are like the months of a child. By the time you reach the time perspective of God a thousand years is like a day. In that very short time period some things happen. What happens is not important, what choices you make are important. Your life is defined by your choices. You choose how to frame your perception of life. If you believe your life is defined by what happens you have no control over your life.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    answer: Hitler was insane

    the Nazis needed scapegoats and Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, JWs and others were easy targets

    G-d never promised life would be easy, the opposite for Jews actually. G-d requires little from non-Jews, from Jews there are 613 commandments (300 w/out a grand Temple).

    One might look at this way: humans have free will, the Nazis chose wrongly.

    Many, many peoples have tried to eliminate the Jews - they're gone, Jews remain. Is that the hand of G-d in action?

    Source(s): the belief put for by Muld*** is offensive and very un-Christian like
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Zionists set up WW2 to fulfill prophecy, the poor buggers who didnt know any better had to pay the price, these were mostly Goyim and not Jews.

    @ Lightning strikes: Good did not come from WW2, invasion and occupation is hardly a good thing. Racism still exists but now its being perpetrated against Arabs in Palestine and Muslims around the world, there is still apartheid and occupation, the Chosen race is looking more and more like the Master race where any criticism is rebutted with cries of anti-semitism even when the dissenting voice is protesting the peril of semitic people.

  • 1 decade ago

    God gave man dominion over the earth, and the only stipulation was that man should not eat the forbidden fruit. Man rebelled because he was swayed from the truth by the devil's deception and committed the first sin. Sin separates us from God and therefore takes away from being made in God's image. Evil is not in the image of God. The godly dominion man once had was handed over to satan. God intervenes when enough people ask Him to or for whatever purpose He has in His plan. The Holocaust ended when man finally took action against it. God said whatever you loose on earth, will be loosed in heaven and so on. The coming years will get worse, probably more so then the Holocaust and the evil will be so great that the only way for it to kept from total destruction is the imminent return of Jesus Christ.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    This is the twentieth century question for religion, including Christianity. There are many answers some more satisfying than others. We still wait for better ones.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    your assuming that god has had a helping hand in everything humans have done. if so, why would 9/11 happen, WW2, WW1. the irish famine, the european black plauge, the crusades, the roman wars, the greek-prusian wars ect.

    God and human action are unrelated, we have Free will remeber.

  • Moi
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    You don't understand clear scripture. God's chosen people crucified him. They rejected their Promised Messiah! And so God left them desolate.

    Spoken by Jesus Christ:

    Mat 23:37 ¶ O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, [thou] that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under [her] wings, and ye would not!

    Mat 23:38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

    Mat 23:39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed [is] he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

  • 1) Either he's a d!ck

    2) or he doesn't exist.

    Which would you prefer?

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