Provocative statement you might say, but before you start all firing at me for saying it, let me run through my reasons for doing so. Much of how you will read this post will depend on where you’re coming from in your relationship with G-d:
1: If you are an unbeliever in G-d to start with, well you’ve a lot more problems to face than just dealing with the point I’m going to make in this post, namely, that you need to accept you are a sinner in G-d’s eyes and repent and seek His forgiveness, provided for you through the sacrifice of Yeshua (Jesus) on the Cross.
2: If you are a believer in G-d but maybe haven’t connected to who Yeshua is or what He has done for you, you should consider spending some time attending church or listening to solid bible-based sermons about salvation and then do the same as those in # 1 above.
3: If you are a Christian but can’t accept the statement then you need to reconsider the G-d you say you are committed to serving i.e. the G-d of scripture and not the G-d of Catholicism or the G-d of your own imagination, or whatever.
4: Finally, if you are a Jew and particularly if you have relatives who’ve been through the Holocaust, or you are a devoutly religious Jew, I appreciate that what I’m going to say is most likely going to offend you to some degree, but I would ask you to not have a knee-jerk reaction without considering the Truth within the statements I’m about to make. You, above all, have a greater responsibility to ensure that you understand the nature of the G-d Who chose you as His People, and Who has led you to the point where you are now reading this article.
I have to confess that I have no direct link or knowledge of the Holocaust in order to speak about it in any sense, so I’m really only using it as the biggest example of a very important point that we ALL need to recognise about G-d. The G-d in scripture Who called the nation of Israel to Himself is not only Omnipresent (Ever present) and Omniscient (All knowing), He is also absolutely Omnipotent fully and precisely i.e. He is either in control of everything or in control of nothing. If just one tiny event in the Universe is beyond His ability to control then how could we trust Him to control anything let alone the outcome of our lives etc?? We, in the West certainly, and probably elsewhere in the Judeo-Christian world, tend to think that all things good come from G-d, while all things bad come from Satan, but to think in that manner makes Satan on an equal footing with G-d, because we give him power and control to effect bad things in our lives of his own accord! However, no serious Jew or Christian would ever concede that Satan is just an alter ego of G-d’s or in some way a god himself, but many just don’t stop to think what that means.
The reality is that G-d alone is in control of everything – everything, not just some things!! So, while He absolutely would not have brought evil on the Jewish people Himself as He cannot look on evil Himself, He hands Satan the task of fulfilling His Will for all of mankind. G-d absolutely did not create evil, but He allowed it in His Sovereign Will for His creation in the knowledge that only in doing so, could we be provided free will ourselves to make decisions for good or bad, and ultimately be able to choose whether or not we will submit to Him as our G-d and Lord. And thus I contend He absolutely allowed the Holocaust for His purposes in the lives of the Jewish people, and while we dare not make assumptions of what His Will or intention was in so doing, He has absolutely continued to be with and bless His people, and return them to the Land out of captivity, just as He said He would (Micah). To say otherwise i.e. That somehow the Holocaust happened purely because of Satan and evil in the hearts of men etc, is to deny G-d His Sovereignty over all of His creation.
Anyone wanting to really figure this out for themselves, only has to read the Torah and Major Prophets to gain a better understanding of just how G-d has always ensured His people have been just where He wants them to be, and how He has brought many judgements against them, but equally always restored them too, and the current restoration since the Holocaust is nothing short of miraculous in all its facets.
While not fully applicable, as I believe it pertains to the future in history yet, this verse from Zechariah still reveals how G-d can and does bring judgement on His people, and we need to pay heed to it, and stop making Him into some kindly grandfather figure in the sky, only ever seeking to do our will (rather than us doing His!!) and eager to jump to our commands. We truly need to learn to know the real true and living G-d of Israel!!
“And it shall be in all the land, says Jehovah, two parts in it shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left in it. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried. They shall call on My name, and I will answer them; I will say, It is My people; and they shall say, Jehovah is my God.” Zech 13:7-8
There is a multitude of other verses I’d like to provide to continue to back up my views on this, and I’ve provided a few here – some in full, and some in reference for you to read yourself.
On the return of Israel to the Land:
“And I will turn back the captivity of My people Israel, and they shall build the cities which are desolate, and they shall live in them. And they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine. They shall also make gardens and eat their fruit. And I will plant them on their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, says Jehovah your God. ” Amos 9:14-15
Also see: Ezekiel 37:21-23, Jeremiah 30:3,
On previous judgements: Jeremiah 8: 7, & 18:15-18, Isaiah 1:27 & 26: 20-21, Hosea 9:7, Ezekiel 20: 33-38,
I invite you to comment on this certainly, but please, if you do, provide me with some biblical backing for why you differ in your view, and respect my intention is not to offend, but rather to provoke thought and insight that might enable you to see G-d as He actually is, and not how you may have been led to believe if you have rarely read scripture – where He describes Himself in HIS Word!!