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After the holocaust is it possible to continue to believe in a good and powerful God?

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July 19, 2015 3:04PM

Yes. The Holocaust, in terms of its theological significance, is no different than any other evil that falls into the question of Theodicy. Theodicy is the theological/philosophical discipline concerning the questions of when there is an omnibenevolent (all-good), omnipotent (all-powerful), and omniscient (all-knowing) God, (1) why does evil occur and (2) why does this evil occur to people who are good and conversely good occurs to people who are evil. The thing that makes the Holocaust different on a personal level was just how massive the evil is, but the philosophical question does not change based on the size of the tragedy. One blameless kid who dies from hunger poses just as much of a threat to the claims of an omnibenevolent, omnipotent, and omniscient God.

Theodicy has come up with several answers to the question, which a person can find either satisfying or not satisfying. Often those who find Theodicy responses unsatisfied have left organized Abrahamic Religions. Some of the answers for why evil exists and/or is not properly calibrated to a person's conduct include:

  1. The evil in the world is a test to prove moral character and/or devotion to God.
  2. The afterlife will serve as recompense for any fortune illicitly gained or tragedy honestly suffered in this life.
  3. A limitation on evil is a limitation on free will and this is seen as a worse ill than the evil free will permits.
  4. Evil is only the eclipsing of good and therefore an issue of perception rather than reality.
  5. This current creation with evil is the least evil possible form of creation.
  6. Evil serves as a warning call or clarion call to people to improve their moral character.
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July 06, 2015 6:27PM

Yes if all those whose suffered are in heaven appreciating the suffering God allowed them to experience while they were still on earth. No if those who suffered in the Holocaust continues to suffer in the afterlife and all the suffering they experienced in this life did not benefit their eternal existence in some ways. The suffering in this life that God has allowed humanity to experience has no meaning unless:

  1. We become better human beings from our suffering experiences.
  2. Death is not the end but the entrance to a better existent.
God is truly God only when He can fulfill his desire and purpose. His desire and purpose is not to suffer humanity but to transform us into His likeness.

God loves all of us but he cannot come down every time there is a mistake. Besides god knew it was gonna happen.

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June 27, 2015 7:30PM

On the contrary, the Holocaust was a striking fulfillment of several prophecies in the Torah.