This is because in the new government system, the Germans taught that the Jews were not people. Therefore, Jews did not deserve to be treated as such. This logic made no sense to Corrie and her family, in their heads the Jews were still people, and harming them was still a sin. Fully aware of the consequences, the Ten Booms determined that keeping the Jews safe was the honorable and honest thing to do. Therefore, the Ten Booms began to hide the Jews and live out a dishonest life.
He believed if God had power over everything, then he would have prevented all the evil things that the Nazis did to the Jews and his family. God loves all of his children, and he wouldn't want evil things to happen to them. If He had the power to, He would have stopped the horrors Elie was facing. Elie is truly starting to question his faith and the power of
This passage from Matthew is in direct contradiction with everything that Positive Christianity is teaching. Positive Christianity is attempting to justify the discrimination and hatred that is felt towards the Jews, but one of the central teachings of Jesus is love towards everyone. This destroys the one of central pillars used in the belief of Positive Christianity. The exegesis approach disproves the attempted justification of hatred towards the Jews that Positive Christianity tries to
Either god is real and is punishing him for his impunity during the affair, or he is dead and has relinquished control over the stability of nature and humanity. John pursues the latter, likely because of his pride as both a Christian and a male. If we look at the evidence, it is clear that John is a man made of fear and pride. He would rather believe that god is dead, and the wrath of a godless land is more believable than the fact that he has broken his religious code of conduct. It’s more entertaining than surprising to watch John struggle with his pride, as he attempts to convince himself that he is a man of God who simply committed a deed as a will of social deterioration, rather than a blasphemous mistake that would call into question his character.
There is no reason for it, so many people turn to God, saying that evil was a form of punishment for sin. This brings up the questions; “What constitutes evil or the punishment of sin?” In addition to, “What is evil exactly?”. Evil is a phenomenon experienced as a result of society’s teachings; what behavior is okay or, in a religious sense, approved by God; people experience evil when they fail to meet the conventional definition of evil. People look for justification as to why evil exists in the world and often struggle to comprehend why innocent people suffer. People desire things to be explainable and the ability to see cause and effect.
Also near the middle of the book, Wiesel reflects on the faith of other Jews in the face of these events, saying that “some of the men spoke of God: His mysterious ways, the sins of the Jewish people, and the redemption to come. As for me, I had ceased to pray...I was not denying His existence, but I doubted His absolute justice” (45). It is apparent here that the effect of the Holocaust on the Jewish people’s faith was delayed on some level. Elie refuses to pray to the God that apparently abandoned him. This is personified when he says he doubts that God has absolute justice.
“ I must accentuate that I personally don’t have anything personally against them. It’s true that I view the Jews as enemies of Germany.” If you don’t have anything against the victims of the Holocaust, especially the Jews then why even bother hurting them in the first place. The Jews didn’t do anything to you. You don’t have the right to hurt them anyways. Although anti-semitism plays a huge role in this, you don’t really have any reason other than hate to hurt the Jews.
Who are we to say that someone is truly forgiven for their sins? It is not our right. I do, however, believe that we should remain compassionate and kind to everyone, even the sinful. My response is that Simon Wiesenthal did the right thing by keeping his silence when the Nazi soldier asked for forgiveness. Simon could not have forgiven the Nazi for crimes and brutalities he did to other Jews.
The Jews were hated and persecuted simply for the strong faith in God and what all he could do. They believed that there was only one God, he is omnipotent, he has all power in his hands, he is the creator and finisher of all things, and if his chosen people sin against him he would deal with them accordingly. They could not present sacrifices to him as a means of having their sins washed away or forgotten instead they must repent for forgiveness, pray daily, and try not to commit the same sins over again. There are several differences between Reform and Orthodox Jews. Both religions believe in the Torah and look to
If there was a God he’d be trying to help the innocent Jews escape or at least something, and if he was not then should he even be regarded as one, was Elie’s view on the whole situation. As time carried on, Eliezer’s faith and connection to God died. It was too much for him to believe that his once-beloved God had abandoned them. “Blessed be God’s name? Why, but why would I bless him?
“Like many of the Jews believed, he didn’t think the hatred could last…” - Hans does not understand the reasons for the persecution of the Jews. He thinks all Jews are humans just as he is, and thinks they deserve the same respect as any other German deserves. 3. “It’s chaos out there, and chaos is what we need.” - Walter, part of the Nazi party, helped his Jewish friend Max escape from the Kristallnacht raids despite the risks. Walter ignored the teachings of the Nazi party because he knew that Max was a human being just like he was; no more and no less.
Why? The negative because they proved that anger isnt a concrete reason why the townsmen were so bloodthirsty and murderous. When they were referncing the Bible, it states that people should not reflect the evil done to them but to forgive them for their sins. Did you change your mind from your original view point? No because personally I focus on the causes of things, such as the cause of the Americain Revolution.
Equally, even with the Old Testament narratives, God often gave the Israelites opportunities to repent and He forgave them. Did Ananias sin deserve death, which did not really allow for repentance or was this a fable by Luke copied from Achan’s story in order to deter members of the community from deception and financial fraud? Troeltsch points out that historical study renders only judgments of probability, of very different grades of probability, from the most likely to the least likely, and that with regards to anything that has been passed on from the past the first task is to measure the degree of probability that is appropriate to it. In doing that, the attitude we take to information given to us by memory and tradition is fundamentally changed. With this in mind, we can suggest from the above that it is highly improbable for two people to be struck down because of deception from