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The Death of God
Elie Wiesel was born in the same town as Izidor Ruckel’s orphanage. He was a teenager when the Germans rolled into town forty years before the orphanage. They began the process of rounding up the Jews for extermination. Wiesel survived the holocaust, but his belief in God suffered a moral wound.
Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.
Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky.
Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever.
Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live.
Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.
Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to live as long as God Himself.
Wiesel, Elie (2012-02-07). Night . Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Kindle Edition.
The death of God is a “modern” discovery but the anguished complaint about God’s inaction and failure to rescue is ancient. Dip a ladle in the Psalms and you can easily pull up a pleading believer asking for relief and rescue.
Psalm 38:17–22 (NET)
17 For I am about to stumble, and I am in constant pain.
18 Yes, I confess my wrongdoing, and I am concerned about my sins.
19 But those who are my enemies for no reason are numerous; those who hate me without cause outnumber me.
20 They repay me evil for the good I have done; though I have tried to do good to them, they hurl accusations at me.
21 Do not abandon me, O Lord! My God, do not remain far away from me!
22 Hurry and help me, O Lord, my deliverer!
God’s Absence Turns Into God’s Non-Existence Continue reading
I continue to follow Ryan Bell and his blogging. He’s working his program working to bolster the position he’s been creeping towards by immersing himself in atheist literature.
Within this post he posts an idea I hear regularly.
It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence. If a man, holding a belief which he was taught in childhood or persuaded of afterwards, keeps down and pushes away any doubts which arise about it in his mind, purposely avoids the reading of books and the company of men that call into question or discuss it, and regards as impious those questions which cannot easily be asked without disturbing it—the life of that man is one long sin against mankind.
I find this assertion to be the naïve, contrary to all evidence of human behavior and belief, and full of religious doctrine.
This video caught my eye. http://nyti.ms/MLqimF
The Ukrainian soldiers trying to recover their dignity by “going to work” guarding warplanes. The Russian troops (sans flags) preventing their advance to their base, firing warning shots. This is of course a showdown.
Lent Continue reading