Last month I visited Auschwitz and it left a strong impression on me. I was shocked at the brutality of it. The mass slaughter that went on there revolted me. It was disturbing to know that it could go on for so long without anyone stopping it. Why did God not stop it?
Over six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis. Most of them probably prayed to God asking him to save their lives. Why did he refuse?
Think about it. Think long and hard. Think of the gas chambers. Think of how the Jews were led in there. Think of when they realised they weren’t showers. When they realised they were going to die. Think about how they would have screamed. How they would have cried out to God to save them. God saw this (for God sees everything) and did nothing. He saw all the Jews rounded up, sent to the camps, knowing full well what would happen and that he could stop it, and yet he did nothing.
Why not save them? In the Old Testament God is constantly protecting the Jews from their enemies. There’s one part of the bible where he kills one million Ethiopian soldiers like it’s no big deal (2nd Chronicles 14:8-14). If he created the universe and everything in it, it would not be beyond his powers to stop the worst genocide in history. Didn’t he promise to protect the Jews? Wasn’t the whole point of the covenant that if the Jews obeyed his laws he would protect them?
Religious people often mention free will as a reason why God doesn’t intervene, but why would God put Nazis right to free will above the lives of so many innocent people? I have heard it claimed that suffering helps us grow, that we learn from our mistakes. That we need to solve our problems ourselves and can’t rely on God for everything. That excuse sounds extremely hollow. The internet is full of sites claiming the magic of prayer and how it can make anything possible if you believe had enough. I guess it doesn’t work as well as claimed.
Others claim “God is mysterious” which is nonsense. The whole point of the Bible is that God wants us to understand him. The Bible tells us follow these rules and will be rewarded for eternity. We are told God loves all humanity. What about the Holocaust victims? Does he not love them?
I can only see three possible explanations. Either God refused to prevent this genocide, in which case he is a bastard who we should not worship and praise. Or he did not know about the genocide or could do nothing to prevent it, in which case there is no point worshiping him and praying to him. Or he does not exist and they would have been as well praying for fairies or unicorns to save them. Draw your own conclusions.