The Gentile Perspective on Jewish Suffering

A continuation of my response to Dr. Brown’s article – https://askdrbrown.org/library/how-rabbi-blumenthal-missed-forest-trees-–-part-3

The Gentile Perspective on Jewish Suffering

In my article entitled “Diminishing References and Dr. Brown’s
Staggering Mistake, part 3” I put forth the claim that the gentile
nations believe that Israel is suffering because they bear testimony to
a corrupt message. Dr. Brown countered with the following paragraph:

“Who told him that? Where does the Bible state that? To the contrary,
Scripture states that when the nations see the Lord’s Temple destroyed
and His people in exile, they will ask, “Why has the LORD done thus to
this land and to this house?” What will the answer be? “Then they will
say, ‘Because they abandoned the LORD, the God of their fathers who
brought them out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods and
worshiped them and served them. Therefore he has brought all this
disaster on them.’” (2 Chr. 7:21-22) This is what Scripture says; Rabbi
Blumenthal must rewrite the Bible to fit his narrative.”

Indeed, in this passage in Chronicles, the Bible gives us one facet of
the Gentile perspective on Jewish suffering. But this is only a part of
the picture. The more common attitude attributed by the Bible to
Gentiles who witness Jewish suffering is described by Joel, Micah and
the author of the Psalms (Joel 2:17; Micah 7:7-10; Psalm 42:4,11; 79:10;
115:2). The nations taunt Israel with the words “where is your God.” The
nations see Israel’s suffering as a sign that the God that they are
following is a powerless God. In other words, the message that Israel
carries about One God, is faulty.

Interestingly, Dr. Brown himself confirms that this is the Gentile
attitude towards Jewish suffering. He writes: “in the ancient world,
the pagan nations thought that the god of an exiled nation had been
defeated. The deity was powerless to stop the enemy!”

But it is not only ancient pagans who believe that Israel suffers
because her God is powerless. Modern Christians like Dr. Brown believe
the same thing today. According to Dr. Brown, God without Jesus cannot
forgive sin, cannot redeem His people and cannot have a meaningful
relationship with His own creations. Judaism worships God without Jesus,
and according to Christianity, this is a powerless God. Christians have
been telling Jews that if they would but worship Jesus together with
God, their troubles would end. And the Jewish response has always been
and will always remain; “Our God is all-powerful and does not need your
Jesus to help Him in any way shape or form. We are suffering because of
our sins and when we repent He will restore us as He promised through
His prophets.”

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2 Responses to The Gentile Perspective on Jewish Suffering

  1. A says:

    Isa 43:11 None but me, the LORD; Beside Me, none can grant triumph. God is the only being whose existence is absolute, and other beings are solely dependent upon Him. God can save at anytime, whereas other beings cannot save without His consent. That is why scripture says (Jeremiah 17:7) “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.” But anyone who places trusts in pagan worship of man god, he becomes indebted to be like it. How do we know? As it says, (Psalms 115:8) “May they who make them become like them, [and everyone who trusts in them.]” Anyone who relies on man transgresses, he transgresses, for it says, (Psalms 146:3), “…in humans who cannot save.” What does it say afterwards? (Psalms 146:4) “His breath goes forth, he returns to his earth.” Says the Holy One, blesses be He: They know that humans are nothing, yet they put aside My Glory

  2. maimonides66 says:

    They want to compare our Judaism to paganism? Let me see:
    The “virgin” birth myth – Parallels MANY pagan beliefs (Queen Hatshepset, Romulus – a “virgin” birth. There are too many to list in this forum).
    Many of the early and modern practices of the Christian Church are strikingly similar to ancient pagan practices. Examples: The Eucharist (cannibalism [Transubstantiation], Christmas, Easter, Halloween, all of them co-opting pagan practices. An amalgamation of such pagan practices by simply piling Christian beliefs on to them.

    Be Well

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