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Innocent People
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(01-11-2021, 12:32 AM)Dana wrote: I thought this did seem cruel with a sense of the end result justifying the means.  More human driven rather than coming from a G-d of justice and mercy.  The same G-d of Exodus 22:21 who hears the cries of the widow and orphan would not be indifferent to the suffering of innocents.   It would be as if  G-d went from the personal to the abstract.

In the story of God meeting with Abraham before turning to destroy Sodom, Abraham asked a just question that rings in my ears every time I consider questions likes this: "Shall not the judge of the whole earth do what is just?" (הֲשֹׁפֵט֙ כָּל־הָאָ֔רֶץ לֹ֥א יַעֲשֶׂ֖ה מִשְׁפָּֽט) Does God hear the cry of the innocent? If so, what keeps him from acting on their behalf? I struggle with this question above any other.

(01-11-2021, 12:32 AM)Dana wrote: While I believe things can happen for a reason I find reassurance in verses such as Isaiah 55:8 & 9 that remind us the ways and thoughts of people are not even close to how G-d's ways and thoughts are.

It's oft quoted when this question arises, but I don't think it doesn't any justice to the child who has just died of cancer.

(01-11-2021, 12:32 AM)Dana wrote: Genesis 50:20 - "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today."

I've drawn comfort from the Genesis verse as a reminder that G-d is in control even when people, leaders,  make bad decisions that can have adverse effects on others.

Yes, Joseph is said to have gone through a hard time, having been sold into slavery, falsely accused of attempted rape, locked away in a prison, etc. But his story continues and we see that the hand of God caused him to have success. It's not comparable enough to children in a cancer ward. Where does their story have a happy ending? Does God show favorites?

(01-11-2021, 12:32 AM)Dana wrote: A note to any readers on the forum. I am not Jewish nor am I here to teach but I come here to ask questions and learn from some of the responses.

You're not an outsider here. <3
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