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World War II - A religious perspective.

  1. Rishy Rich profile image81
    Rishy Richposted 6 years ago

    6 million Jews in a single war... So what was Yahweh thinking? I knw there are people who thinks that the Biblical God can be a pain in the ass. He punished the Egyptians like a sadistic demon before just because they preferred a different lifestyle..."Yeah either u vote for my Heaven, or I will burn u in Hell"...those were good old times for the Jews. You punch a Jew slave & Bam! God sends a Super Hero to kill you or punch u back. You kill another slave Jew & God sends ten plagues as revenge. You chase & trap them beside a river or a sea & there u go...God creates a brand new road in the middle of the sea.

    So where was this Yahweh during WWII? & what was he thinking?

    1. Don W profile image84
      Don Wposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      You are painting yourself into a corner with this. By hypothesising that the Yahweh of Abrahamic religion (perfect by definition) exists, you are rendering any actions (or lack of actions) that can be attributed to Yahweh, as perfect by definition.

      In other words you can change the definition of 'Yahweh' to imperfect, or you can assert that Yahweh does not exist. But you can't say Yahweh exists and is imperfect. That's a contradiction in terms. It's the equivalent of saying: this perfect being is imperfect. Moreover if you change the definition, then you are no longer referring to the god of Abrahamic religions, rendering your question irrelevant to those religions. If you assert Yahweh does not exist, then you render your question meaningless.

      Another issue is that your determination of the perfection/imperfection of any given action or lack of action, in the context of the entire history of the universe, is relative. To make an objective determination you would need to know every consequence and every outcome of every action of every moment of the past, present and future. In other words you would need to be omniscient. I think it's reasonable to tentatively suggest you are not omniscient and are therefore incapable of making an objective determination in this context. The most you can do is determine what actions or inactions appear to be perfect/imperfect from your point of view.

      Therefore there is no argument here. Only an observation that: events in recent history don't appear from your point of view to be the result of perfect action or inaction. No more no less. That observation tells us exactly nothing about the truth or falsehood of the statement 'god is'. To imply otherwise you would need to turn a reasonable observation into a fallacious argument, which alas is exactly what you have done.

      1. Rishy Rich profile image81
        Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I will be as short as possible:

        1. "Yahweh exists" is Jewish assumption not mine.
        2. "Yahweh is perfect" another Jewish assumption, not mine.
        3. Perfect/Imperfect should not be a major concern here as even a Perfect being may not involve itself in Human circumstances. My concern was the Actions of Yahweh not his state or condition.
        4. The argument is based on the Jewish assumptions & claims that how Yahweh interferes with Human environment when something wrong happens to His subjects (Jews).
        5. If u find it Fallacious argument then just dont waste ur time in this thread (unless u have an intention to hijack this thread).

        1. Don W profile image84
          Don Wposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          1. Doesn't matter who's assumption it is. If you use it as the base of a hypothetical argument, your argument needs to be consistent with it.
          2. same as above

          3. The 'Yahweh' of Abrahamic religions is also described as a personal god, i.e. involved in human affairs. That's one of the attributes that distinguishes the Yahweh of Abrahamic religion. Indeed you've adopted that assumption yourself for the sake of your argument. If you want to say no such being exists, fair enough. If you want to say a deity exists but does not have the attributes of the Abrahamic 'Yahweh', fair enough. But you can't hypothesise that Yahweh exists and is not involved in human affairs without changing the definition of 'Yahweh', 'involved', 'human' or 'affairs'. If you do, then by definition, you are not referring to Yahweh of the Abrahamic religions.

          4. Exactly. As such you are hypothesising that those assumptions are true for the sake of argument. So your argument needs to be consistent with them. If it isn't all you've done is create an inconsistent argument, which demonstrates nothing relevant. 

          5. By that logic people should not discuss anything they consider fallacious, and if they do their motivation must be to hijack the topic. That's self defeating. Clearly you find the concept of god fallacious, yet you are discussing the subject. Therefore (by your own reasoning) you are wasting your time and your motivation is to hijack the subject. If that's the case, then you have relegated your question to nothing more than a trolling exercise. If on the other hand your question has a serious intent, then what you've said is false and you and I are neither wasting our time nor hijacking anything.

          I'm not suggesting there's anything wrong with what you are trying to conclude, i.e. a deity doesn't exist. I'm merely pointing out that the argument you are employing does not conform to a basic evaluation of logic. If your argument is that god-belief is inconsistent, fair enough. But presenting that in an argument which is itself logically inconsistent is probably not the best way to go about it.

          1. Rishy Rich profile image81
            Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            I have to disagree but you can continue with whatever you think.

            1. Don W profile image84
              Don Wposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              You seem unable or unwilling to address the issues with your argument, so I won't persist in pointing them out.

              And thank you for giving me permission to continue thinking what I want, but it's unnecessary. It's already recognised as a human right as laid out in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. This protects people's right to believe whatever the hell they want to believe and to express that belief, regardless of whether someone else thinks it's delusional, strange, unbelievable or just idiotic.

              You'll also be glad to know it protects your right to think it appropriate to use the death of more than 6 million human beings to try to score some cheap points in the god/no god debate. What an amazing thing freedom of thought and belief is.

              1. Rishy Rich profile image81
                Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                Its weird how you think there is no argument & still want me to argue with you. Im not sure whats wrong with u but I think u do need to work on your attitude bcoz when it feels like arse, looks like arse & smells like arse, it has to be an arse! But I have seen such idiotic nonsense attitudes before, so I wont mind.

                I am not willing to address whatever issues u have mentioned earlier...not bcoz they are too brilliant to counter but because they are not worthy of addressing...but u can continue to think whatever u want...I can see u hav done PhD in Declaration of Human rights.

                1. Don W profile image84
                  Don Wposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  It's called a discussion and it's what a public web forum is for. Sometimes you may encounter someone who actually disagrees with your point of view. Sometimes they may even criticise your point of view. If you are not prepared to be disagreed with, or have your argument criticised, or if you don't want to discuss something, then why start a discussion about it in the first place? I find that weird to be perfectly honest.

                  Stranger still is the name calling. You start a discussion, someone disagrees with you, you are unwilling to discuss the subject itself, and instead respond with name calling. If I've insulted you, please point out. If not, then why throw insults?
                  If by any chance you realise I haven't insulted you, and if by any chance you realise my pointing out of the flaws in your argument was to help rather than attack you, then please ask yourself whether or not the defensive attitude you have adopted is actually warranted.

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                    paarsurreyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    I think it is not a humane act to start name calling.

                  2. The Darkened One profile image60
                    The Darkened Oneposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    @Don

                    It is true that people will disagree with each others point of view in certain topic & thats how an argument forms but what so far I have read from both of ur posts, you are not sticking to the topic. Rather answering the topic question you came up with your silly conclusion that there should not be such argument. I think your love for God is hit heard & this is why you are trying to conclude the argument is flawed.

              2. The Darkened One profile image60
                The Darkened Oneposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                lolz...I apparently dont see any problem with the argument. Of course there are problamatic people who loves to create problems in every single case. A perfect God interferes & disturbs the balance of nature just to free his chosen people somehow vanishes after 4000 years & keeps his mouth shut while his chosen people were tortured to death in greater level by the nazis. This undoubtedly creates the question whether there were really any intervention from that God earlier..its as simple as that. Why is it so difficult to understand?

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            Rookie70posted 6 years ago in reply to this

            You are so articulate, and I love your intelligent responses. Mind if I copy and paste your argument for my personal use?

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            Rookie70posted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Wow, I found another articulate debator.

      2. WizardOfOz profile image60
        WizardOfOzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        That was very long-winded.  I will keep my curious question short.  Are you trying to say that an omniscient being, in seeing everything in the eternal context might consider  millions of followers dying just part of the deal!?

        1. Don W profile image84
          Don Wposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          No. I don't think a theist would say it's 'part of the deal'. But I think a theist could easily argue that although we know an event is 'bad', it's impossible for us to objectively determine what the ultimate consequences of that event are in relation to the universe, if any (think the butterfly effect). In the context of the entire history of the universe we'd literally have to know everything to determine what the consequences of any given event are. For the theist god is omniscient so that's not a problem. But we obviously aren't. This is simply a modern, and more technical version of "god works in mysterious ways". But it's consistent with the assumptions of the Abrahamic religions, which the question in the opening post is not.

          1. WizardOfOz profile image60
            WizardOfOzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            You say a lot but you appear to fail.

            You assume too much and you confuse personal assumptions to be logical assumptions.

            Moving on,

            you say, "No. I don't think a theist would say it's 'part of the deal'. But I think a theist could easily argue that although we know an event is 'bad'"

            A theist is but a person who believes in God or gods.  My point should be illustrated here, to those who actually do know logic, as opposed to say, those who can spell the word. 

            Don, I am a theist.  I do not see any logic in what you are saying.

            1. Don W profile image84
              Don Wposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              I thought it was clear from my previous comments that I'm talking about the Abrahamic religions. If that's not clear, let me make it so.

              If you subscribe to any of the Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam) the argument I suggested is consistent with the main assumptions they make about god, i.e. personal, only one, creator, involved in human affairs, omnimax. These assumptions are what distinguish the Abrahmic religions from other forms of theism such as deism or Hinduism etc. So if you are talking about a different form of theism, then obviously the above is not applicable. My point is about the form of theism represented by the Abrahamic religions. From the start that point has been that the implied argument in the OP is meaningless in relation to the Abrahamic religions, because it is not consistent with there assumptions. So it just sets up a straw man and then knocks it down.

              The nature of the assumptions made in the Abrahamic religions are such that when taken as true you can't logically point to objective reality as a way of demonstrating inconsistency in them. As soon as someone assumes god exists and is omnimax (even for the sake of argument) they can always argue that your view of reality is too limited (relative to an omnimax being) to determine anything objectively about that beings interactions with humanity. In effect it makes your view of reality inferior by definition. This is exactly why the assumptions of the Abrahamic religions are so powerful.

              The only way to counter this is to deny such a being exists altogether, or argue that god is different to that described in the Abrahamic religions. If you do the former, the question "where was this Yahweh during WWII?" is rendered meaningless. If you do the latter, then by definition you are not referring to the god of the Abrahamic religions. The god of deism, pantheism perhaps, but by definition not the god of Abraham, not Yahweh. As such the question is irrelevant to those who profess belief in Yahweh as described in the Abrahamic religions.

              (some edits)

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                paarsurreyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                The Creator-God Allah YHWH has created us human beings and keeps contact with us to develop our qualities positively and evolves them. His contact with the human beings is personal.

        2. Don W profile image84
          Don Wposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          This is superfluous to your actual question so I've added it separately.

          The reason for the above criticism is that if you're going to argue against the the god of Abrahamic religion, then it's pointless asking a hypothetical question in which the assumptions of the Abrahamic religions are taken as true for the sake of argument. Especially if your intention is to show the opposite. Because if your argument is then not consistent with those assumptions, you've simply created a straw man. You may knock that straw man down, but it's meaningless and doesn't challenge those assumptions whatsoever.

          Better to simply reject the existence of a deity, or reject the assumptions about said deity and offer an argument for your rejections than to try this approach. The Abrahamic god as a concept is logically too strong and all encompassing for this to work. Arguments like the one presented in this thread can easily be countered by anyone who has a basic understanding of the core assumptions of the Abrahamic religions and a bit of logic. So to be successful, this argument depends on a lack of understanding. In my opinion an argument which relies on lack of understanding to be successful is a poor argument.

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      klarawieckposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Rishy, why are you stirring the cauldron again?! hmm

      1. Rishy Rich profile image81
        Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Im making some magic potion honey? want some? smile

  2. rebekahELLE profile image92
    rebekahELLEposted 6 years ago

    have you read Night by Elie Wiesel? whatever you believe, it's a book everyone should read at least once.

    1. Rishy Rich profile image81
      Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Nope. I will take a look.

  3. Mighty Mom profile image90
    Mighty Momposted 6 years ago

    Being enslaved by the Egyptians was "good old times" for the Jews?

    1. Rishy Rich profile image81
      Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Compared to Nazi concentration camp that really was 'good old times'.

    2. I am DB Cooper profile image67
      I am DB Cooperposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Did anyone see that story yesterday that claimed archaeological evidence doesn't support the story that the Jews were ever enslaved in Egypt?

      1. Rishy Rich profile image81
        Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I am aware of that fact.

  4. Mighty Mom profile image90
    Mighty Momposted 6 years ago

    Neither is what I'd call a "heyday" for the Jewish race.

    1. Rishy Rich profile image81
      Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      May be...but again how many races had God to make them a road in the middle of the sea? How many races had a moses & a God who would send ten plagues to kill their enemies? Yeah, those were good old times whether u agree or not. Besides the recent archaeological findings suggest Egyptians built monuments & pyramids with architects rather than slaves. And unlike Biblical tortured slaves, they were highly paid & respected in the society.

      1. Richieb799 profile image62
        Richieb799posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Of course they had architects, but who do you think chiselled the tonnes of limestone and dug deep into valley walls to built the temple of Abu Simbel...Slave workforce! they also only used basic hand tools for this too

      2. WizardOfOz profile image60
        WizardOfOzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Architects draw plans not build pyramids.  Not taking sides here, just sayin, architects ain't builders.

        1. Rishy Rich profile image81
          Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Actually the Egyptian architects were different than todays architects & are comparable to builders as well. The mummies & remains of the builders/architects indicate that the builders of pyramids & most famous Egyptian monuments were Egyptians in origin... not Israelis neither from any other ethnicity.

          The commodities, jeweleries & papyrus found in those buried chambers also suggest they were paid, well fed & taken care of by the Pharaoh.

          Their belief system was different than ours. WHIPPING & KILLING wasnt necessary...THEY WERE ACTUALLY GLAD TO BUILD PYRAMIDS FOR THEIR PHARAOHS.

    2. qwark profile image59
      qwarkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Mom: good gosh there is nothing "ethnic" about being a jew. Jew is a religion.
      The ignorance of some amazes me.

      1. WizardOfOz profile image60
        WizardOfOzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        haha, it amazes you?  I find that ignorance is one of the most common qualities!

  5. profile image69
    paarsurreyposted 6 years ago

    The Jews have a right to love the Creator-God Allah YHWH and be loved by Him.

  6. profile image69
    paarsurreyposted 6 years ago

    The Jews also have a right to love the Creator-God Allah YHWH and be loved by Him.

  7. janni321 profile image60
    janni321posted 6 years ago

    Lets assume that all the stories about jew during egypt time are true. In WW2 the Yahweh seems to be unhappy with jews like he left them alone on the face of earth. Why? Because Yahweh turns his favors to Christians and then Muslims

    1. Rishy Rich profile image81
      Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      r u a Muslim?

      1. janni321 profile image60
        janni321posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        doesnt matter

 
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