“Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,
    and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;
    when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.”


Reading: The Holocaust — Where was God? Art Katz
(Reason: If he can explain the Holocaust, such that there is meaning beyond the pain… If he can provide a sense of God’s sovereignty even in this… Then… maybe this same light will shine on these other things… They’ve been clouding for so long. To see them in the light of His Sovereignty.) 

August 14, 2017

“Certainly, as many have learned who have earnestly raised this question, previous conventional and tidy views that sufficed before, now become shattered. We must either forsake entirely our inadequate faith and be abandoned to a worldly cynicism — or, be brought into new and unplumbed depths in the knowledge of God that must radially affect and change everything…

Let us not rob our own humanity of that which distinguishes it, namely, the ability to seek ultimate meaning in the face of seeming meaninglessness.

“The Holocaust was a shocking assault on every belief that the 20th century was an age of progress and human betterment, or any other thing for which men had hoped…”

“The whole way in which we view a phenomenon reveals our mindset and way of perceiving reality. If we relate to God on the basis of our abstractions and our imagined suppositions, then we are in a place of unreality, not only with regard to God but also with regard to everything else. God is the ground of reality, not what we think Him to be or what we would ascribe to Him, but what He has demonstrated His character to be, especially in the hard dealings with His own people and in the mercies that follow. What a remarkable lesson the Holocaust is for time and eternity…”

“I took up these questions and began a search which can be summed up in this all-consuming question: Why was God silent?