Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Is G^d getting away with murder?

Two people ate a fruit that He had forbidden to them and not only did He put them on death row with hard labor (the man hard agricultural labor, the woman in hard labor when bearing children); He actually kills them. And also all their descendents, generation after generation.

Actually, the Satan embodied as a snake tells them that G^d only told them not to eat from that one tree because it would make them equal to G^d. And G^d doesn’t tolerate equals. We know that Angels may entice but never lie. G^d needs all the glory? Is He a bully?

Then, He kills off all human beings simultaneously except for eight of them. Then He tells the survivors that they shall not murder. If that’s not brazen (a chutzpah), then what is?

He teaches that in fact, the Satan, the Angel of Death, does all actual killing. But He’s in full control and Angels are only His faithful workers.

And while claiming He’s omnipotent and omniscient and loves us, He stands by idly for millennia when millions are killed and murdered.

Meanwhile, He passes as the righteous Judge of the whole world.

How does He get away with all this?

Good question. No public relations agency could work with such a Client.

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Atheists deny Him so they have no bone to pick with Him.

Some people think that they are Atheists but they are angry with Him so they are not. And they don’t let Him get away with anything.

But how do billions of self-proclaimed Monotheists deal with this? Is G^d above the Law? We are told, He’s the Law Himself. …

I can’t speak for everyone. But as a religious Jew, I do have answers.

When G^d knocks off people, He doesn’t end their lives. He only passes them on, to outside the Garden of Eden, an Afterlife or a re-incarnation.

Nothing in His creation has permanency like He has. Everything withers. Aging parents who don’t die, take away precious care time from raising children. So, to help parents, He lets their parents die in time. With the promise that eventually, Death will be slaughtered. And of course, also aging. So then, the conflict is resolved and the dead can be revived.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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