Let me begin with the latest scientific discovery of the origin of our universe described at https://www.timesofisrael.com/with-new-big-bang-evidence-creation-is-a-fact/
At the scientific forum “Science in harmony with God” which I have initiated at amazon.com about a year ago I have presented the importance of this discovery in the following way.
- Science has proven that our world had the Beginning.
- The beginning means the World had been created.
- If the World was created there is something that created the World.
- This something is called the Creator.
- The most fundamental element of a true religion is the belief in the existence of the Creator – everything else is debatable, and the science finally proved the existence of the Creator.
- In a true religion there is only one vital question, and this question is “what is the reason for our human existence – the reason from the Creator” and what to do in this life accordingly.
- All true religions are searching for the REASON, debating it among themselves and among each other (unfortunately, sometimes violently).
- And all true religions are fighting with false religions such as atheism, agnosticism, fascism, communism … disciples of which are trying to replace the true Creator, the existence of which now is scientifically proven, by themselves – to impose on the humanity their own reasons for human existence.
That’s what I have posted at the scientific forum “Science in harmony with God”.
Now let’s get back to the topic of this post. Yes, Judaism is a cure from universal poverty, if properly understood and used, since it defines the REASON for human existence as building a better world with a unique definition of a better world as creating the spiritual and material wealth to eliminate the spiritual and material poverty for everybody.
Most countries in poverty define the reason for human existence differently. Here is a list of the world regions “in hunger” as described at http://www.thp.org/learn_more/issues/know_your_world_facts_about_hunger_and_poverty?gclid=CK2AgvTDqL0CFbBj7AodoDsAfg :
Asia: 552 million; Sub-Saharan Africa: 223 million; Latin America and the Caribbean: 47 million.
Could we find a poverty-related common denominator that unites all those regions? Yes, we could, and this common denominator is a different, non-Jewish definition for the REASON for human existence.
There are many religions in the world regions in hunger – let’s take one of them the Buddhism as an example.
The Buddhism is teaching that life is permeated with suffering caused by desire, that suffering ceases when desire ceases, and that enlightenment obtained through right conduct, wisdom, and meditation releases one from desire, suffering, and rebirth.
If you have no desire, no cravings for anything, you stop creating and advanced building, you stop educating yourselves to obtain needed skills for creating and advanced building – and therefore you don’t create material goods needed to eliminate the “cycle of poverty”. In other words, you are doomed to poverty.
You are doomed to poverty as well if you hope to get a better life in your next re-incarnation – not by your creative work right now here on this earth; or you prefer to wait for a better life in the Heavens.
Contrary to all that, the REASON for human existence in Judaism, and this reason is dominant in the Judeo-Christian countries of Western civilization, is completely different – you have to create, first of all to create material goods, since the humans are created in the image and likeness of God the Creator. In Judaism and in the entire Judeo-Christian world of Western civilization we have to desire, we have to crave – our cravings are what moves us to create and to build a better, no-poverty world here on this earth.