Several months ago, I watched a powerful film on PBS called God On Trial. The movie is set during the Holocaust, and a group of Jewish men hold a trial to see if God is guilty of breaking his covenant with the Jewish people. This is an incredible story about ‘the problem of evil,’ the nature of God, atheism, faith, etc., and I have been unable to stop thinking about it for six months now. Here is why:
During the trial, one of the Rabbis lists all of the evil things God has done in the Torah. Genocide, cruelty, killing the innocent, etc. He then says that “[God] is not good, He is not good…He has just been on our side.”
This has, quite literally, troubled my sleep. What if God isn’t good? I mean, in His own book, in the Old Testament, He does some pretty horrific stuff. If God is not good, or not all good, a lot of what’s wrong with our world become explicable. So…how do we know that God is good when He Himself has done things that are not good?
Eli Wiesel, the author of Night, says that the trial actually took place when he was a child in Auschwitz. After God was found guilty, the Rabbis all went off to pray. Talk about faith, huh?