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      Various understandings of the holocaust are considered, and there is more on the value of human life. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Jellytot” (Level 2 with 461 points, a member since October 31, 2011) posted the following:

How should the holocaust be remembered?

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THE BATTLE AXE: The Price of Humanity? (12/13/2012)—The birth, death, resurrection, and eternal continuance of GOD in a human form through the person of Jesus Christ proclaims that Almighty GOD places an enormous value upon mankind. Full definition for both “humanity” and “life” also must describe the impact, presence and operation of divinity through and upon what mankind has been, now is, and will become. The quality of human existence emerges through divine abundance, diversity, joy, the beauty of the natural world, and the range of possibility within Creation. Before GOD, control, dominance, ownership and power are less relevant to the beauty of mankind. With this in view, we may say the people of GOD are marked by self-respect without the exaggerations of pride. Human worth should not be understood only in the terms of accomplishments, ambition, behavior, desire, destiny, personal goals, and predetermined fate. Academic history centered upon conflict and discovery are not enough to display the highest levels whereby humanity merits esteem. Limits from circumstances and material conditions may be exceeded and transcended through the divine content that resides within an individual. We find it is a principle for valuing others within human relationships that even the errors of a child, as he speaks his first words or takes his first steps, are precious and further bind them to their parents and others. Sacred authority, holy person, and sovereign wisdom permit human excellence among those who praise, serve and worship despite mortality, poverty, sickness and suffering. Mankind is priceless when functioning as a jewel of Creation that emits and makes visible the spectrum of divine grace.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood; And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst: The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven. And the LORD shall separate him unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this book of the law: So that the generation to come of your children that shall rise up after you, and the stranger that shall come from a far land, shall say, when they see the plagues of that land, and the sicknesses which the LORD hath laid upon it; And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath: Even all nations shall say, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus unto this land? what meaneth the heat of this great anger? Then men shall say, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them forth out of the land of Egypt: For they went and served other gods, and worshipped them, gods whom they knew not, and whom he had not given unto them: (Deuteronomy 29: 18-26, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Content of Prayer (01/29/2012); Dispatch 17: The Ally (In Heaven (08/25/2011); Dispatch 9: Peace (Peace, Peace) 08/17/2011; Tragedy? (10/23/2010)

      Much confusion now surrounds the holocaust; and there is no agreement upon its most important benefits and lessons to humankind. For many of us, the holocaust was merely a geopolitical event having global consequences, and a peculiar tragedy that is recorded in world history. The idea that the holocaust was only a cultural experience of a peculiar ethnic group is broadly held. By contrast, there are many who understand the Shoah as having been a demonstration of human faith, how suffering is overcome, the spirit of survival, and the ultimate triumph of righteousness. Also, many hold that the holocaust must be recognized as a judgment of GOD to warn mankind against lawlessness, rebellion and sin.

      For believers in Jesus Christ as Messiah, Redeemer, and Savior, the spiritual significance of the holocaust has to be seen in harmony with sacred history as recorded in the holy writings (e.g., the Old Testament, the Torah, and the Gospel). The holocaust must be accepted as a further appearance of continuing covenant and divinity whereby Almighty GOD is revealed as immutable and unchanging in spite of human process, purpose and suffering. To view the holocaust apart from the imperatives for life generated by GOD is to deny that human potential includes a capacity to express the divine nature. Men become no different than animals and material objects; and a significant dimension for full being and person will be dismissed, neglected and undernourished.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, for those who are in covenant, a day of active atonement is more appropriate than observing a passive memorial day or national day of mourning to remember the holocaust. There is no further need for a holiday of self-indulgence, and the putting away of ones usual duties. Instead, there ought to be activity, service and submission that produce change, understanding and unity.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC