Suffering isn’t a blessing, it’s a curse. Jews are obligated to alleviate all human misery.
This is a published opinion by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. He proclaim some interesting arguments about how the Jewish views on suffering are different from the Christian views on the same topic.
«Jewish values maintain that there is no good that comes from suffering that could not have come through a more blessed means».
He continued with a bid to understand the Jewish Apostles Paul:
«Paul even made suffering an obligation, encouraging the fledgling Christians to share in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus».
Than he continues:
«But Judaism, in prophesying a perfect Messianic future where there is no death or pain ultimately rejects the suffering-is-redemptive narrative. Suffering isn’t a blessing, it’s a curse. Jews are obligated to alleviate all human misery»
«Suffering leaves you bitter rather than blessed, scarred rather than humble. Few endure suffering without serious and lasting trauma. Suffering leads to a tortured spirit and a pessimistic outlook. It scars our psyches and creates a cynical consciousness, devoid and bereft of hope»
«Suffering causes us to dig out the insincerity in the hearts of our fellows and to be envious of other people’s happiness. If individuals do become better people as a result of their suffering, it is despite the fact that they suffered, not because of it. Ennoblement of character comes through triumph over suffering rather than its endurance».
Source: Jerusalem Post.
This Jewish Rabbi have not understood what kind of suffering Paul is speaking about. He even contradict the Tanakh, His own Bible.
Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Jesus suffered and was pierced for our transgressions and sins. Not his own. Paul is suffering for telling the truth about sins, and that God`s wrath will eventually come up on all who deny God the Son, even those who enjoy the party of their life.
For the first 300 years, almost all the followers of a Jewish Rabbi named Y´shua (Jesus) were Jews. Today, neither the majority of Jews, nor gentiles, are willing to accept the truth. That they are cursed in their sins, and that the blood of Jesus is the only remedy for sins. All sinful men will be separated from a good, just and loving God for eternity if they refused to be cleansed by the blood of the Jewish Messiah.
The people who persecuted and made Paul suffer, were first and foremost prominent men and teachers among his fellow Jews. They could not stand the truth about Jesus being the Messiah. They will one day face no one else than Him. Religious Jews are up for a surprise the day they will see Him, the Messiah who they have pierced.
Without faith in an eternal Kingdom of Heaven, no one will be able to suffer the pain of sharing the truth to a dying World. But our suffering is nothing compared to the eternal glory we will face the day We shall see King Messiah, Lord Jesus face to face.
Thats why our Master Jesus told us something this Rabbi simply needs to experience, before He can grasp that its possible. That a true Christian will rejoice in his sufferings….The Jews and Israel has also suffered a lot, but do they understand why?
Link to Rabbi Shmuley Boteach opinion in Jerusalem Post: Click here
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