by Susan Perlman | May 23 2014
Why all the suffering in the world? Why isn’t there real and lasting peace? Why all the persecutions in the name of Jesus? Why don’t rabbis believe in him? Why doesn’t he say so?
There is an answer for each of these questions, if you are interested. Of course, if you’re only looking to disprove Jesus’ claims, no answer will satisfy. But if you’re a seeker of truth, willing to accept the truth where it is found (even if it is Jesus), won’t you read on?
Why not? We live in a cause-and-effect world, and sin (wrongdoing) causes suffering. If sin hadn’t been introduced into the world at the very beginning, there would be no disease or hunger, and pain would be unknown. To put an end to suffering, the sin problem has to be resolved—and that is why Yeshua (Jesus) came. Concerning suffering, Jesus said, “In the world there will be tribulation but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
The peace that Jesus offers is available now to any Jew or Gentile who accepts him. It’s a peace for your heart. Sure, most people are for world peace, but lasting peace starts within people, one at a time. Jesus says, “My shalom I give you… do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).
Persecution against individuals and groups of people has been carried out under many banners: the banner of justice and morality, the banner of freedom, the banner of a better world. That it is also carried out under the banner of Messiah Jesus is only another indicator of how people justify their unjustifiable acts.
A few do. But their status in the Jewish community ceases at that point and they are no longer rabbis. The vast majority of rabbis do not believe in Jesus for the same reason you don’t. To consider Jesus’ claims means risking important relationships as well as admitting that all your knowledge, noble deeds and good intentions are not enough to make a relationship with the Creator possible.
Despite what you may have heard, he did. You can read Yeshua’s own words in the New Testament. See Matthew 16:15-57, John 4:25-26 and John 11:25-27. We hope you will check it out for yourself.
If you find these answers unsettling, please know that isn’t our intention. We understand that the truth is not always comfortable or convenient—but it is, well… the truth.
So if these answers speak to you, we invite you to speak to God. Because if Jesus is the Messiah, don’t you owe it to yourself to find out?