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Jews, God and the Nobel Prize
Israel - Middle East
Thursday, May 17, 2012
J.L. Robb

Last week I read yet another article about a scientific, medical breakthrough coming out of Israel. It’s certainly not an ''unusual'' event.  There have been many Nobel Prize winners from the Jewish community, more than any other single community.  So are they ''different'' than mankind in general?

Last week a press release revealed that a cancer vaccine that keeps 90% of cancer from returning was reported out of Israel.  Vaxil Bio Therapeutics was founded in 2006 by Israeli scientist Dr. Lior Carmon and is headquartered near Ness Ziona in central Israel.  Dr. Carmon has a PhD in immunology, earned at the Weismann Institute of Science.  Vaxil’s therapeutic cancer vaccine is in final clinical trials at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem and should be available within six years.

The Jewish people have made many medical, chemical and other scientific breakthroughs and have won more Nobel Prizes than any other group.  From 1901 to 2011 the Jewish people have accounted for 22% of all individual prize recipients and 36% of all United States recipients. Following is a breakdown:

  • Chemistry: 32 prize winners
  • Economics: 28 prize winners
  • Literature: 13 prize winners
  • Peace: 9 prize winners
  • Physics: 49 prize winners
  • Medical: 54 prize winners

The Jewish people have won almost a third of all Nobel Prizes from 1901-2011 while making up only .2% of the world population.

So are Jewish people “different” from non-Jewish folk?  Apparently.

According to a study published in Nature on June 3, 2010, Jews world-wide have a common genetic thread.  Harry Ostrer, a geneticist at New York University who was the study’s lead author, stated that there “does seem to be a genetic basis to Jewishness.”

With all this evidence, one must ask: Are the Jews truly God’s Chosen People?

In THE END The Book: Part Two, though fiction, I discuss the God’s Chosen aspect of Jewishness. I will include the chapter here, but a brief synopsis is necessary.

The “preacher” in this story is a man named Enoch (like Adam’s great grandson) who has a severe speech impediment, except when he is preaching.  Enoch stutters so much he is hardly understandable.  The story takes place at a small white church named Ephesus, sitting in a large field of Daffodils.

THE END The Book: Part Two

Chapter Thirty-Five

“When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the grave clothes and let him go.’” John 11: 43-44 NIV

“Follow the path so you don’t mess up the daffodils.”

Jeff followed Missy T up the path to the front door of the little white church named Ephesus. He couldn’t remember how he got here, or even his night’s sleep; but here he was.

“Shhhh,” and Missy T held her finger to her lips.

The front door opened quietly; and the little white church in the daffodil field was nearly full. What an eclectic group of people he noted, he was always noting; and Jeff sat down in the back pew. There seemed to be a few Sunday-go-to-meeting Christians, a Muslim or two, a few rough-looking motorcycle types. A man who looked to be a monk sat on the floor, but the preacher with the deep voice commanded their attention. Except for the deep voice, not a booming voice, just deep; the church was as silent as a mouse.

Enoch looked directly at the young man in the front pew. The kid was pale with fluffy hair and five earrings adorned each ear, another looped through his nose. He wore a tan T-shirt emblazoned with ATHEIST and PROUD with the U.S. Marine Corps emblem centered below.

“Listen up kid, you’ll learn somthin’ don’tcha know.” Enoch spoke without a stutter. “Today’s sermon is about how the Jew’s got to be God’s chosen people.”

“The Jews were not God’s chosen people in the beginning, don’tcha know. Nope, in the beginning, God had a different plan. At that time he didn’t have a chosen people, he had a chosen person, don’tcha know. That would be Adam. God made him out of dust. Imagine that? Dust. He made life out of rocks, organic life from inorganic stuff, don’tcha know. It’s not possible, o’ course, to make life out of dust; but he did it, yes he did.

“Now I don’t know what you might know about dust, but making a man out of dust is impossible! In the world of chemistry, there is inorganic chemistry… dust, rocks, grains of sand; and then there is organic chemistry which grows things, plants and critters, don’tcha know. It would be impossible to take inorganic chemistry, dead stuff, and turn it into organic chemistry, live stuff. But God did it anyway, he made his chosen person out of dead stuff; and then it was live stuff. That’s amazing, don’tcha think?”

Jeff couldn’t believe what he was seeing, and hearing. Enoch spoke in a compelling way, to say the least; and his antics were those of a great actor. The monk stared ahead, unmoved. Was that Enoch? He looked… different. He leaned over and spoke softly into Missy T’s ear, “Is that Enoch up there?”

“It is Enoch.”

“But he talks; well... he speaks so eloquently, and deeply. He isn’t stuttering at all.” Jeff started to add don’tcha know, but didn’t.

“Yeah, that’s the strange part. When he’s preaching, his voice is flawless... don’tcha know?” She smiled at him, and he thought for a moment she looked kind of angelic.

“But Adam was lonely, so this time God made him a mate, only he didn’t make it out of inorganic stuff. He made Adam’s mate out of live stuff, Adam’s rib. Says so right there in your Bible and Torah.” Enoch held up both; and the crowd took a copy of each from the book trough on the back of each pew, even the kid.

“So God’s chosen people in the beginning were Adam and his new companion, Eve. Now I know the ‘progressives’ say their names weren’t Adam and Eve, that the names were just ‘symbolic’ or some nonsense; but that’s not the truth, let me tell ya. We’ll have a sermon on Charles Darwin later.

“God offered the two a life in paradise, the Garden of Eden, and only gave them one rule to follow. Now think about that. If you woke up from nothingness and you found yourself in a land of paradise and were told you could just live there in comfort, forever, do you think you could follow a single rule? I think so!

“Well, they didn’t; and God got really, really ticked. You see, God didn’t need people; people needed God. God created people for his pleasure, not the people’s pleasure, don’tcha know. Says so right there in your Bible and Torah.” Enoch again held both books in the air.

“Now God was sorely mad at the two and promptly kicked their disrespectful butts out of paradise, don’tcha see; because they couldn’t even keep one simple rule. He closed the gates and left angels to make sure they couldn’t get back in to the other tree. Think about that. God punished mankind for their disobedience, and the punishment was death, don’tcha know. We were supposed to live forever, ‘til they did their stuff. If they coulda somehow got to the other tree, the tree of life, then the world woulda been filled with bad people who lived forever. Not good.

“Adam and Eve suffered the first bout of human depression, and became wanderers in the wilderness. Because of that rule, that one stinkin’ little rule that they couldn’t keep, we inherited death, don’tcha see. Death was the punishment for breaking the rule. Thanks Adam. You shoulda manned up and just said ‘no.’”

Jeff thought Enoch had quite a way with words and followed the man’s presentation with interest. It wasn’t really a sermon, more of a lecture from a great professor. The time seemed to be almost at a stand-still. It was entertaining if nothing else.

“So God pretty much turned his back on people, yes he did. Made some appearances now and then, finally helped Noah build his boat, don’tcha know; because God didn’t like what he saw on his return trips. He decided enough is enough, he no longer liked his creation and decided to end it all, maybe start over, maybe not. Except wait! He loved Noah, because Noah loved God, one of the few in those days. Most were pagans and worshipped rocks and statues, or they were atheists and thought all of it was BS.

“Now today, we can all thank Noah for being God’s buddy; ‘cause otherwise we would not be here. We are all direct descendants of Noah, yessiree we are.

“Doc, we have a heartbeat.” The voice again. It was really getting annoying, and Jeff wondered if he was going crazy.

“Finally, many years after the flood, God homed in on a man named Abraham, a Godly sort of man. Well, he was actually named Abram at the time; but God renamed him. He did that sometimes, don’tcha know.

“God told Abraham to gather his family and move away from all his friends and into the desert. I know that was a strange request; but Abraham believed his ears and did what God asked, unlike Adam. God said he would make Abraham’s children numerous, like the sands of the sea; and it happened. Through Abraham we got Isaac, Abraham’s legitimate son, and Ishmael, Abraham’s illegitimate son. Ishmael was born ‘cause Abraham’s wife encouraged him to sleep with Hagar the slave-girl, don’tcha see. They needed kids, but Abraham’s wife couldn’t have none; so Ishmael solved that problem, or so it seemed. But that’s another story.

“Abraham finally kicked Ishmael and Hagar out of town, so to speak, and into the desert. That’s what they did back then. Ishmael became the father of the Arab race, and thus the eventual father of Islam, don’tcha see. Isaac received Abraham’s inheritance, and Ishmael got nothing. That is just one of the reasons that Muslims hate Jews to this day, they were left out of the booty, don’tcha know.

“Wake up kid, and pay attention! Finally Isaac and his wife, Rebekah, had two sons, Jacob and Esau; but God really favored Jacob over his twin brother. God finally renamed Jacob, he does that sometimes, and Jacob became known as Israel. Jacob’s twelve sons became the twelve tribes of Israel, and Israel was born.

“And that’s how the children of Israel became God’s chosen people. Now don’t get me wrong. Being God’s ‘chosen’ was sometimes a pain in the butt, don’tcha see. Adam and Eve had it easy when they were chosen, because they only had one rule. Not so with the Israelites, who found themselves burdened with 613 rules to follow. If the Israelites followed every single rule, they would live another life after death, a forever life don’tcha know. If not, they would eventually die, and that would be it. No eternal life, like was promised for obedience to the Law of Moses, that’s what the 613 rules were called, just back to nothingness like Adam was before he was Adam. Now what are the chances of that happening?

“Israelis did not become known as Jews until there was a split between the tribes. The ten northern tribes became known as Israel, at least until those ten tribes were lost; and the two southern tribes became Judah, from which the word Jew is derived, don’tcha know.”

“I think he might make it. His eyelids are fluttering.” The voice.

“So now you know how the Jews got to be God’s chosen, only it was really the Israelis, the children of Israel.  Now a lot of churches today…”

Enoch’s voice faded; and suddenly Jeff’s vision became disoriented, like the pixilated TV image when the satellite loses signal. Enoch faded in and then out, his voice no longer clear, but muddled. Jeff reached to his right to see if Missy T was still there, but his hand felt nothing. He jerked uncontrollably. What was happening?

One of my closest friends is a nice Jewish lady named Jill who I have known for many years.  When I mention that I believe Jewish folk are God’s Chosen People, she indicates that she doesn’t think so.  I do not think this is denial as much as many Jews do not want to be considered “special” because of all the anti-Semitism that seems to come along with it.

Some churches and most Muslims believe that they are now God’s Chosen, because the Jews didn’t recognize the Messiah when he came; and of course Muslims believe that God was a Muslim named Allah.  This is directly contradictory to the Old and New Testaments, which were written 2,000 years earlier than the Quran.  Therefore, these groups believe that God broke his covenant with the Jewish people; because they didn’t hold up their side of the bargain.  While Muslims “claim” that there never was a “chosen people” and that the Jews made it up, they believe that only the flawless are righteous, like them (chosen).

Not so.  God’s covenant with the Jews is forever-lasting, through thick-and-thin; and God will maintain this covenant. He knew from the beginning that his Chosen would “backslide” and he described them as stiff-necked.  Who wouldn’t backslide with 613 laws to follow?  Adam and Eve couldn’t even follow a single rule.

"Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God."  Genesis 17: 3-8 NIV

The Jewish people are special, and one needs to look no further than the Noble Prize winners.

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