I knew the title of this post would get your attention but this is the question I intend to answer in this post. One of the most horrific events in world history was the Holocaust. Millions of Jews in Germany lost their lives under the iron fist of Adolf Hitler. Most people would probably admit that Adolf Hitler was the worst human to ever walk this earth with Stalin being the second and he is currently burning in hell or is he?
According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum “The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.” According to Hitler and his writings, he truly believed he was doing the will of God. I am sad to admit that as a Christian I can remember thinking that the Jews were reaping their just reward for crucifying Jesus. It didn’t seem to bother me that 6 MILLION Jews including women and children were being brutally murdered because after all look at what they did to Jesus. Looking back now, I can clearly see how deeply indoctrinated I was into the Christian faith and I am truly ashamed of myself.
How sick must one person be to actually think that these children deserved this type of treatment? Well, to answer that question let’s look at what Adolf Hitler had to say, “My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison. To-day, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow my self to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice… And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows . For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people.” –Adolf Hitler, in a speech on 12 April 1922 (Norman H. Baynes, ed. The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922-August 1939, Vol. 1 of 2, pp. 19-20, Oxford University Press, 1942).
According to Hitler he was going God’s will. Well, lets look at God’s will for a moment: “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he set himself against him on the way while he was coming up from Egypt. Now go and strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.” 1 Samuel 15:2-3). Isn’t that interesting? God had Saul kill EVERY man, woman, CHILD, INFANT and all the livestock. There is no telling what those EVIL livestock did to deserve death, but we do have to keep our eyes open for all deadly sheep out there!
So, I will leave it up to you to make your own assumption about whether Hitler, the Christian that he claimed to be, was doing God’s work and following in God’s footsteps OR was he simply using his religion to justify the killing of millions? I wonder if someone tried to stop he if he would claim that they are infringing on his religious rights?