ISIS claims to be the only true Muslims, so do we characterize all Muslims by what ISIS does? No? then why is the terrorist known as Adolf Hitler a fair characterization of 2.2 billion Christians? The super majority in Germany during Hitlers time were Catholic and Protestant. For a political figure to rise to power in Germany, the person would he need the support of the 95% of those people who identified as Christian?
Lets look at this logic for a moment;
- Bad cop means the institution (the idea) of law enforcement is bad?
- The atheist Jozef Stalin was responsible for 15 million murdered people, so atheists are terrorists and murderers?
I think the point is made. The claim that Christianity is false or evil because of Hitler’s behavior is plain bigotry. You do not assess who Jesus is by other peoples actions. People are easily swayed and subject to pride and desire for control, that is why we need Jesus.
The “church” is not a building, it is not an organization. It is the personal relationship between one person and God. You don’t like hypocrites? Either does God.
Matthew 23:13; “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you shut the door of the Kingdom of Heaven in people’s faces.” – Jesus
Matthew 15:7-9; “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.”-Jesus
HOSTILE TO THE CHURCH
It is true that Hitler was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic church when he was a young boy. His mother was Catholic, but his father was an atheist. Hitler used religious rhetoric when it was politically expedient, as he knew the power religion had over people. Germany was about 95% Christian in 1939.
Once in power the Nazi party adopted a form of Christianity called “Positive Christianity“. This belief did not require belief in the deity of Christ, nor the belief in the Apostles Creed. The sect also severed the religions tie to Judaism, as Jews were considered evil and non human.
Historians say although Hitler used Christianity for political gain, there was no evidence in his personal life that he believed in the tenets of Christianity.¹
“The Party stands on the basis of Positive Christianity, and positive Christianity is National Socialism… National Socialism is the doing of God’s will… God’s will reveals itself in German blood… Dr Zoellner and [Catholic Bishop of Münster] Count Galen have tried to make clear to me that Christianity consists in faith in Christ as the son of God. That makes me laugh… No, Christianity is not dependent upon the Apostle’s Creed… True Christianity is represented by the party, and the German people are now called by the party and especially the Fuehrer to a real Christianity… the Fuehrer is the herald of a new revelation”.²
Hitler may have publicly identified himself as a Christian, but his Christianity had no resemblance to the bible. Then again, how could it? Hitler removed all Jewish writings from the bible, including the entire Old Testament and declared Jesus an Aryan, not a Jew. Hitler had little to do with Christ and everything to do with revisionism and power. He was not the first one to rewrite the bible for his own purposes and he wasn’t the last.
Whether the Catholic Church excommunicated Hitler or not is immaterial. Being a child of God isn’t like having an health club membership. Hitler was an apostate and heretic who persecuted the Catholic church, as he allowed his inner circle to nationalize a German church while persecuting the Catholic church.
If Adolf Hitler is keeping you from investigating the bible, you need not worry. Hitler was neither a believer in the bible, nor the Son of God. He was more interested in Darwin’s theory of Evolution and the survival of the fittest. The fittest being the German “Aryan” race.
- Laurence Rees (2012). The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler. Ebury Press. p. 135.
- Hans Kerrl, Nazi Minister for Church Affairs, 1937