I debated for some time about whether or not I wanted to touch on this topic, but being that it’s Holocaust remembrance day, I figured I would provide a brief post since a lot of atheists have been using Hitler as an argument against God.
Firstly, I would like to say that using specific individuals as a means to prove or disprove the existence of God is ridiculous, and any logical or rational person should be able to understand this. When it comes to this particular argument, there is a flaw that should be abundantly clear. When an Atheist presents this argument to me, this is what I see:
A. The same thing can be said about any group of people
B. Joseph Stalin, for example, killed roughly 17 million people vs Hitler’s estimated 12 million. While that doesn’t seem like a big difference, I encourage you to remember the key word, ‘million.’
C. Stalin was openly atheist, while Hitler’s religious views are still being debated.
“He (Stalin) officially adopted the Russian Communist Party’s stance on religion, claiming atheism and continuing the tradition of teaching atheism in schools and propagating the idea that religion was only damaging to a perfect communist society.”
D. Should I conclude that God exists then?
Atheism was at the head of this monstrous leader’s viewpoint, so following the logic that is normally used against christianity, atheism caused Stalin’s slaughters, and atheism shouldn’t be followed.
It’s really quite silly.
“You know, they are fooling us, there is no God… all this talk about God is sheer nonsense.” – Stalin
Now, without going down that road of “arguments”, (if you’re curious about it, here is a link to a website that makes me laugh quite a bit, http://www.evilbible.com/hitler_was_christian.htm)
We must ask – was Hitler really a Christian?
The simple answer? No.
According to evilbible.com (the link that I posted for you above), “The Holocaust was caused by Christian fundamentalism.”
This bold proclamation is quite baffling to me. Before we get into Hitler as a person, let’s go over why this is a poor conclusion to make.
1. Christianity preaches love. (Love your neighbor, Love your God, etc.)
2. Christianity is a belief, and can’t CAUSE something.
3. People caused the Holocaust. Period.
4. The Holocaust targeted the Jews, whose culture operated on the beliefs of Judaism, which formed Christianity.
See the problems yet?
There’s also this thing called “free will” that allows people to do what they want. Oh and there is this: “You shall not murder.”(Exodus 20:13, NIV)
Hitler Wasn’t A Christian.
Listed below is how we can determine that Hitler wasn’t a Christian, whether he believed himself to actually be one or not. It can be condensed down to two points.
1. Hitler was a Politician.
This may seem irrelevant, but I assure you that it is not. It’s important to remember that Adolf Hitler was a politician, and a smart one at that. He managed to convince thousands of people to follow his skewed perception. Remember that?
Hitler needed the support of the Catholic Church in order to implement his work. It should be remembered that politicians goals are to convince the people to believe what they believe. In order to accomplish what he wanted, Hitler needed all of the support he could get.
Obviously, when a man says something to convince others to follow him, it doesn’t automatically make his statements true. Hitler saying he was christian was a political move to gain favor with the masses.
2. Christianity’s Goal and Christ
What defines a Christian anyway? Simply put, a Christian is defined as a person whom accepts Christ in their life and dedicates their life to following and acting on Christ’s teachings. Most people can agree that Hitler doesn’t fit into this definition.
If for some reason you disagree, think of this: Hitler hated Jews and murdered millions of them. Jewish beliefs (Judaism) led to Christianity. Christ was a Jewish man. We can make the jump that Hitler would have tried to murder Jesus Christ had they existed during the time period.
So, Hitler was Christian, but would murder the man that his beliefs were founded by?
I want to end this post by saying this:
We cannot condemn a belief, world view, or group of people based on an individual’s actions or an individual using their belief as a tool for a selfish cause.
We should all remember that if we are going to debate the existence of God, it should be less of a debate and more of a conversation.
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