Was Hitler A Christian?

    There are quite a few varied thoughts concerning Hitler, which I find interesting. Some people don’t believe the Holocaust happened. Many college age students assume he was some kind of leader or seem unfamiliar with who he was. Yet there are some who say that he was a Christian. These people are the ones who use this as an excuse for not becoming a Christian. And there are some who absolutely hate Hitler and what he did in the Holocaust.

    First of all, why would someone say that Hitler was a Christian? The reason given is because those in his army wore belt buckles with the words ‘Gott mit uns’ which means ‘God with us’ in German. So, this group of people contend that Hitler was a Christian because of his army men wearing belt buckles indicating a trust in God. This is their excuse for not becoming a Christian.

    But what does the Bible say about that? Jesus says we will know if a person knows God by the fruit that is produced in his or her life. He uses the illustration of a tree. If a tree is bad, it will bear bad fruit. If a tree is good, it will bear good fruit. Jesus also compares hatred with murder. The apostle John contends that if a man hates his brother, he is a murderer, and no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

   The Bible has a lot to say about love. It tells us that the love we have for one another in the church is the mark of the disciple. One of the fruit of the Spirit is love. The church will be defined by its love for one another. Love is an action word. It involves sacrificing what we want for what is best for another. The Bible also tells us that ‘God is love’. It is a characteristic of who He is. 

   Does God hate? Yes. He hates sin. He hates rebellion against His truth. He hates those who oppress or take advantage of other people. He hates the wicked. But God is merciful, even to the wicked. The Bible says that ‘while we were still sinners, Christ died for us’. He is not willing that anyone should perish, but that everyone would come to repentance. People will perish if they do not turn to God in repentance and faith (trust) in Jesus Christ and what He has done to pay for our sins. God will never force us to believe in Him. We have to choose to respond.

   From observing Hitler’s life and activities, does it look like his life corresponded with God’s definition of love? Does love look like a fruit in his life? Does he bring glory to Jesus and point to Jesus’ death on the Cross for our sins? What kind of fruit do we see in his life?

   What do you think Hitler really believed in? What kind of worldview did he have? For one thing, he didn’t understand that all people are created in God’s image. He believed that some people groups were less than human. This thinking lines up with what Darwin believed in. Darwin believed that human beings came from apes, and that the black people were less developed than the white people, and that women were less developed than men. Of course, his thinking was based upon theory, but it was plausible to many people, and that is how Hitler thought. That kind of thinking is underlying in the minds of those who practice abortion. Abortion is a form of discrimination and it is also murder. Either people were created by God and are made in His image, or they developed over billions of years from some other life form. The latter is based upon speculation and wishful thinking. 

  Now you might be thinking that if human beings were created in God’s image, then they would be perfect. Or, you might possibly be thinking that if people are created in God’s image, and they are as evil as they are, that means God must be a tyrant. But neither of those thoughts are accurate because you have to take into consideration the fall of mankind, as recorded in Genesis chapter 3. We have the incident written down for us of what happened. God created a beautiful garden for Adam and Eve to live in. Not only that, but God would come down and communicate with Adam. There was no sickness, pain, or suffering in the world yet. God gave orders (and He was generous) to Adam and Eve about eating what was in the Garden. They had access to every tree (and there were a lot to choose from) except one tree, which was called, ‘The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil’. 

   Not only did God make people, animals and plant life on planet earth, but He also made an angelic realm of beings. These angels were made to serve God and they are in awe of who He is. They are more powerful than human beings, but interestingly, they were not created in God’s image. At one point, and we don’t when this was, a beautiful angel named ‘Lucifer’ decided he was going to be more powerful and higher than God. At this rebellion, God threw him down to earth. He took a third of the angels with him. These angels are going to be punished by God in the ‘Lake of Fire’ at the Judgment. But in the meantime, Lucifer, or Satan, is here on earth, continually tempting people to sin against a holy God.

   So Adam and Eve are living in this beautiful garden and the devil (which is another term for Satan) went into a snake and asked Eve (notice it wasn’t Adam) about the fruit of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Eve told the snake that they weren’t allowed to eat from it because God told them not to. Satan lied to Eve and told her that she would become like God if she were to eat it. She thought about it, and took the fruit and decided to eat it. Then Adam came along and she gave some to him to eat. He didn’t stop her but enjoined her in eating the fruit. That was the beginning of all the problems we see on earth today. God pronounced a curse on the earth, on the devil, on Adam and Eve. But God also promised that He would send a Redeemer to rescue people from the power of the devil. 

   So, today we see the results of that event. They will continue like this until the end of time. One day, God will make everything new. Those who know Him, and are cleansed from their sins will live in this renewed place. The rest will be punished with the devil and his angels in hell. 

   This is why people act like Hitler did, and carry out monstrous acts such as those committed during the Holocaust. Yes, human beings who were created in God’s image, can be very evil. This is attested throughout History. It will continue until a day when it will be the last day. God sent a flood to destroy the earth and those who rebelled against Him, and next He will destroy the earth by fire. Until then we will see much suffering, hatred, violence, war, sicknesses, and a host of other undesirables.

   Yes, Hitler wore a belt buckle that said he trusted in God. People today wear T-shirts that say they love God. We have bumper stickers that indicate our love for God. I am not saying these things are wrong, but what is our motive for having them? Anyone can wear a Christian worded T-shirt. I have seen the bumper sticker that says ‘Honk if you love Jesus’ and someone honks, then the person in the car shoots a bird at the person who honked at him/her. If we wear those kinds of T-shirts and have those kinds of bumper stickers, let’s make sure our lives line up with the word of God. That way, it might provide an opportunity to share the Gospel with someone who might be curious.

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2 Comments

  1. Matt M said,

    January 15, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Hi, I found this post b/c I have researched this issue in the past, and it was brought up to me again by an atheist, so I was just doing some searching agian to review what I had found in the past.
    Everything you said is absolutely correct; but I think it is important to note that Atheiests aren’t very concerned about what it says in the Bible, or about the fruits people produce and this sort of thing.
    I have been absolutely astonished in my research the extent to which Atheists will simply make things up (I do not know if they are intentionally doing this, or if its just the info they get).
    “gott min uns” was a phrase on all manner of emblems and uniforms, including belts, for generations before Hitler. I’ve seen, many sources for this, and here’s a source that is recognizable I guess by most (or certainly people like that anyhow):
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gott_mit_uns

    One thing I’ve found w/ Atheists, is that you never believe a word they’re saying in respect to facts. ALWAYS ask for the source. They’ll usually start making fun of you or something, or talking about your IQ etc etc. But ask for the original sources (and dates, this is imporant). If they refuse to give them, refuse to believe a word they say. Go look for it yourself before you believe that its a true point.

    A good example of this is the notion that the New Test plagiarized from “other myths”. They’ll give you example after example of gods being born in stables, turning water into wine, having wise men (you name it, they’ve claimed it). This sort of thing can definitely make a person have doubts. When you hear this nonsense, ask for the source, source content and date (this is all VERY important, i’ve had people give me sources where the year was like 100 AD when I looked into it, and others give me sources, but if you read the content it doesn’t sound anything at all like they claimed). All of these things are made up lies. There was no god born in a manger (Egyptologists think Horus was born in a swamp or a cave, but not sure. SInce caves were sometime used as mangers, to them Horus was born in a manger), there is no 3 wise men in myth (the example they give in the Book of the Dead is 3 stars of Orien constellation,and to Atheist this could be the “three wisemen”, even though the Bible doesn’t say 3), no one turned water into wine (dionysus was the god of grape harvest, wine and ecstacy… so to them, this equals “miracuously making wine”). The absolute best example that I have seen them give so far, is that Osiris was referred to as “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”, but I think so was Nebuchadnezzar, Caesar and others. This apparently was a common term for authoritarians god-men in ancient history as well.
    Anyhow… about the belt, or anything at all; always find source, source date and source content ! Make sure its legitimate, not some Atheist website.

    • awestruck09 said,

      January 15, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      Thanks. Your thoughts are very insightful. Another silly idea that Atheists have is that Noah’s Ark was a myth and one reason to prove that, according to their thinking, is that all over the world there are Flood Legends. That is a true fact, but in no way contradicts the event that happened in Genesis 6. In fact, it gives validity to the event of the Flood. I have to unpack all my thoughts on it so I can make a good case for it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. It is very encouraging.


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