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At earliest formation of Nazi Party, Hitler expressed his Christian support to German people and soldiers. In 1920s, Hitler's German Workers' Party (pre Nazi terminology) adopted a twenty-five-point program with clear intent to persuade German people that "positive Christianity" was in full conformity to "moral" convictions of Party—i.e., Party fully embraced morality of Christianity and that Christianity was viewed as "singular" in minds of that Party—Catholic and Protestants were considered as foundation of German Christianity in its fullness and jurisdiction (the Party embraced both as one). "MY LORD AND SAVIOR . . . IN THE BOUNDLESS LOVE AS A CHRISTIAN . . . HE HAD TO SHED HIS BLOOD UPON THE CROSS. My feelings as a Christian point me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to man who once in loneliness, surrounded only by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them. This is God's truth! He was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through passage which tells us how Lord at last rose in His might and seized scourge to drive out of Temple brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for world against Jewish poison. Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before in fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have duty to be a fighter for truth and justice.... "And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is distress that daily grows. For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people.
"When I go out in morning and see these men standing in their queues and look into their pinched faces, then I believe I would be no Christian, but a very devil, if I felt no pity for them, if I did not, as did our Lord two thousand years ago, turn against those by whom today this poor people is plundered and exploited."
[Note, "Brood of vipers" appears in Matt. 3:7 & 12:34. John 2:15 depicts Jesus driving out moneychangers (adders) from temple.] Adolf Hitler, in his speech on 12 April 1922 “We were convinced that people needs and requires this faith. We have therefore undertaken fight against atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical declarations: we have stamped it out.” --Adolf Hitler, in a speech in Berlin on 24 October 1933 Indeed, Hitler's speeches and proclamations, even more clearly, reveal his faith and feelings toward a Christianized Germany. Nazism presents an embarrassment to Christianity and demonstrates danger of blending "faith with politics." Do you find it "spiritually disconcerting" to discover depth of Hitler's hermeneutic? How about his exegesis of Matthew 3:7, 12:34 and John 2:15? Hitler's depiction of Jesus as FIGHTER, not as sufferer, is a distortion of Scriptural intent of this reading; however, without knowing full contextual nature of Word, one could (as Hitler did) surmise a MILITANT JESUS is in view, and not a suffering Jesus.
It has been said, "the Bible can be read to say anything!" Examples abound: "Judas hung himself . . . go thou and do likewise!" This classic piece of cut and paste, though stupid, is precisely what many so-called expositors do with Word of God—Hitler was no exception. But, shedding of blood of Jesus as ultimate payment for "truth and justice and German way" is frightening and turns true Christianity on its head! Note that Hitler claims to be a Christian and, as such, he has a duty to his own people—he too, like Jesus, must be a fighter for truth and justice--he must rid Temple of moneychangers, of abominable Jews who harass his people, like Jesus did. The German people, according to Hitler, were being "plundered and exploited" and he would be NO CHRISTIAN if he didn't do something about it. Hitler's identification as a Christian was one of activism--not in name only! In this artful persuasion he under girded German people in their predisposition to anti-Semitism, full spiritual justification for their participation in "Final Solution."
In sum: Hitler showed his disdain for atheism, and pagan cults, and revealed strength of his Christian feelings--make no doubt about that. Likewise, his was no meaningless and superficial theology--it was clearly demarcated and set forth in all its hideous implications with righteous gusto.
CHURCH UNITY--HITLER WAS A FIRM BELIEVER IN IT
"It will at any rate be my supreme task to see to it that in newly awakened NSDAP, adherents of both Confessions can live peacefully together side by side in order that they may take their stand in common fight against power, which is mortal foe of any true Christianity. " Adolf Hitler, in an article headed "A New Beginning," 26 Feb. 1925 "This is for us a ground for satisfaction, since we desire that fight in religious camps should come to an end... all political action in parties will be forbidden to priests for all time, happy because we know what is wanted by millions who long to see in priest only comforter of their souls and not representative of their political convictions."--Adolf Hitler, in a speech to men of SA at Dortmund, 9 July 1933, on day after signing of Concordat (Agreement with Roman Catholic Church, Papacy). The unity of Church is a recurrent message delivered by Hitler. His object, of course, was "against power" -- i.e., international Jewish conspiracy against Church, and, of course, German people and world in general. The technique of solidifying churches into "Hammer of God" was a strategy that appealed to vast majority of German Christians. That he would see in them such an instrument of righteous indignation was commending--both to them as object of his insight, and to himself for his discernment of such. It is my firm conviction that this is precisely what is happening in America today. The appeal to Christian religion in battle “against evil” within West is NOT an historic first! Don't be so quick to terminate this reading--let me explain. Who are those who most clearly understand language of THE EVIL AXIS? Who are those who clearly grasp "spiritual reality" behind Islamic terrorism? The current President is no fool in appealing to most religious in leading his charge against forces of evil that assail current drama. The appeal to religious unity in face of extremity is manifested in Islamic Jihad--Holy War. (Please cut/paste following address for remainder of article/with graphics as well: www.the-tribulation-network.com )
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