Millions of people around the world have wrestled with this very issue. With everything that hangs in the balance, it’s easy to see why so many take the question so seriously.
Apparently, even Adolf Hitler had come to a conclusion on the matter.
Most people know the highlights – or lowlights – Hitler’s bio. He rose to power in Germany in the 1930s and was a major catalyst behind World War II, a global conflict that claimed the lives of approximately 25 million soldiers. The war also cost an additional 28 million civilians their lives in war-related activities, not including the 6 million Jews that were outright murdered during the Holocaust. In all, nearly 80 million people died in this bloodbath that Hitler so desperately wanted.
Some would call that insanity, and for good reason. But Hitler reserved the label of “insane” for something else: Christianity. Speaking to his evil inner circle, he made the following remarks about the Christian faith:
The insanity of the Christian doctrine of redemption really doesn’t fit at all into our time. Nevertheless there are learned, educated men, occupying high positions in public life, who cling to it with the faith of a child. It is simply incomprehensible how anybody can consider the Christian doctrine of redemption as a guide for the difficult life of today. One can regard such a disgusting idea only with disdain.
In short, Hitler thought Christianity just didn’t work anymore…if it ever did.
The testimony of history tells another story, though. Long after Hitler’s dream of “A Thousand-Year Reich” crumbled into ash, the “insane” redemption offered by Jesus continues to change countless lives.
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas. Thomas Nelson, 2010, Page 166.
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