It is a perennial topic. Because Atheists want to believe religion is bad, especially Christianity, they insist upon debating whether (telling us that he was, really) Hitler was a Christian. Since Mel Wild has had considerable, if unenviable, success in attracting Atheists to his website for debate, he thought it necessary to post The real roots of Hitler’s ideology. It is a good read, well worth your time, and some of the comments are too, but most will just leave you wondering. How could anyone think that?
How could anyone think that? How do we explain Hitler? How do we each explain our own capacity to sin? How do we explain Jesus’ death on the cross? Why does God hate sin so much?
After The Last Supper, before He prayed at the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus spoke to His disciples. and He told them of another prophecy that his enemies were fulfilling.
John 15:24-25 New King James Version (NKJV)
24 If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. 25 But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’
Here is the Old Testament verse Jesus referred to.
Psalm 69:4 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Those who hate me without a cause
Are more than the hairs of my head;
They are mighty who would destroy me,
Being my enemies wrongfully;
Though I have stolen nothing,
I still must restore it.
Who put Jesus up on that cross? Who did not? We all sin, and for no cause at all we often hate doing what is good, preferring to do what is evil.
Look at Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao Zedong…. the list goes on and on. Did those men brutally kill so many all by themselves? Is it not more normal for people like you and me to enslave our neighbors than it is to love them? Yet on Christmas Day Mary gave birth to Jesus, and Jesus grew up and lived a poor man’s life. Then He preached we should live in obedience to God and love each other. Finally, He redeemed us. He let men like you and me try Him, beat Him and then murder Him on a cross, and three days later He rose from the dead.
Why did He do it? His enemies, people like you and me, killed Him without a cause, but what cause did He have for allowing His enemies to murder Him?
1 John 4:7-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
Because God is love, He gives us every opportunity to repent of our sins, to love Him above all, and to love one another as we each love our self. This is the greatness of His mercy, withholding the punishment we deserve. This is the bounty of His grace, offering us a salvation we cannot earn. This is the magnitude of His glory, that vile and despicable human beings like you and me should be transformed into His children. So it is that on Christmas Day we celebrate the day God appeared among us to show us just how much He loves us.
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” That is the message of the Gospel, and that is the message that angered and still angers Jesus’ enemies without a cause. That should leave us all wondering. How could anyone hate Jesus, someone who loves them so much? Yet so many do.
Do you know know Jesus? If not, please take the time to learn about Him, and learn to love Him.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!