Saturday, June 23, 2012

Christianity and Nazi Socialism

 Nazism vs. Christianity

Source: Bonnhoffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
By Eric Metaxis

Dinner Topics for Monday

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. ~ Dietrich Bonnhoffer

Definition: Nazism is an abbreviation for the German words for National Socialism; therefore it is a form of socialism and thus not much at variance with communism.

Despite “promising Nazi support for ‘positive Christianity,’ and his effulgent protestations of attachment to German Christian traditions and his ‘calling’ by heaven,” Hitler’s real intent (below) along with his actions, qualify him as nothing less than an antichrist. This is further confirmed in Hitler’s own words, as expressed to the Mayor of Danzig:

“As far as the Churches go, they’re all the same. They have no future. Not among the Germans, at any rate. Italian fascism can go ahead and make its peace with the church. I’ll do it too. Why not? That won’t prevent me form exterminating Christianity in Germany, with all its roots and branches, lock, stock, and barrel.” [1940]

As for the myth that the Nazis were Christians who persecuted Jews, the record is set straight by scholar Alan Keele in a 1980 article of Sunstone magazine. (excerpts)

“. . .the majority of the Germans. . .  had been lulled into believing that Hitler was a committed Christian because of his Catholic background.

“But the true intent of the party was captured by Hitler’s personal secretary, Martin Bormann, in a secret communiqué in the fall of 1941 on ‘The Relationship of National Socialism and Christianity.’ Here, he makes clear that the two ‘world views’ are incompatible, that when children are no longer indoctrinated into Christianity, it will die out. . .The influence of the churches upon the people must be ‘completely and finally broken.’

‘Himmler dreamed of the day when he would hang the Pope in full regalia in St. Peter’s Square in Rome; that would be a great symbolic act, the end of the Judeo-Christian era.”

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