I believe that atheists have really stepped up their game in recent years. They spread many lies to attempt to destroy Christianity. So, I’ve come up with a new series of posts to debunk these lies.
We’ll start this one: Hitler was Christian. Yes, they dare to break Godwin’s Law.
Now, let’s give credit where it’s due. Hitler was born into Catholicism, albeit a warped view. In his atrocious autobiography Mein Kampf, he even claimed he was “fighting for the Lord.”
First, let’s consider this Biblical verse: “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:16). Hitler could not have been following the Lord. Jesus was born into the Jewish faith. Because of this, Christians can not be considered anti-Semitic. Hitler considered equality and compassion–two tenets of Christianity–weaknesses. His leading advisers were in fact atheist and sought to eradicate Christianity’s influence. Hitler himself stated in 1941: “National Socialism and religion cannot exist together….The heaviest blow that ever struck humanity was the coming of Christianity.” (Heresy: Ten Lies They Spread About Christianity by Michael Coren, pg 108)
Let’s look at more quotes:
“The best thing is to let Christianity die a natural death.” (ibid)
“Christianity is an invention of sick brains.” (ibid, pg 110)
In 1932 before Hitler got into power, 65% of German youth went to Catholic schools. In 1937, it was 3%. Catholic youth groups were forbidden to compete in sports. Hitler set up a separate educational structure. He also said:
The most dangerous activity of countless Catholic clergy is the way in which they ‘mope about’, spreading despondency. Favorite topics are the “dangers of a new time”, “the present emergency”, “the gloomy future”. Prophecies are made about the speedy downfall of National Socialism or at the very least mention is made of the transience of all political phenomena, compared with the Catholic Church which will outlive them all. National Socialist achievements and successes are passed over in silence. … There is thus a deliberated undermining of the very basis of the National Socialist program of reconstruction, the people’s trust in leadership of the state.
–quote from http://www.catholicbridge.com/catholic/was_hitler_a_catholic.php
As you can see, Hitler was a politician. If it helped his cause, he would praise Christianity. But once Christians rose up to oppose him (and yes, they certainly did.), he changed his tune.