| Get Rid Of A Pest...Christian Style
Used by permission, from the Agnostic Review of Christianity website
Christians will often attempt to assert that anti-Semitism is a product of "godless" skeptics.
They will often portray Adolf Hitler as the poster boy for the effects of "godlessness" on humanity.
However, the extermination of the Jews which became one of the policy goals of the Third Reich during World War II was not something which sprang from the minds of agnostic or atheistic skeptics.
First, some background on mass killing from the Bible.
The Bible God is a jealous male warrior God:
Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
Do not worship any other god, for the Lord , whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.
This Bible God moves various groups around like chess pieces as part of his divine plan for mankind.
Instilling fear in various populations and destroying them is routine for this deity
Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle.
This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear report of thee, and shall tremble, and be in anguish because of thee.
And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land before thee: begin to possess, that thou mayest inherit his land.
Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to fight at Jahaz.
And the LORD our God delivered him before us; and we smote him, and his sons, and all his people.
And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain:
Only the cattle we took for a prey unto ourselves, and the spoil of the cities which we took.
As evidenced by the scripture, the Bible God's plans for the evolution of humanity often involve the annihilation of any people deemed unworthy to live.
The Old Testament is filled with these examples of mass genocide or "final solutions". The Hebrews or Jews practiced genocide as instructed by the Bible God. Here is another example where God directs his favorite "chosen" people to exterminate others.
When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;
And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:
Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.
For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.
And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.
This laundry list of "wicked" people who "hated" God were as the text states, to be destroyed totally and shown no mercy.
Naturally, since the Bible God says these other cultures were wicked, that settles the matter.
These wicked people are to be killed.
However, if a skeptic presses in questioning the ethical merits of such killing, Christians will embark on a wide variety of apologetics to excuse away these types of killings as being the righteous judgment of God on "evil" people. They will declare that these killings were not genocide but were actually "deportations".
Apologists will also claim that only the hard core "evil" people died because the rest "migrated" away from the impending Israelite conquest. In doing this they employ a wonderful circular apologetic tactic. Christian apologists simply say that because the people of that part of the world "heard" about how the God of the Israelites was the most the supreme deity of the universe, they all knew that resistance to any Israelite occupation and aggression would be futile.
From the story about the conquest of Jericho:
Josh 2:10-11 (Rahab the prostitute speaking)
For we (non-Israelites) have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.
And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.
[Note: There is no historical evidence of Moses or the Exodus in Egyptian records.]
In other words, the word had spread to infidels that the Israelite God was the Master of the Universe and any infidels that didn't flee or "migrate" out of the targeted territory could only have been the hard core God haters. The fate of Jericho is then sealed by the Lord:
And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.
The destruction of Jericho is then completed:
And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.
The circular rationalization is now complete. Since the Bible says that the people whose lands would be taken over by the Israelites knew that the Israelites had the one true God of universe on their side, any resistance to God's chosen people would be futile.
Any people who didn't leave the area must have been hard core God haters and deserved to be killed.
The God of Israel had given these lands as "land grants" to his chosen people and the former tenets were expelled as squatters.
In other words, if a group of people come up to your house and tell you to leave, you had better do it because you've heard that this group had the one true God on their side.
These are the types of wonderfully squeaky clean rationalizations that Christian apologists use to explain away the various mass killings ordered by the Bible God.
In the simplistic universe Christians live in, explaining these killings can be converted to the following generic formula which keeps the Bible God "Holy".
Christian apologetic doctrine:
The Bible says God is holy and all those people he ordered destroyed were evil and hated him.
The exterminated "wicked" people got what they deserved because they "rejected" the one true God of the universe.
By employing this rationalization, Christians don't have to justify anything that the Bible God ordered done. Since everything the Bible God does is holy by definition, no action commanded or done by God can ever be questioned as unjust or morally unsound.
Christian logic is a wonderfully airtight system which makes the lives of believers easier as they don't have to think or be bothered reflecting on the actions and instructions of their God.
Given this background, mass killings of various groups can always be religiously justified by claiming that the targeted group rejected the one true God.
Despite all the Christian rhetoric about Hitler being a psychotic "godless" despot, the foundations of his anti-Semitic views has a source which very few Christians are honest enough to acknowledge.
The evolution of anti-Semitism which culminated with Hitler's policy of extermination of the Jews has it's roots in the New Testament and Christianity.
The New Testament lays the blame for the death of Jesus at the feet of the Jews and portrays them as wicked.
Here's a typical Christian response to this unpleasant fact.
The Leader of Christianity (Jesus) was a Jew and all of the first Christians were Jews yet you claim anti-Semitism has its roots in Christianity. Somebody pick me up off of the floor!]
Unfortunately for this Christian, attempting to laugh off the problem exposes him as being Biblically ignorant. This Christian needs to pick up a Bible and actually read it rather than pick himself up off the floor. The New Testament itself plants the seeds of anti-Semitism.
Many of the first Christians were hybrid Jews and scorned the traditional Jewish belief system.
Let's see how the New Testament portrays traditional Jews:
And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.
Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.
John 8:44 (Jesus speaking)
Ye (the Jews) are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Matt 12:34 (Jesus speaking to the Jewish Pharisees)
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
1 Thes 2:14-15
For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:
Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary (hostile) to all men:
Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye (Jews) crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye (Jews) slew and hanged on a tree.
The above verses portray the Jews as responsible for killing Jesus and being evil and "sons of the devil".
According to St. Paul, the Jews displease God and are contrary (hostile) to all men.
These verses were tailor made for anyone who wanted to take action against Jews.
Whether Christians like it or not, the foundation for anti-Semitism is alive and well in the New Testament.
[Another Christian writes:
And you will see that most mentally disturbed individuals are not Christians, but rather atheists and agnostics. It is the Christian community that is the most mentally sound.]
Since irrational statements like this are so commonly made regarding Hitler and the extermination of Jews in Europe during World War II, an examination of these claims is warranted.
Whether or not Hitler was a Christian can be, and has been, debated back and forth for years. It should be known that the Vatican recognized Hitler as enough of a Christian to sign an agreement or Concordat with him in 1933.
Some quotes of Hitler follow:
"My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God's truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison. To-day, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice... And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows. For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people."
-Adolf Hitler, in a speech on 12 April 1922
"Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord."
-Adolf Hitler (Mein Kampf)
Where did Hitler get the idea that Jews were a poison who stood against God's truth?
Could he have read the New Testament and reached this conclusion?
Were there any others who also reached this conclusion before Hitler did?
The answer to this last question is a resounding YES.
Another example of the "mentally sound" Christian mind which is guided by the "Holy Spirit" comes from none other than the great Christian reformer MARTIN LUTHER who was the founding father of the Protestant faith and communities.
From the Holy Spirit inspired Luther, in his book "The Jews and their Lies" regarding proper policy towards Jews, God's servant Luther states:
"Accordingly, it must and dare not be considered a trifling matter but a most serious one to seek counsel against this and to save our souls from the Jews, that is, from the devil and from eternal death. My advice, as I said earlier, is:
First, that their synagogues be burned down, and that all who are able toss in sulphur and pitch; it would be good if someone could also throw in some hellfire. That would demonstrate to God our serious resolve and be evidence to all the world that it was in ignorance that we tolerated such houses, in which the Jews have reviled God, our dear Creator and Father, and his Son most shamefully up till now but that we have now given them their due reward." (end quote)
It was Martin Luther, the great Christian, the cornerstone of the Protestant faith, who helped set the stage for the policy of genocide of Jews in WWII by Hitler. Luther's writings were not unknown to Hitler.
And if Christians attempt to tap dance around this by falling back on the excuse that Martin Luther wasn't a "true" Christian, then the whole religious reformation which he spawned which formed the Protestant faith isn't any more valid than his inspiration from God concerning the Jews or theology.
If Luther's condemnation of Jews wasn't "inspired" by God, then it calls into question all his ideas which rabid Protestant fundamentalist Christians praise as "properly interpreted" Christian teachings.
Protestants need to crawl back to the Roman Catholic church and the Pope on their knees begging for forgiveness for following Luther and breaking away from the church.
Where could Luther have gotten his ideas about the Jews from if he didn't receive them from Godly inspiration?
Let's follow the ugly trail of holy bread crumbs further back in history.
Luther could have easily gotten his view on Jews from "Saint" Paul who stated that Jews who didn't conform to his teachings were, according to St. Paul: liars, evil beasts, corrupted, defiled, detestable, unfit for doing anything good, and they must be silenced.
Paul's vilification of Jews who did not bow down to his gospel follows:
For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision (Jews):
Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
It's little wonder that Martin Luther vilified the Jews to the Europeans.
His views are supported directly from God's word as written by the Holy Spirit inspired Paul.
After all, it was "Saint" Paul who wrote:
2 Tim 3:16-17
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
And as Paul declared so clearly in Titus 1:10-16, anyone who didn't agree with his version of God's word and taught otherwise "must have their mouths stopped".
Adolf Hitler was simply acting as God's servant in silencing the Jews as the great Christians Luther and St. Paul instructed followers of Christ to do.
In summary, the supporting evidence for the policy of anti-Semitism as practiced by Hitler can be found in Christianity. Whenever zealous believers empower themselves by claiming to do "God's work", the results are predictable and always the same. The "sheep" will be separated from the "goats", and the goats eliminated.
There is nothing holy about such a system as it relies on it's own authority to carry out "divine" justice.
By using nothing more than a book with the words "Holy Bible" stamped on it, any action can be justified as long as the general population is convinced of the authority of that book.
That's why it's important to offset some of the constant Christian hype and spin about how holy their God and beliefs are. When zealous Christians attempt to paint their brand of theology as morally superior to all others and proclaim their system to be the only true path to salvation, keep in mind that their path leads nowhere when the facts are examined.