In the excellent book, “Why? Explaining the Holocaust,” Peter Hayes examines the motivations behind the German brutality directed against innocent Jews.
How could they have been so barbarous? Were they just soulless monsters?
After a lengthy discussion of the history of antisemitism among the German people, Hayes considers other motivations. Continue reading
Satan’s influence in this world is firm and all-encompassing. Throughout all of society, we see the existence of evil. His ways have touched the hearts of men leading them to do the Devil’s will.
I was recently watching a two-part documentary on the “History International” channel on “The Third Reich.” The second part of the series discussed the fall of the Nazi party in Germany. They examined film, audio and remembrances of the German people during World War II. It was unlike anything I have ever seen.
One part was especially chilling.
A 21 year-old Nazi soldier named Willy Peter Reese talked about how the Nazis marched into Russia. In his video footage he had built a small gallows, where he had suspended three stuffed animals with tape. He had piled wood underneath them and he set the wood on fire to burn their bodies as they hung from the gallows. He said, “We marched into Russia. Murdered the Jews, strangled the women, killed the children. Everyone knows what we bring.”
That was one of the most frightening things I have ever heard a soldier say. I can’t get this out of my mind and I’ve watched that scene several other times. We need to be reminded from time to time that such evil exists and that in Christ, we are free from Satan’s grasp.
Every person is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). However, with some, their good parts are frozen from disuse. They have given themselves completely to, what C.S. Lewis called, “Our father below.” He is constantly out to destroy us and steal our humanity (1 Peter 5:8; Luke 22:31).
Only through Christ can we be saved (Ephesians 2:8-9). Christ’s blood will wash away our iniquities, freeing us from the disease of sin (1 John 1:7; Acts 2:37-38).
We cannot control what other people do, and the evil in their hearts. All we can do is serve the Lord and be ready when we take our last breathe (Luke 13:3-5). Evil may kill our bodies, but they are defenseless against our soul!
Brethren, since I love human interest stories, I just had to share this article about a selfless lady (Miep Gies – now deceased at 100 years of age) who assisted in hiding Anne Frank from the Nazis: http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/22211455/detail.html
Anne Frank’s cousin wrote of this lady:
“Every day for over two years she put herself in danger by hiding Jews from the Nazis,” said Anne Frank’s cousin, Bernd “Buddy” Elias, who last saw Gies on her 100th birthday. “If they had caught her, she would have been put in a concentration camp herself.”
Ms. Gies said of herself in helping Anne:
“Imagine young people would grow up with the feeling that you have to be a hero to do your human duty. I am afraid nobody would ever help other people, because who is a hero? I was not. I was just an ordinary housewife and secretary.”
“The Diary of Anne Frank” (published in 1947) was the first popular book about the Holocaust and has been read by millions of children and adults around the world in 70 languages.
A very selfless and brave lady in helping others under very trying and difficult circumstances.
Tim Hall’s excellent article today tells us how we can be optimistic in life.
Let’s remember the full title of Charles Darwin’s book when it was first published in 1859: “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.”
You can’t hold onto natural selection/survival of the fittest, and at the same time uphold the equality of humanity. Darwin ushered in evolution, which gave us eugenics, which gave us the Holocaust (millions dead) and abortion (tens of millions dead). Evolutionists have a lot to celebrate, no?