Adolf Hitler, an Austrian-born German politician and the leader of the Nazi Party was a Christian.
A common attack on the Christian faith is:
“Hitler was a Christian. He even carried around the Bible! Hitler, who was responsible for one of the most heinous acts on all of mankind (extermination of the Jews) was a murderer. Therefore, Christians are no different than anyone else and are thereby murderers as well.”
Non-believers come to this conclusion simply because Hitler “claimed” to be a Christian publicly and was even seen carrying a bible. However “claiming” to be a Christian does not make a Christian. Nor does carrying a bible make one a Christian. A man claiming to be an eagle still won’t be able to fly. So let’s look at Hitler a bit more to get an example of what is not a Christian.
Hitler did claim Christianity. However it was his own version of Christianity. Hitler largely rejected the faith’s teaching as noted by the fact that he had his own version of the Christian bible created. If Hitler was a true Christian he would have accepted “The” bible as the infallible, inerrant Word of God and would not have needed to create his own bible that he was comfortable with. A bible that fitted into his agenda. Also, Hitler did not follow the teachings of Christianity. Christianity does not condone murder, the taking of innocent blood.
“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” (Matthew 5:43-44)
“He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness” (Matthew 19:18)
“For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Romans 13:9)
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:”(Matthew 5:21)
Christianity does not condone forming one’s own view of God known as idolatry, which Hitler was an idolater, noted by his creation of his own version of the bible. He idolized himself instead of putting God first and worshipping Him and Him alone.
“And God spake all these words, saying, 2 I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”(Exodus 20:1-3)
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment.”(Matthew 22:37-38)
Lastly, Christianity does not condone the hatred of anyone, let alone one’s enemy. In fact Christianity says just the opposite. We see this by once again looking at Matthew 5:44.
The Nazi Master Plan
Evidence used during the Nuremberg war crimes trials displays proof that Hitler in fact hated Christianity. These documents1, made public in 2001, describe what is called The Nazi Master Plan. This plan outlines how the persecution of the Christian church within Germany was to be carried out. The goal was to supplant Christianity with Nazism, a religion based on a more superior race of people. The war crime documents list out acts such as the seizing of Christian churches, the murdering of church leaders, closing of denominational schools, arresting of the clergy, interfering with free speech, closing theological seminaries and many more acts against the Christian church.
Our conclusion brings us to the reality that nothing Hitler did was at all in line with the biblical teachings of Christianity. This paired with factual evidence from the actual Nuremberg war crimes trials reveals that not only was Hitler not a Christian, he hated Christians. We can safely say…Hitler was not a Christian.
2.Picture part of the Estelle Bechoefer Collection, courtesy of USHMM Photo Archives.