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Stalin, Atheism and Jesus
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Atheist related
Stalin, leader of the Russian nation from 1929 till 1953 was an atheist and murderer of millions of peoples. An estimated 42,000 priests lost their lives between 1929 and 1940. The mortality rates in Stalin’s prisons was 80-90 percent and by 1933, 500 of Moscow’s churches had been closed. By 1941, 98 out of every 100 Orthodox Churches were closed down (Kent R Hill, The Puzzle of the Soviet Church, Multnomah, 1989, p 116). For 29 years from 1927 no Bibles were printed in Russia.
What did the Christians in Russia do wrong to be so violently persecuted? The answer is simply this: atheism is not just an ordinary state of mind, it is a religion. That means either atheism or Christianity is right. Lenin said: “We must fight religion” (Kent Hill, p 90). Both Sergei Bulgakov and Alexander Solzhenitsyn affirmed that ‘ferocious hostility to religion is Marxism’s most persistent feature’ (Sergei Bulgakov, Karl Marx as a Religious Type, Belmont, Mass, 1979, 62,110; Alexander Solzhenitsyn, “Letter to the Soviet Leaders”, East and West, New York, Harper and Row, 1980, 123). Lenin said “our propaganda includes necessarily the propaganda of atheism” (Kent Hill, p 90).
What would Stalin have thought of Jesus’ teachings? Probably not much. Jesus condemned killing people, Stalin excelled in it (Simon Montifiore, Stalin,The Court of the Red Tsar, Phoenix, 2003). Jesus taught about turning the other cheek, Stalin snuffed it out. Jesus taught about serving others, Stalin about serving him. Stalin was a master in getting rid of people he thought were his enemies, Jesus taught his disciples to pray for their enemies and love them.
Because believers in Jesus Christ have a transcendent leader, their loyalty is also transcendent. That is what Peter told the leaders of the Jewish Sanhedrin who wanted to stop the preaching of the Gospel: “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:19,20). Dictators want complete obedience and loyalty and even an invisible God threatens them. Persecution through ages for example by the Roman emperors, and of lately by the Communists (communism = atheism) proved it. It also proved that it is impossible to extinguish Christianity. (How do you fight against a God in heaven?) Tertullian the third century theologian said: ”The more you mow us down, the more we grow; the seed is the blood of Christians.”
What can we learn from Stalin, atheism and Jesus? If a person makes a study of history he can compare the pros and cons of each. Then it will be evident that Christianity is preferable, even to unbelievers. But did the likes of Marx, Lenin, Stalin and others succeed in getting rid of Christianity and the Bible? No! Bibles were smuggled into those countries and eventually the old Soviet empire crumbled. But still the Kingdom of God is growing. All the billions of Roubles spent in trying to eradicate the Bible and its wonderful message eventually proved to be a waste.
Conclusion: atheism is a dangerous endeavour, because just like Stalin, all humans will die, and everyone will give account to God of what they did while on earth. Very few people would like to be in Stalin’s shoes when he recounts to God how he misused his power and authority.
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