HITLER'S BATTLE AGAINST THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
© 2004 American VisionCopyrighted material used by permission from American Vision
As an unapologetic bibliophile,
I am always on the lookout for long-forgotten books that contain
flashes of wisdom that offer counsel for our day. While on a trip to
Michigan, I spent the day at John K. King Used and Rare Books in
downtown Detroit and another full day rummaging through the used book
departments at Kregel Christian Books and Baker Book House in Grand
Rapids. Searching for books online has its advantages, but there is
nothing like seeing tens of thousands of books you didn't know existed,
and you've got to have!
During this latest book hunt, I came across The Ten Commandments: Ten Short Novels of Hitler's War Against the Moral Code written in 1943. I was shocked at what I read in light of the present controversy over the Ten Commandments. Just a week before finding The Ten Commandments, I had read the following from Harold O. J. Brown's book The Sensate Culture: Western Civilization between Chaos and Transformation:
Can such a comparison be made? Holmes and Hitler? Through its abortion laws alone, America has killed nearly ten times the number Hitler killed. Appeals can no longer be made to a higher law in defense of the unborn or anyone else for that matter. To cite any of God's commandments is a violation of the court's commandments. In 1991, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned murderer's death sentence because the prosecutor quoted the Bible in his closing arguments.2 A similar thing happened when a prosecutor quoted the Bible's instructions on the death penalty for murder.3 A fixed law anchored in the character of God must be censored so a flexible law can replace it, a law that can be shaped and molded to fit the agenda of the new gods, whoever they may be.
The philosophy of George F. W. Hegel (1770-1831), followed religiously by Marxists, Fascists, Nazis, and modern-day legal theorists, expresses the argument with chilling consistency:
The Voice of Destruction
This brings me back to the book The Ten Commandments. The Preface, written by Herman Rauschning, is frighteningly familiar given today's censorship of God's law from judicial consideration. At an intimate gathering in Berlin shortly after the National Socialists came to power, the author heard Hitler discuss his true intentions as they related to "the ethical foundation of life." Rauschning "wrote down the conversation as well and faithfully as" his memory allowed, and in 1937 passed parts of it to the future Pope Pius XII, Protestant clergymen, and published other parts in his book The Voice of Destruction. What was the response?: "skepticism, disagreement, and even confusion."5
Writing as an eyewitness to the events unfolding before him, Rauschning offered a warning that few people wanted to hear. "It concerns all of us," he wrote. "It deals with the deliberately planned battle against the dignified, immortal foundation of human society; the message from Mount Sinai. Let us name it clearly and simply: Hitler's Battle Against the Ten Commandments."6
Hitler and his malleable henchmen hated God's law. They knew that it was the only thing that stood between them and their new world order. The God of the Bible is described by Hitler as "that Asiatic tyrant." True freedom is freedom from God's law. Rauschning recounts the following ravings by Hitler while spending the evening with him and other Nazi party loyalists at the Reich Chancery:
Sound familiar? For now, the materialists will permit us to hang our displays of the Ten Commandments in our homes and churches, but there can be no such standard for the State. People of good will in Germany and beyond did not believe Herman Rauschning in 1937, and there are too many Christians today who won't believe me about the Ten Commandments battle today and where it might lead. The courts are doing legally what Hitler did through terror. At least three Supreme Court justices have declared that international law should be America's standard of justice. And what is the foundation of international law? Are Americans willing to adopt the moral worldview of Europe? If Christians do not wake up, America is headed down the same dark path to destruction.
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