Sunday, March 11, 2007

Walter Martin on the argument that Christianity has failed down through the ages . . .

I am so tired of critics pointing to all the so-called “failures” of Christianity through the ages. The truth is that atheism and agnosticism are responsible for more deaths than all the religious wars down through history!

In Germany, two men known as Karl Marx and Frederick Ingles produced a philosophy called Dialectical Materialism, known today as Communism. In the fifty-odd years it has been in existence, that philosophy has destroyed—in real human lives—more than a hundred million people. They did that in fifty years! Ten million Baptists alone died in Russia under Stalin, just because of that philosophy.

Many philosophers say that Christianity is illogical and irrational. There used to be a saying in Germany when Friedrich Nietzsche was alive: "God is dead." They wrote it all over the walls because Nietzsche was trying to prove that Christianity, Judaism, and the Bible were mythology.

When Nietzsche died, they changed the sign to: "Nietzsche is dead. God." And that’s exactly what happened—he departed the premises and God still remains. The philosophists succeed only in confusion and in refuting each other. They have been doing nothing but causing problems for almost two thousand years. Christianity is not illogical or irrational—the philosophers are.

You don’t have to work yourself to death trying to refute philosophers—they refute each other!

In the end, they all come back to the same thing: They don’t know. They’re all agnostics. That’s why Paul tells you in Colossians to beware. “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)

The arrogant philosopher Nietzsche so influenced Adolph Hitler that he brought about the persecution of the Jews on the grounds they were an inferior race. Hitler believed the Germans were the Arian supermen of Nietzsche’s philosophy.

Six million Jews were eradicated on the basis of this line of reasoning. Communism and Nazism have managed, in the last fifty-odd years, to wipe out twenty times more people than Christianity is accused of in the last nineteen hundred years!

Atheism is the great, beneficent helper of mankind? Let history be the judge!


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