Hitler Went To Heaven?

SpiritualityDid Hitler go to Heaven?

It might sound like a preposterous question to you (or most anyone), given the fact that Hitler is widely considered to be one of the most evil men in written history, and that his hateful reign of oppression and genocide will probably stand as one of Earth’s most heinous man-made atrocities ever.

But the simple fact is… that even based on the religious dogma within Christianity (that one needs only ask for God’s forgiveness in Jesus’ name)… that Hitler might well have… at the last second… gone to Heaven.

Picture this scenario:

A man of broken dreams and broken confidence sits with his wife in an underground bunker. Humbled. Fearful. The country which he had attempted to lead into his perceived vision of greatness is now falling into the hands of the enemy, whom even at this moment are advancing on the Capitol. All is lost. They have nowhere to run. In addition, he knows what he has done. He knows the actions of his administration… the death camps… the murders… he knows that will all be made public soon. And he knows he will be held accountable by men. By lesser men. And he knows that even if he were able to slip out of the country, they would find him… eventually, if not immediately. And when they did, it would not be good for him.  And this was true even if he avoided a more horrible death to even get that far.  After all, his friend Mussolini had only recently been cut down from being strung up by his heels, and was even at this moment being urinated on in the gutters of Italy. And so… in the face of all this… he and his wife in their final moments of desperation and shame, decide to end their lives.

In these last moments of raw human existence, stripped of realistic future, they have decided to end their lives and go to Heaven together rather than apart.

Heaven? Hitler? Seriously?  Well, Hitler was a self-professed Christian, and under the rules of Christianity, if you ask for forgiveness in Jesus’ name… you get it.  No exceptions.  No “well, yeah… but you’re Hitler” responses to that request.

But isn’t suicide a sin, you ask?  Well, maybe.  But it’s not always an unforgivable sin when it is, right?  At least not in our minds.  For instance, we hold that anyone from within our soldier ranks who assumes a suicide mission, if they be a religious person, goes to Heaven when they’re done, even though their actions result in their own death.  Right?  Those people who forfeit their lives are held in the highest esteem.  But realistically speaking… in a “suicide means sin” world… doesn’t Hitler going to Hell for killing himself also mean that… so does anyone who’s ever thrown himself on a grenade to save his comrades?  Well, we couldn’t have that now, could we?

And besides… is suicide really on that imaginary list of “unforgivable sins” that God won’t forgive if one asks?  I mean… in Christianity God forgives ALL sins, right?  On what page would that be in the Bible where suicide is exempt?  Where does it say in there that there is a ranking of better or worse sins?

But that’s not really what is at issue here, is it?  I mean… this is just an exercise in mindful hypothetical chess, isn’t it?  What’s REALLY at issue is your resistance to the idea that Hitler could ever go to Heaven under any circumstance, right?  What is really interesting in this discussion is the fact that your mind wants to go to every extent to pull out loopholes of why Hitler couldn’t have possibly gone to Heaven… like pointing out he committed suicide… or like pointing out that Hitler’s atrocities were too heinous for even God to forgive… or pointing out the fact that it is rumored by Christians who want to distance themselves from Hitler that he was a false Christian.

But see… all those are YOUR misgivings of reasoning, and yearnings for justice… not God’s.  Because as rancid as that thought of Hitler going to Heaven may taste to you, it’s not actually all that unreasonable if you think about it:

First, it is probable if not also likely that a mortal man put in that type of no-win situation would have taken a moment to stop and pray to a God that he might soon have to reckon with and be judged by. Most people when faced with their own death start looking for and reaching out to God even if they have not done so previously.  And it has been proposed by some historians that Adolph and Eva prayed together before the final event of supposed co-suicide occurred.  So if Hitler had indeed gotten down on his knees and asked for forgiveness of all his sins in his last moments, did God grant that forgiveness to him?

If you immediately say “no”, you might want to get to know your God a little better. It is proposed within Christianity (of which Hitler professed his allegiance), and most other world religions that God forgives ALL sin when someone asks forgiveness… even of course… suicide.  All means all.  Redemption isn’t subjective.  God doesn’t love all his children except for the “bad” ones.  God loves all.  Without exception.

And any resistance to that thought is something our minds drum up to say… THAT religion where God forgives and accepts Hitler into Heaven can’t be MY religion.  That God can’t be my God.  My God would not have forgiven the most evil man in existence after what he did to millions of innocent men, women, and children.  But in reality… those type of thoughts are only our individual mindful positions, not God’s.  It is your uncomfortable association to Hitler through his sharing of a Christian faith that causes your unease… not God’s.  It is your sense of justice that is being attacked, not God’s.

It is because of those attachments that we then wind up projecting our own faults and misgivings onto our idea of God.  Because to do otherwise would be removing us away from God, right?  Admitting that our idea of God was different than the reality of God would mean we weren’t as close to God as we thought, right?

But the simple fact is that when we project our beliefs or preferences back onto God to make that idea of God better fit what we would prefer it to be… WE ARE AT THAT MOMENT IN THE PROCESS OF REMOVING US FROM GOD!  In that moment we are rejecting God’s reality, and replacing it with our own personal preference of reality, or preference of God.

From God’s position, it may very well have been that Hitler was one of his most lost children, and most in need of redemption from an entering-the-kingdom perspective.  It may have been… even from the Christian modeled understanding of God… that Hitler gained access to Heaven at the last moments that he made peace with God.

The Agape type love that God is made of means unconditional love and acceptance.  It means no subjectivity.  It does not come with strings attached. And that reality would fit with the potential outcome that Hitler’s experience was that of Heaven and not of something else.

Have you ever before considered that Hitler might well be in Heaven?  What are your thoughts on this subject?  Do you have the courage to share your opinion?  Or like in reading this entire article, would you rather just distance yourself from the whole thought process?

I look forward to your comments.

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  1. I agree that Hitler went to Heaven. I come from a pantheistic standpoint in that I have come to understand that God doesn\’t so much run the universe as God IS the universe, and anything else that may exist, wherever and whatever that may be. The universe with everything and everyone in it, is God in physical form.
    We are all given free will. That much is a demonstrable fact. We can do anything we please and through that we are supposed to demonstrate and express the divinity of which we are a part. Only most of us don\’t quite get there, in this lifetime at least. Spiritually we are still primitive, childlike and unaware. Hitler was one such unaware \’soul\’ for want of a better word. He was a nobody that rose to power and did what he did only with the acquiescence, agreement and adulation of the German population and, if we cared to admit it, a not insignificant part of the rest of the world too. He exercised his free will and so did those who agreed with him. Would God condemn him for exercising the free will he had or does God say \”you can exercise your free will but only up to a point?\”. I doubt it. If conditions and limitations are placed upon the exercising of free will then it\’s not free will you have but merely the acting out of a predetermined role.
    That\’s pointless. That kind of life really would have no purpose. No one would learn that way and no one would grow that way.
    Not even God.
    Growth needs to make mistakes. You have to be able to try things that don\’t work, even if finding out that they don\’t work kills fifty million people.
    And God\’s purpose is to grow and become more of what it is through the exercising of the free will and choices of everything, everywhere. Mistakes are made and lessons are learned. Growth results. I can\’t therefore see God condemning anyone for exercising the choices he has been enabled to make. Besides, since everyone and everything is a part of God to begin with, who, in the final analysis, is there to condemn? If you cut your finger do you punish the hand that wielded the knife? Does God punish part of itself for being what it is? Again, I doubt it. For all we know Hitler was doing what was expected of him when he was on Earth. Maybe we were supposed to demonstrate the best of ourselves and reject his philosophy. Did we even fail in that task given that we did actually reject him and his works eventually. Maybe we were supposed to realise what his philosophy would end up doing and stop him long before we actually did. In that sense it could easily be said that we\’re all to blame for the evil that Hitler managed to perpetrate. Does that mean God would consider him worthy of greater punishment that any of the rest of the millions who facilitated and supported him?
    As I said at the beginning, without the rest of us, Adolf Hitler would have been a nobody.

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