"Contrary to Xtian Belief." Now that's loaded phrase, huh? Been many things to many Xtians thru history. Not all of it good, and that my point.<quoted text>
From my experience, there's really nothing for any man, or even Christian to boast about as far as 'themselves'. There's absolutely 'nothing' for 'me' to boast. I mean to say that with all conviction and 'honesty'.
I personally tend to shy away from attempts to claim who is and who isn't a genuine believer. The only exceptions would be someone like Adolph Hitler who made certain references to the Christian faith, and Jesus Christ. And it's not only based on the actions he performed, but also his very own words that were 'contrary' to Christian belief.
I was a professed Christian 'twice' before I became a 'believer'. The two prior occasions there were people who thought I became a believer simply because I made that profession that generally identifies one as am orthodox 'born again' Christian. For some reason, the third time did it. Unfortunately, I wasn't one of those Christians who walked a solid walk after conversion. I admire those Christians that have, but I was one who found out the hard way that I've got a spiritual bungey-cord so to speak. I took 'grace' to an extreme in thinking that God's 'grace' would allow me to continue doing the things I've always done. That God only 'preferred' that I follow 'His' way, but it's not mandatory.
I've found out that this particular verse that doesn't get mentioned much (it seems) is quite serious:
◄ 1 Corinthians 6:20 ►
New International Version (©2011)
you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
That "being bought at a price", I found out, is very serious.
Do you remember the soul musician Rick James? Sometime after his success he became a professed Christian. While I can't say for sure that he was, in my personal opinion I believe he was. He did go back into his old lifestyle, falling deeper into what I guess we could say was depravity that involved a rape charge. Many would say he wasn't a true Christian. However, if God sealed him, bought him at a price, all those incidences (rape charge, a stroke) were severe chastening that eventually lead to God taking him home. I could be wrong of course, but from experience, being one who I believe for whatever reason God chose to separate from the world so to speak, the results of walking 'contrary' to God's will get harder and harder. But through it all God's mercy stands out more and more.
Adolf was raised in a culture where Xtian belief had a long history of Jewish persecution - that dated all the way back to Xtianity's origins of legality. Jesus killers, nuff said.
So again, I will repeat this till the cow and the bull jump over the moon. No one can take another persons Xtian Faith away from them...least of all those who learned a conflicting set of beliefs. Cant take it away from the pro-slave Xtians, or the vast majority of German, especially German Lutherans, and other European Xtians who truly believed that the Jews were actual devils in human form. Who were taught that by their priests/preachers and whoever else.
Their Faith, their Religion taught them that! Which was wholly supported by the fact that their various Churches had so much power over their social and community lives.
As a matter of course Humans will split off and accuse others of this or that evil (usually unfounded) BUT Religions always ratchet those divisions up and up and up for the glory and service of their God!
And that is the whole point about keeping Religions and their myriad beliefs the hell out of the Civil legal and legislative systems. They all seek to divide at some point, and they make it a morality play when they do...