Every generation has had people who have attempted, in their hottest fantasies and actions, to oust God from His throne. The consequences have always been dire, to humanity at large. The following are examples of these guys.
Joseph Stalin, just as his name – Joseph – means in Hebrew, grew, not in righteousness, but depravity. Trainee priest, revolutionary bank robber, and bloodthirsty dictator. From the pulpit, he pullulated into a puparium before breaking out like a dragon. A cryptic metamorphosis indeed.
He evolved from a Psalm reader to a devouring Siberian Tiger. Stalin became the largest cat roaming in the Soviet Union and terrorising his people.
Stalin was the leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) from 1929 to 1953. Stalin held that Russia could be forcibly brought into the industrial age, with Communist ideology, and become a superpower. To this end, he excelled. However, in this too, he found the reason for his horrific crimes against humanity. Estimates of how many Russians Stalin murdered in the process range from 3 million to 60 million. In his reign, the Russian Orthodox Church shrunk from 50000-500 churches only.
Stalin proclaimed atheism and propagated it extensively. He acquired a taste for Christians blood and once said: ‘You know, they are fooling us, there is no God… all this talk about God is sheer nonsense.’ He neither spared Christians nor Muslims. To him, killing came as easy as talking and this can be confirmed by his statement, ‘One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.’
It is reputed that Stalin was an avid reader. One of his greatest pastimes was reading and at 13 years old he acquired a copy of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species. One day, he and some friends were talking about the injustice of there being rich and poor. He amazed them all by saying, ‘God’s not unjust, and he doesn’t actually exist. We’ve been deceived. If God existed, he’d have made the world more just. I’ll lend you a book and you’ll see.’ He produced a copy of Darwin’s book.
The seminary he attended had no satisfactory answer for his claims of atheism. And whatever truth it taught was not helped by the un-Christlike behaviour of its instructors. Then, having renounced God and His Word, the teenage Stalin filled the spiritual vacuum in his mind with the thoughts and beliefs of revolutionaries. The rest is history.
It is reported that the seminary Stalin attended produced more radical Atheists than Christians. The tutors in the seminary practised, precisely, the opposite of what they were teaching.
Nero was a Roman Emperor who is considered to have executed St. Paul. He was a pure monster of Rome. A hedonist and a tyrant. He killed his mother, persecuted Christians and is said to have “fiddled while Rome burned.” He is one of the most despicable manifestations of human flesh ever to disgrace this planet Earth. His life was characterized by debauchery, violence and indulgence. He even killed his instructor and advisor, the great philosopher Seneca. Much was written about this man Nero by historian Tacitus. Josephus, too, had some things to say about Nero too.
Kim Il Sung
“My mother went to church every Sunday and I went with her. When I asked her why she went there she said, ‘Just to relax.’ After that, at church services, I found that she wasn’t listening to the service but was dozing off and she wouldn’t wake up until the last amens. We can see from this that religious believers may attend church, not because there is God; they go to regulate their conscience. I maintain that if one had to believe in a God he should believe in the God of Korea. It is laudable to cherish the God of Korea in one’s heart and not do things harmful to the state. Do you believe in heaven? Has anyone been there?” Kim wrote in his biography.
Kim was Communist leader of North Korea from 1948 until his death in 1994.
North Korea is a nuclear power with conventional forces which include an army that is the largest military organisation on earth representing 40 per cent of the entire population. Kim made himself a deity and went on a rampage killing Christians and adherents of other religions. He made himself a god and his son Kim Jong Il became the son of god. The current leader Kim Jong Un is the grandson god. He is worshipped by the poverty-stricken North Koreans. In her book, Nothing To Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, Barbara Demick wrote, referring to Kim Il-sung’s death in 1994: “The histrionics of grief took on a competitive quality. Who could weep the loudest?” She noted that one young student in Pyongyang felt nothing as all around him were mourning. However: “His entire future depended on his ability to cry. Not just his career and his membership in the Workers’ Party, his very survival was at stake. It was a matter of life and death.” She wrote that the young student was saved by holding his eyelids open and his eyeballs exposed until they burned and began to tear up. Once they started, he began sobbing like everyone else.
Professor Fenggang Yang of Purdue University, and author of Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communist Rule estimate that there will be 247 million Christians living in China by 2030 which will be higher than the US, which currently holds the title of the largest Christian population. When the Communist Party came to power in 1949, there were just one million Chinese Christians and Chairman Mao Zedong declared his resolve to stamp out any kind of religion. He is said to have told the Dalai Lama: “Religion is poison.”
Besides Buddhism, Christianity became another major target of religious oppression under Mao Zedong’s Communist government.
Jiang Qing was a Chinese actress and a major political figure during the Cultural Revolution. She was the fourth wife of Mao Zedong, the Chairman of the Communist Party of China. She once said, “Christianity in China has been confined to the history section of the museum.” She is the one who has been confined to the history section of the museum.
Amin ruled our neighbouring country Uganda from 1971 to 1979, setting up a grotesque dominion of terror that stands practically unmatched in modern history.
Cannibalism was a frequent accusation, and Amin never disputed that he used to devour human flesh. He would only say, “I don’t like human flesh. It’s too salty for me.”
Uganda’s “Big Daddy” never explained how he learned this culinary lesson.
He named himself “Lord of all Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular.” Hilarious! But to history seniors, there are hilarious titles than this.
I don’t know if it is true or not, but it is reputed that he sent Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II a telegram that read, “Dear Liz, if you want to know a real man, come to Kampala.” He celebrated Adolf Hitler and claimed that the murder of 6-million Jews was fully justified.
The Gorilla of Bwindi Forest killed many Christians, the notable one being Archbishop Janani Luwum. He also devoured Indians.
Pol Pot was the leader of Cambodia 1975-1979 the time he managed to devour nearly two million Cambodians. The Cambodian Viper outlawed Religion, all leading Buddhist monks were massacred and almost all temples destroyed. Half the Cham Muslim population was murdered, and 8,000 Christians.
After perpetuating all this madness, these tyrants are no more. Stalin and his buddies mocked the Almighty God, and as we write this, they are no more.