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Norway Killings – A Fundamentalist Christian?

August 2, 2011

It was with great astonishment and dismay that I watched the tragic events unfold recently in Norway. My heart and condolonces go to all those families grieving the loss of a loved one. As a father of two children myself I cannot even begin to comprehend the devastation of losing a child.

However, my astonishment turned to incredulity as reports started to unfold that the killer (Anders Breivik) had allegedly claimed to be a right wing fundamentalist christian. First and foremost no person who follows the teachings of Jesus and has the spirit of God in dwelling in them could perpetrate such horrific acts which fly in the face of everything Christ taught.

“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall inherit the earth”
“Bless those who curse you, pray for those who hurt you”

In the gospel of James we are told that “we shall know them by their fruit”. In otherwords, know those who are truly His rather than those who merely claim to be His, by the fruit that is evidenced in their lives. Clearly, the fruit of this perpertators life exposes him as anything but christian.

However there is more to this story than the fruit of Breiviks life. It was with lightning speed that the left wing anti-christian media jumped onto tenuous statements linking this man to christianity. An honest and even cursory look at the facts would soon have dispelled this as a claim without any merit whatsoever. Had those making these bold claims bothered to actually read his manifesto instead of opportunistically jumping onto some isolated comments taken out of context we might have had some realistic reporting.

At best, the most that can be made of Breiviks comments on religion is that he affirms the primacy of Europe’s “christian culture and heritage”. This is about as close as he gets to being a christian, which might as well be as far as the east is from the west.

As we explore his ideologies in further depth it becomes abundantly clear that far from being a christian, Breivik is more akin to a Darwinian atheist (more to that in a moment).

Indeed, what is even more telling, is that the statements of Breivik clearly revealing these links to Darwinian socialism remain virtually ignored in the mainstream media, hmm, I wonder why?

Let’s examine some of his statements about religion and follow where the evidence takes us

I guess I’m not an excessively religious man. I am first and foremost a man of logic. However, I am a supporter of a monocultural Christian Europe

On page 1307 of his manifest, he explicitly states that he has no “personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God” but instead believes in Christianity “as a cultural, social, identity and moral platform.”

“If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God then you are a religious Christian. Myself and many more like me do not necessarily have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God. We do however believe in Christianity as a cultural, social, identity and moral platform. This makes us Christian.”

So, Breivik explicitly denies that he is a “religious Christian.” He admits that he does not possess what all born again christians consider essential to faith: a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, which means a life of devotion, a life of seeking Christ and seeking to be like Christ, a life that honors what God revealed in and through Christ and accepts and celebrates the grace of God and forgiveness of sin that were made available to any person who would trust in them.

Breivik goes on to state that he’s not even sure that God exists. If you don’t even know whether God exists how can you in any way be a christian, that is agnosticism. He further proceeds to claim that science and naturalism are always to be held up as ultimate “truth” and goes onto idolise men such as Charles Darwin whose evolutionary theories stand in stark contrast to the truth claims of the bible. This exposes him as a God denying left wing evolutionary fundamentalist

“As for the Church and science, it is essential that science takes an undisputed precedence over biblical teachings. Europe has always been the cradle of science, and it must always continue to be that way

Breivik throughout his manifest makes clear references to his admiration for science and naturalism over religion and more importantly the supremacy of evolutionary theory and it’s application in how we should respond to world issues and ethical dilemnas. For example he says of the global issues related to famine and food shortages

“second and third world countries” cannot curb their production of human offspring, “nature will correct their suicidal tendencies as they are unable to feed their populations.” (p. 1202)
If starvation threatens the countries who have failed to follow our [population control] guidelines we should not support them by backing their corrupt leaders or send any form of aid.” (p. 1202) Indeed, “[f]ood aid to 3rd world countries must stop immediately as it is the primary cause of overpopulation. (p. 1203)

This aligns with Princeton University evolutionary biologist, Lee Silver, for a revival of eugenics, with Breivik arguing that, “radical policies will have to be implemented” to reduce the human population by more than half, or 3.8 billion people. (p. 1202)
According to Breivik, the “perfect Europe” includes the rule of Social Darwinism—the summation of “logic” and “rationalist thought

‘Logic’ and rationalist thought (a certain degree of national Darwinism) should be the fundament of our societies (p. 1386)

So while the atheist, left wing controlled media delighted in portraying Breivik as a fundamentalist christian, his own writing’s clearly demonstrate otherwise, indeed actually showing the opposite, an atheistic world view underpinned by the application of an evolutionary ethos promoting large scale population genocide. No wonder the media endeavoured to misrepresent the truth, for if they had reported the truth accurately, Breivik’s views are more closely aligned with their own worldview.

The media were not the only ones who took great delight in jumping on the bandwagon, but also either those who soak in their propoganda as if it were “absolute truth” without any attempt to critically analyse the facts or those who are wilfully blind opportunists and simply wish to portray the christian worldview and belief system in as bad a light as possible whenever a hint of opportunity to do so presents itself. Such individuals need to hold their heads in shame.

On a closing note, this tragedy certainly reminds us of the finite nature of our eartly existence – this is well stated in the gospels

Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away

However the gospels also make clear that when our eartly existence ends it is just the beginning of our eternal existence, for man was not created for this life alone but rather for eternity. Ecclesiastes 3:11 – He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men
“it is appointed for man once to die and then the judgement”

The response we have in this life to the offer of free salvation that is in Christ Jesus alone will determine how we fare at that judgement. Let me be very clear, in the bible’s words, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.

Not one person will be able to stand before God and justify themselves, the bible says that every man’s mouth will be stopped as he stands condemned by his own actions in this life. You may think that you are a good person, however God’s standard of goodness is not the same as the worlds standard. God demands moral perfection on the keeping of his law (the ten commandments). Have you ever lied? Have you ever stolen? have you ever looked with lust? Then you will stand before the creator of heaven and earth as a lying, theiving, adulterer at heart. God says that He must and will judge sin. If you claim He should just overlook it, what would you think of an earthly judge to whom a convicted felon said, “judge can’t you just overlook my crimes” and the judge responded, “sure, we all make mistakes”. Would you consider this to be a good and just judge, one who saw that the law was enforced? Or a corrupt judge who was unable to uphold the law?

The same is true of God, His very goodness demands that he not overlook sin. But in order to be both just and loving God needed to do something dramatic. He did just that 2,000 years ago when he entered the stage of human history, became a man yet at the same time remained fully God. Having lived a sinless life He was able to offer himslef up as a spotless lamb to be sacrificed as our substitute. Only one who did not have to pay for His own sins could offer to pay for ours. As the lamb of God, hung on a cross, he suffered the full wrath and judgement of God, not for His own sin, but for yours and mine. “while we yet sinners Christ died for us”. That’s right, Christ died for those whom were naturally at enmity with and in opposition to Him. It has been well written, the greatest act a man could do is to lay his life down for a friend, how much more noble, loving and gracious was our saviour who laid down His life for His enemies.

On the cross we see perfect love and perfect justice, the end result reconcilliation between man and God. This is a free gift of God, you cannot earn it, there is nothing that can make you worthy of it.

However you must receive it, a prisoner on death row who refuses the governers pardon remains on death row, he must receive the pardon in order to be saved. The same is true with Christ, it is not enough to believe in the gift that is being offered, one must accept the gift by placing their trust in Christ completely to save them, not in their own ability to save themselves nor in any goodness they may think they possess, as Jesus replied to the pharisees, “there is only one good” and again, “all your righteous deeds are like filthy rags”.

One must then ask Jesus to forgive them for breaking His law, repent and turn from their sin and ask Christ to be Lord and ruler of their lives (rather than themsleves).
Romans 10:10 – For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

The simple fact is this – one day you will bow your knee before the saviour, whether you choose to believe now or not, for it is written, “that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of the Father”.

For those that have put their faith and trust in Christ and accepted His pardon God will dismiss their case from the heavenly courtroom and they will enter into eternal rest hearing the words, “well done thou good and faithful servant” or they will be cast into the lake of fire forever.

And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

However it is not the will of the Father that even one should perish.

I would plead with anyone reading this message to put their trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Life is brief and tomorrow is not guaranteed. Is your name written in the lambs book of life? If you were to stand before the Lord tonight would you go to heaven or to hell? You can make heaven a guaranteed reality right now by asking Jesus to forgive your sins and to be Lord of your life.

We put considerable time and effort in to temporal things yet almost no effort in to considering matters that can affect where we will spend all of eternity. How much more time and energy should we devote to what could impact us forever. If you have unanswered questions or are unsure of anything please do not hesitate to ask and I will do my best to answer honestly and truthfully.

The amount of historical, scientific, archaeological and philosophical evidence in support of the bible narrative are overwhelming. There comes a point where we must acknowledge we may never have every answer but that we can be sure “beyond reasonable doubt” that Jesus is indeed the Son of God, was crucified, raised from the dead and was God made manifest in the flesh and is the only way to eternal salvation.

Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life there is no way to the Father except thru me”.

Pilate asked Jesus, “what is truth?” Jesus was clear in his claim which unequivocally answered this question, “I am the truth”.

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