By Pastor Bruce K. Oyen
Adolf Hitler was, perhaps, the most murderous tyrant to walk the face of the earth. One could think he was the devil incarnate. Millions of persons, both Jews and Gentiles, died because of that wicked man. If anyone deserves to be in hell, it is Adolf Hitler. Therefore, the answer to my question seems to be an easy one: “No! No! No! A thousand times, No! His soul is in hell where it belongs!”
But what might shock you is that if Hitler had sincerely acknowledged to Jesus Christ the horribleness of his deeds, and if he had sincerely sought forgiveness from Jesus Christ, the wonderful Savior of sinners, he would have been granted complete and full forgiveness of his murderous life, and his soul would have been received into heaven when he died. There is no evidence that he did sincerely acknowledge his sins and seek forgiveness from Jesus Christ. I think he is in hell, and will be there for eternity. But if he had done what needs to be done to be forgiven, he would have been forgiven.
I know it seems unreasonable and far-fetched that a man like Hitler could be in heaven. After all, he carried an ocean of guilt on his shoulders. But we must remember that the grace, mercy, and forgiveness are wider, higher, and deeper than anyone’s sins, including Hitler’s. He had an ocean of guilt on his shoulders. But Jesus Christ has a hundred thousand oceans of forgiveness available to remove the guilt of those sins. The whole reason he died on the cross was to provide mercy, grace, and forgiveness for all of us. The Bible says a lot about these attributes of Jesus Christ. They are available to anyone and everyone who sincerely seeks them. Many Bible verses can be quoted on this subject, but consider only a few: in his letter to the Roman Christians, the apostle Paul wrote, “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” (Romans 5:20) In Acts 15:11, the apostle Peter said, “We believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus we shall be saved…..” Here is what the apostle Paul wrote to the formerly wicked Corinthians who had sincerely acknowledged their wickedness and had sought forgiveness from Jesus Christ: “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9 – 11.) This last quote from the New King James Version was taken from this website: www.biblegateway.com.
If you have not yet done so, tell Jesus Christ you need forgiveness, and ask him for it. He will grant it to any person who sincerely seeks it. If you need more information about this subject, click on the following link. Then read it and do what it says to do: www.godssimpleplan.org/gsps-english.html.