- Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
I was reviewing LA Marzulli’s blog and comparisons were being made between James Holmes (who killed 22 people and wounded 70 at a movie theater 2 days ago at midnight in Aurora, Colorado) and Jared Lee Loughner who was charged with the shooting in Tucson, Arizona, on January 8, 2011, that killed six people, including Chief U.S. District Court Judge John Roll. The shooting also left 14 others injured, including U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords.
Then another person brought up Charles Manson. All these photos showed a similar diabolical grin when placed side by side and raised the possibility of a pseudo christian connection.
Then I remembered Adolf Hitler, and that he was a known Catholic and an altar boy:
Here’s a snippet on Hitler as a young man (curious though, his baby picture is quite adorable) Hitler, age 7:
“..the family moved off the farm to the town of Lambach, Austria, halfway between Linz and Salzburg. This was the first of several moves the family would make during the restless retirement of Hitler’s father.
For young Adolf, the move to Lambach meant an end to farm chores and more time to play. There was an old Catholic Benedictine monastery in the town. The ancient monastery was decorated with carved stones and woodwork that included several swastikas. Adolf attended school there and saw them every day. They had been put there in the 1800s by the ruling Abbot as a pun or play on words. His name essentially sounded like the German word for swastika, Hakenkreuz.
Young Hitler did well in the monastery school and also took part in the boys’ choir. He was said to have had a fine singing voice. Years later Hitler would say the solemn pageantry of the high mass and other Catholic ceremonies was quite intoxicating and left a very deep impression.
As a young boy he idolized the priests and for two years seriously considered becoming a priest himself. He especially admired the Abbot in charge, who ruled his black-robed monks with supreme authority. At home Hitler sometimes played priest and even included long sermons.
At age nine, he got into schoolboy mischief. He was caught smoking a cigarette by one of the priests, but was forgiven and not punished.”
There’s a bit more to read; here’s the link http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/riseofhitler/boyhood.htm
It appears his youth was introduced into the spiritual reality of life. It was filled with challenges and his rebellious relationship with his very stern, almost dictatorial, father certainly helped to mold his idealism in life.
Young minds are impressionable and if not properly controlled then all “hell” will break loose.
- Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
I grew up a Catholic knowing about God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit but no teachings in the Holy Spirit. I didn’t come to know the Lord until 1994 when I became born again in the spirit. I didn’t suffer from curiosity into the occult but I knew to stay away from evil. In fact, I remember distinctly one day a friend of mine and I were driving (I can’t remember where we were going), but she was curious and had been invited to attend a S’eance (A session, as of some public body; especially, a meeting of spiritualists to receive spirit communication). She was inviting me to go with her. Normally, I would never have said no because we were always together as best friends, but I heard “in my spirit” as I know it today, “If you don’t know what you are doing, don’t do it!” It was so clear that I couldn’t mistake it’s meaning. I told my friend no, and I didn’t think it was wise. She, too, thought it unwise and didn’t go.
I didn’t know it was a portal to the occult and had I gone, it would have spelled a really bad time for me.
It was the Lord Jesus who lured me into spirituality and getting to know the reality of Him and His teaching on the Word.
I don’t mean to ramble, but it’s really so bad out there and so many people don’t understand the consequences of the day-to-day decisions that we have to make and whether we are wise or unwise in our decisions.
My heart, sympathy, and prayers go out to the families of the victims from Aurora, Colorado.
Blessings and have a great day.