(According to Ray Comfort, the Jewish victims of the Holocaust are burning in hell)
In January of 2000 a well-known ex-televangelist said on CNN's Larry King Live, “I believe that every person who died in the Holocaust went to Heaven.” He was very sincere, and if he was seeking the commendation of the world, he surely got it with that statement. Who in the world wouldn’t see what he said as being utterly compassionate? Let’s however, take a look at the implications of his heartfelt beliefs. His statement did seem to limit salvation to the Jews who died in the Holocaust, because he added "their blood laid a foundation for the nation of Israel." If the slaughtered Jews made it to Heaven, did the many Gypsies that died in the holocaust also obtain eternal salvation? If his statement does include gentiles, is the salvation he spoke of limited to those who died at the hands of Nazis? Did the many Frenchmen who met their death at the hands of cruel Nazis go to Heaven also?
Perhaps he was saying that the death of Jesus on the Cross covered all humanity, and that all will eventually be saved--something called “Universalism.” That means that salvation will also come to Hitler and the Nazis that killed the Jews. However, I doubt if he was saying that. Such a statement would have brought the scorn of his Jewish host, and of the world whose compassion has definite limits.
If pressed, he probably didn’t mean that solely Jews in the camps went to Heaven, because that smacks of racism. He was more than likely saying that those who died were saved because their death came about in such tragic circumstances. That then means that Jesus was lying when He said, “I am the way the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by Me." There is another way to Heaven--death in a Nazi concentration camp. Does that mean that the many Jews who died under Communism went to Heaven? Or is salvation limited to German concentration camps?
If their salvation came because of the grim circumstances surrounding their death, does a Jew therefore enter Heaven after suffering for hours and then dying in a car wreck . . . if he was killed by a drunk driver who happened to be German? Bear in mind that his suffering may have been much greater than someone who died in minutes in a Nazi gas chamber.
Ray Comfort, The Way of the Master 61 Comments
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