The Killing of God!
"Have you heard of that madman who lit a lantern in the bright morning hours, ran to the market place, and cried incessantly, "I seek God! I seek God!" As many of those who do not believe in God were standing around just then, he provoked much laughter... Whither is God," he cried. "I shall tell you. We have killed him - you and I. All of us are murderers.... God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him..." La Gaya Scienza" (The Gay Science), is a book written by Friedrich Nietzsche first published in 1882.
These are the words of Friedrich Nietzsche the son of Carl Ludwig, a Lutheran pastor in Saxony Germany. Nietzsche’s writings offered grounds for the reprehensible Nazi ideology of a superior race. Nietzsche’s writings influenced Adolf Hitler as he lived out what Nietzsche had envisioned, trying to prove himself to be the Übermensch (Superman) and the precursor of the Master race. Unfortunately this same ideology in a very mild manner still permeates the halls of our learning, political and sadly to say religious institutions.
Ironically Friedrich Nietzsche obliviously spoke the truth of the Gospel as he uttered… " We have killed him you and I, all of us are murderers.” When was God ever dead? one might ask, let us explore God’s Word to unearth the mystery of this enigma.
During the Apostle John’s banishment on the island called Patmos by Emperor Domitian AD 95, because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus" (Rev 1:9) The Lord revealed to him a very profound depiction of God’s love towards mankind. The Apostle John penned several profound words in the book of Revelation, "Do not be afraid. I AM the First and the Last. I AM the Living One; I was dead, and behold I AM alive forever and ever!” Revelation 1:17-18