Friedrich Nietzsche: Zarathustra Hath Spoken
Friedrich Nietzsche: Son of a Pastor
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was the son of a pastor. He launched a hateful assault on the Christian Faith, blaming Jesus for Germany’s problems: “I call Christianity the one great curse, the enormous and innermost perversion, the moral blemish of mankind, the most seductive lie that has yet existed.”
Nietzsche’s view of the cosmos denies any such thing as good and evil. The most powerful persons can impose their will on others, as per Darwin, and thus those with power can define or redefine what is approved or disapproved.
He predicted that his ideas would lead to mass murder in the twentieth century because having done away with God, morals, virtue, and fear of judgment, man would realize nothing matters except the will to power, and worldwide insanity would ensue. His main mission was to “strike a destructive blow against Christianity” so that “with the old God abolished I myself will rule the world.”
Tell me if that doesn’t sound Luciferian.
Nietzsche: The Grandfather of Psychology
Filled with satanic hatred of God, Nietzsche pronounced himself “the most terrible opponent of Christianity: the Antichrist Himself.”
Three months after making this declaration he lost his mind and spent his last eleven years certifiably insane.
Now one might think a crazy man who spent his days hating God and His Christ, who would become the most significant influence on Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, might be shunned today. Instead, our college professors tend to admire him and his work, and many consider him the grandfather of modern psychology. Get the irony there? A lunatic as the grandfather of psychology.
Nietzsche: The Possessed Nihilist
He openly advocated for a world without any morality. To destroy faith in Christ, he was willing to use "violence, slavery, danger in the street and in the heart, secrecy, tempter's art and devilry of every kind; everything wicked, terrible, tyrannical, predatory, and serpentine in man."
He wanted to eradicate "mercy, kindness, pity, generosity, patience, industry, humility, and friendliness." His philosophy could hardly be more opposite of the teachings of our Lord.
Self-glorification and suicidal nihilism was Nietzsche's nirvana. He once wrote: "There is no one among the living or the dead with whom I feel the slightest affinity."
What we need to understand about Nietzsche is that he claimed to be possessed when he wrote his masterpiece Thus Spake Zarathustra: “It invaded me. One can hardly reject completely the idea that I am the mere incarnation, the mouthpiece, or medium, of some higher power.”
Nietzsche: God is Dead
Friedrich Nietzsche saw that a growing movement among the intellectuals of his day was to deny the supernatural aspects of Christianity but keep the Christian morality, to make Jesus not the Son of God but a great moral teacher. That meant that Christianity was built on historical lies, or mistakes, illusions, or hallucinations.
Nietzsche wrote: "They are rid of the Christian God and now believe all the more firmly that they must cling to the Christian morality.” But, “When one gives up the Christian faith, one pulls the right to Christian morality out from under one’s feet. Christianity is a system, a whole view of things thought out together. By breaking one main concept out of it, the faith in God, one breaks the whole. Christian morality is a command; its origin is transcendent; it has truth only if God is the truth—it stands and falls with faith in God.”
His central theme was that faith in God would be replaced by nihilism—belief in nothing. Because if there is no God, there are no facts, no absolute values or objective truth: "How much must collapse now that this faith has been undermined because built on this faith was the totality of our European morality."
He wrote, “We have abolished the world of truth, nothing is true.” Knowledge, wisdom, and virtues are nothing but illusions.
The “death of God” and “the coming of nihilism” was bound to have lethal consequences. In 1888, Nietzsche predicted that as faith in Christianity faded among the most influential men, "Europe will soon be enveloped in darkness," "I herald the coming of a tragic era," "the rising of a black tide," "There will be wars such as the world has never seen," "Thanks to me, a catastrophe is at hand," "then all the earth will writhe in convulsions," "we must prepare for a long succession of demolitions, devastations, and upheavals."
If Man is not the Image of God, there is no reason individual persons should not be used as material, as tools, as Useful Idiots, as mobs, for a group of motivated men to achieve their aims. And no reason they should not be sent to the Gulag or exterminated in Auschwitz.
Nietzsche: The Antichrist
Nietzsche wrote that he had been guided by an unseen hand to set up a deliberately anti-Christian philosophy. Instead of loving love he loved hatred, and proclaimed himself “hostile to morality.”
Tormented by the temptation to eradicate the Gospel, he admitted he was jealous of Jesus to the point of lunacy. The Spirit of Evil directed his mind. As that spirit took more and more control of him, he went insane, and his last writings are full of blasphemy and hatred.
He proclaimed “War against the Christian ideal,” to rid the world of “trustfulness, patience, love of one’s neighbor, and self-sacrifice.” “This eternal denunciation of Christianity, I will write it on all the walls so long as I find walls to blacken. I call Christianity the great scourge among all, the most shameful stain of humanity.”
His horrible end could be the same fate of Western Civilization, as his embrace of nihilism and paganism combined with anti-Christian invective are running rampant all around us.
Zarathustra the Eternal Serpent
Nietzsche wrote about "the Eternal Serpent," also called "Zarathustra," a demon that falls on him, assaults him, torments him, overwhelms him. It is from this demon that his "pen gushes forth" and creates "his testament" "a fifth Gospel" that is to abolish the four Gospels of the New Testament: "I have challenged all religions and have made a new Holy Book."
Now he has gone past criticizing Jesus to replacing Him. He is the new prophet repudiating Christ and seeking converts to a new religion.
Zarathustra despises the Crucified One above all else. A new religion is necessary to fill up the void created by killing God, "If we do not wish to fall prey again to the old idea of a Creator."
Zarathustra aspires to be that substitute, our new Redeemer. Come with me, he coos, into "Eternal Nothingness."