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Anders Behring Breivik: The Terrorist Who is NOT a Christian.

Updated on August 24, 2014
The Oslo bomb explosion, ground level.
The Oslo bomb explosion, ground level.
Anders Behring Breivik
Anders Behring Breivik

On July 22, 2011, thirty-two year old Anders Behring Breivik declared war on the Norwegian town of Oslo. Starting with a car bomb at a seventeen story government building, Breivik went on an hour and a half killing spree. By the time he was stopped, he had killed 98 people, some as young as sixteen. His targets had been Oslo's current and future political elite.

His senseless act of depravity would have gone down in the annals of psycho serial killers had he not published a 1,500-page manifesto, called "2083: A European Declaration of Independence,” which led authorities to label him a right-wing fundamentalist Christian and a Terrorist. His manifesto equates liberalism and multiculturalism with “cultural Marxism,” which the document says is destroying European Christian civilization.

Don't Blame Christianity

Despite the claims of the media and local authorities, Breivik is not a Christian. He is simply a wacko with a political agenda. When evil men use Christian teachings to justify their lusts for political power or for personal gain, Christian doctrine is not to blame. Humanity is evil by nature and must be taught good. Christianity is a tool for teaching good. Holding her responsible for the evil deeds of evil men is comparable to blaming a car for driving too fast and killing its driver. Let it be known that the Bride of Christ did not lead Anders Behring Breivik to his despicable crimes. He was guided by his own evil nature and delusional fantasies. He is nothing more than a lunatic with a Catholic background, who dreams of the days of Knights Templars and Catholic imperialism.

A close look into Breivik's Christianity revealed he doesn't claim to have a relationship with God or Jesus Christ. Making folks like me wonder why he would think himself a Christian? Turns out he has grabbed onto a notion that seems to be gaining in popularity. He aligns himself with Christian culture and not Christian theology. He considers himself a cultural Christian in much the same way that prominent New Atheist Richard Dawkins has. On page 1307 of his Manifesto he writes:

“If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God then you are a religious Christian. Myself and many more like me do not necessarily have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God. We do however believe in Christianity as a cultural, social identity, and moral platform. This makes us Christian.” Anders Behring Breivik

Being born in a country, culture, or home that is predominantly Christian doesn't make a person a Christian any more than being born in a hospital makes you a doctor. Only a personal, intimate, and tangible relationship with God makes you a Christian.

Subscribing to Christianity only as a culture, social identity, and moral platform is what led to Catholic Imperialism. Catholicism is a works based theocracy that removes the personal and intimate relationship from Christianity. Traditions, priests, and purgatory stand between you, your Bible and your savior. The whole purpose of Christ's life, death, and resurrection was to reconcile man to God on a personal level. The personal and intimate relationship with God is what makes Christianity work. With out this relationship, Christianity is nothing but rules and regulations. A tasteless thing that has no flavor. Purposely avoiding a personal relationship with God is like eating the most delicious thing in the world while plugging your nose. For those who are inclined to try such tomfoolery, Luke 13 22-27 makes it clear that you are a Christian because you have a personal, intimate relationship with God through Christ Jesus. There is no other option.

Luke 13: 22-27 And He (Jesus) went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?” And He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’

It is my prayer that our relationship with God is personal, intimate and tangible. That we would know Christ and the power of his resurrection. That our joy would be unspeakable, and that folks who are standing at a distance would be drawn ever closer to Christ so that they too could taste and see that the Lord is good.

Psalm 34:8
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

Post Script

On August 24th 2012

Ander Behring Breivik was found to be sane and was sentenced to 21 years by A Norwegian court. According to the BBC, He admitted his crimes and told the court he would not appeal. He insisted he was sane and refused to plead guilty, saying last year's attacks were necessary to stop the "Islamisation" of Norway.

Prosecutors had called for him to be considered insane.

Breivik was convicted of terrorism and premeditated murder, and given the maximum sentence of 21 years' imprisonment.

However, that can be prolonged at a later date if he is deemed to remain a danger to society.

Judge Wenche Elisabeth Arntzen said that the court considered him to be narcissistic, but not psychotic. She imposed a sentence of "preventive detention", a special prison term for criminals considered dangerous to society. Making it possible to imprison Mr. Breivik beyond the 21 years she he remain a threat to society.

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      norwegian 

      6 years ago

      Behring Breivik does not have a Catholic background, but a Protestant one..

    • Abrushing1968 profile imageAUTHOR

      Aaron Rushing 

      6 years ago from USA- Florida

      I do not see my culture as being Christian. That is, my culture does not represent my Christian faith. Society may subscribe to its simplest morel values, but Christianity is not simply a tool for defining morality, it is a personal and intimate relationship with God.

      John 3:16

      For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him, shall not parish, but have everlasting life.

    • Abrushing1968 profile imageAUTHOR

      Aaron Rushing 

      6 years ago from USA- Florida

      Well said Scott. Thanks for stopping by. I am honored as always. Excellent scripture usage.

      There are a lot of ideas and perspectives out there. For me, I attempt to subscribe to God's perspective as defined by God's Word the Bible. For me, it is the only perspective that counts. When I stand before God, It will not be enough to say that I was raised in a Christian culture/community or church. God is looking for a personal intimate relationship with us. A Personal relationship afford by Christ Jesus.

      It matters little weather the world calls us Christians. Does God call us Christians. That's the perspective that counts.

      In Christ

      ABR

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      scott adie 

      6 years ago

      Let's approach this from a simple logic basis. If I say I am a Nevadan, as is Mr. Rushing, what am I saying? I am saying that not only am I from Nevada, but that I have taken on the character of the people of Nevada. That may encompass a lot of different characteristics from being an outdoorsman, a hunter & fisherman, a desert dweller, a rugged westerner, a horseman and other things. I have grafted the identity of people who live in Nevada into my own life. And so it is, that a true Christian has established in his or her life, the character of Christ. In other words, we've learned and understood who Jesus was and what He was like and incorporated, as much as we can, those things into our lives. Other religions have done likewise from the teachings of their particular faith. However, as Christians, we hold only to the teachings of the Bible which we believe to be the inerrant Word of God. As such, we also hold that there is ONLY ONE PATH TO GOD that we must follow; John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know[b] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” To put all this in the proper context, one must read all of John Chapter 14.

    • Abrushing1968 profile imageAUTHOR

      Aaron Rushing 

      6 years ago from USA- Florida

      Larry I appreciate you stopping by and reading this hub.

      I must agree to disagree. Simply believing oneself to be a thing, does not make it so. If I claim to be a surgeon will you let me operate on you? If I believe myself an Atheist but believe in, and pray to God faithfully, am I a Atheist?

      We are judged by our actions. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, than its not a chicken.

      ABR

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      Josak 

      6 years ago from variable

      I second that actually, but as said it still doesen't mean his religion had anything to do with his acts its just it seems fair to me that a man is what he say's he is not what another person judges him to be, I am sure the Westboro baptist church (god hates fags guys) would think that allmost all self proffesed christians are not truly thatby their standars but it doesen't make it true.

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      Larry Fields 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      Voted up. I agree with Josak's characterization of Breivik as a right wing racist nut. I also agree that Christianity is not to blame for the terrorist attack.

      However as an outsider, I question the hub's basic premise that Breivik is NOT a Christian. Why?

      I remember from many years ago that a mainstream Catholic friend characterized evangelical Protestants as pseudo-Christians. I think there's a fairly widespread attitude that a person who claims to be Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, or whatever, but also believes that others who make similar claims, and who have DIFFERING interpretations of the same religious scriptures, are not TRUE B's, C's, H's, or M's.

      As a non-BCHM, this is slightly confusing for me. My simple-minded approach is to take the person's word about his faith category.

      If Breivik claims to be a Christian in a cultural sense, I won't dispute that. For whatever it's worth, I have noticed that Jews are slightly more tolerant of people who claim to be culturally but not religiously Jewish. I think that that kind of tolerance is a good thing. And we can all profit from that good example.

    • Abrushing1968 profile imageAUTHOR

      Aaron Rushing 

      6 years ago from USA- Florida

      I am Glad to hear that Josak. That is very refreshing coming from an Atheist.

      Be Well My friend

      ABR

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      Josak 

      6 years ago from variable

      I certainly dont blame christianity for his acts (even though I am a committed atheist) he is a right wing racist nut that's all.

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