Norway’s Terrorist Claims Christian Label While Denying Christ

By: Ryan Atkins 0 Comments   7/27/2011

Many of you may have heard that at least 99 people are dead following a killing rampage in Norway last Friday.

The main suspect, Anders Behring Breveik, is reportedly behind the bombing that took place in a government building in Oslo, Norways capitol, killing seven as well as a shooting spree at a youth camp on Utoyas Island, killing 92.

Breveik, has declared himself a Christian, sadly once again one who calls himself a brother in the Lord, has left the ordinances of our Father in Heaven of loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves, for the plans we contrive ourselves.

I am not innocent to the fact of choosing certain themes in the Bible to justify my actions, but we must be cautious to do this especially when the souls of human lives are involved.

It does not matter what ethnicity or what religion an individual chooses to follow. Yes the Bible is very specific that whoever denies Jesus Christ, denies God and forsakes eternity with the Father, however that does not give us as imperfect, blemished humans the right to kill those who are part of a different political party or religious group.

I am intrigued by this blog posted on cnn.com http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/07/25/understanding-christian-fundamentalist-label-for-norway-terror-suspect/?hpt=hp_t2 , written by Dan Gilgoff.

"’My impression is that Christianity is used more as a vehicle to unjustly assign some religious moral weight,’ to his political views, said Anders Romarheim, a fellow at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies. ‘It is a signifier of Western culture and values, which is what they pretend to defend.’‘I would say they are more anti-Islam than pro-Christian,’ Romarheim said in reference to what appear to be Breivik's views. The manifesto is religion-obsessed in that it rants for long stretches against Muslims and their growing presence in Europe.”

Sadly just as many individuals received an incorrect impression of Muslims or Islam following September 11, 2001, people will have a negative taste of Christianity following this heinous incident.

However, if we read the Bible we’ll see what true Christianity is, and those who say they’re following Christ but live theirs lives with hate and contempt could be following a misguided conception of Christianity.

“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill thelust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and theSpirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you donot do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit,you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication,uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions,jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness,revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told youin time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdomof God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Againstsuch there is no law.  And those who are Christ’s havecrucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in theSpirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited,provoking one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:16-26

The proof of true Christianity is in the Scriptures, which means if we think we’re obeying the Lord we should read the Bible to know for certain, while we’re sharing our thoughts and ideas with multiple men and women of faith to help us imperfect humans becoming off track.

Those who think all Christians are hypocrites and use incidences such as the tragedy in Norway as proof, should be willing to truly look deeper into the Bible and to the actual facts, not merely because an individual says he/she is a Christian.

It is interesting to see how quickly the majority of the media highlighted this tragedy as a Christian terrorist, while Anders has denied a relationship with Christ.

In his 1,518 page manifesto, the perpetrator of the atrocities in Norway has specifically disavowed any real commitment to Christ. In his own words:

A majority of so called agnostics and atheists in Europe are cultural conservative Christians without even knowing it. So what is the difference between cultural Christians and religious Christians?

If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God then you are a religious Christian. My self 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 (p. 1307).

Like a growing number in the west, Anders claim to Christianity is by name only because of its cultural acceptance. 

But salvation does not come from the label of Christianity but by evidence of a transformed life in relationship with Jesus Christ which begins with believing that Christ is the Son of God and has died in the flesh for our sins to reveal God’s justice and his wrath that remains on those that do not believe.  The Christian label does not justify sin.  

And if you build your life upon and put your hope and faith in a culture of Christianity rather than Christ, than you are building your life on sand, because no other foundation can be laid other than the one that has been laid – which is Jesus Christ. 

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