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STALIN: LIKE STEEL TOWARD GOD


According to Svetlana Stalin, as her father, Joseph Stalin lay dying, he was plagued with terrifying hallucinations. He suddenly sat halfway up in bed, clenched his fist toward the heavens once more, fell back upon his pillow, and was dead.


The incredible irony of his whole life is that at one time Joseph Stalin had been a seminary student, preparing for the ministry. Coming of the age of Nietzsche, he made a decisive break from his belief in God. This dramatic and complete reversal of conviction that resulted in his hatred for all religion is why Lenin had earlier chosen Stalin and positioned him in authority--a choice Lenin too late regretted. (The name Stalin, which means "steel," was not his real name, but was given to him by his contemporaries who fell under the steel-like determination of his will.) And as Stalin lay dying; his one last gesture was a clenched fist toward God, his heart as cold and hard as steel.


God seeks and finds but we still have the choice as to how we will respond to him.

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