Comment: "Divine Providence" is a Pandora's Box of evil, IMO.

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"Divine Providence" is a Pandora's Box of evil, IMO.

You are also going down the slippery slope and need to thread lightly here, IMO. For an individual to call upon God for guidance and support is one thing. When countries believe that they are favorably looked upon by God and are following His will, that borders on fascism. "When fascism come to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."
- Sinclair Lewis

In every war both factions believe that God is on their side. Divine Providence in America sanctioned the wholesale slaughter of Native Americans called the Manifest Destiny. We believed that we had the backing of the Almighty to wipe-out the Indians from sea to shining sea. The Old Testament reeks of Divine Providence as genocide, homicide, and infanticide all were sanctioned by invoking the name of God to justify this slaughter.

Hitler also believed that he was doing God's work in ridding the whole of Jews. Here is an excerpt:

"My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded only by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God's truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison. To-day, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before in the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice.... And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows. For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people.... When I go out in the morning and see these men standing in their queues and look into their pinched faces, then I believe I would be no Christian, but a very devil if I felt no pity for them, if I did not, as did our Lord two thousand years ago, turn against those by whom to-day this poor people is plundered and exploited.
-Adolf Hitler, in his speech in Munich on 12 April 1922