Scotty sent this in.
My wife and I were arrested several
times, beaten, and hauled before Nazi judges. The Nazi terror was great, but only a taste of what was to come under the Communists.
But these Nazi times had one great advantage. They taught us that physical beatings could be endured, and that the human spirit with God’s help can survive horrible tortures.
Beginning August 23, 1944, one million Russian troops entered Romania and, very soon after this, the Communists came to power in our country. Then began a nightmare that made suffering under the Nazis seem easy.
Our army and police were disarmed and so, by violence and hated by almost all, the Communists came to power. It was not without the cooperation of the American and British rulers of that time.
TAP – The British were the power behind the spread of Communism. Why was that? Search on this blog to find out.
The cruelty of atheism is hard to believe. When a man has no faith in the reward of good or the punishment of evil, there is no reason to be human. There is no restraint from the depths of evil that is in man. The Communist torturers often said, “There is no God, no hereafter, no punishment for evil. We can do what we wish.”
I heard one torturer say, “I thank God, in whom I DO NOT believe, that I have lived to this hour when I can express all the evil in my heart.” He expressed it in unbelievable brutality and torture inflicted on prisoners.
(following text copied from Voice of the Martyrs website) http://www.persecution.com/
Pastor Richard Wurmbrand (imprisoned and tortured by the Communist authorities in Romania for a total of 14 years) was not the first Christian leader to escape the cruel treatment of Romania’s Communist government; others had preceded him. Yet much of the Western world remained ignorant of the sufferings endured by those of the Underground Church. Why had no one else spoken out?
This answer became apparent to Pastor Wurmbrand on his departure from Romania when the officers of the secret police warned him to never speak against the Communists. They had their agents in the West and made it clear to Wurmbrand that they would be watching him. And why should he speak out? Had he not suffered enough?
But Wurmbrand did speak. Despite the Communist threats and the criticism of some Western church leaders, he bore witness to the sufferings of those who endured a Communist hell and spoke of their overcoming faith.
Within his first year in the United States, Pastor Wurmbrand was detained twice for “disrupting” pro-Communist rallies. He was called to testify before the Senate, stripping to the waist to reveal the scars of eighteen embedded wounds from the frequent tortures. Some Christian leaders called him a lunatic – one who had lost his mind in the confines of a solitary prison cell. To others he became the “Iron Curtain Paul” or the “Voice of the Underground Church.”
A reporter with the Philadelphia Herald said of Wurmbrand, “He stood in the midst of lions, but they could not devour him.”
In October 1967, with $100, an old typewriter, and 500 names and addresses, Richard Wurmbrand published the first issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. This small publication was dedicated to communicating the testimonies and trials facing our brothers and sisters in restricted nations worldwide.
This newsletter was like no other. Readers would write to the Wurmbrands, appalled at the atrocities he described. “How could this be true?” they asked. Others said the newsletter gave them nightmares and asked not to receive it. But those who looked beyond the sufferings and tortures saw a beauty-a beauty in the hearts of men, women, and even children who refused to renounce Christ. Readers also witnessed a living faith that enabled men like Pastor Wurmbrand to “kiss the bars” of their prison cell, to rejoice in the fellowship of Christ’s suffering.
(following paragraphs are taken from Tortured For Christ)
Millions of sins, filthy deeds, acts of violence, and physical contagion are far less dangerous than the subtle, spiritual idea of a God.”
Whereas in the East, Communists are disappointed and have lost their illusions, in the West
a “humanistic communism” has remained virulent. The Western humanists / Communists simply do not believe all the bad reports about the cruelties, the misery, and the persecution in Communist countries. They spread their ‘faith’ with tireless zeal everywhere, in the lounges of the upper classes, in the clubs of intellectuals, in colleges, in the slums, and in the churches.
Many Communists commit suicide. So did their greatest poets, Essenin and Maiakovski. So did their great writer Fadeev. He had just finished his novel called Happiness in which he had explained that happiness consists in working tirelessly for communism. He was so happy
about it that he shot himself after having finished the novel. It was too difficult for his soul to bear such a great lie. Joffe, Tomkin – great Communist leaders and fighters for communism in Czarist times likewise could not bear to see how communism looks in reality. They also ended in suicide.
“Your religion is anti-scientific,” the judge taunted, to which the accused girl – a
student – answered, “Do you know more science than Einstein? Than Newton? They were believers. Our universe bears Einstein’s name. I have learned in high school that its name is the Einsteinian universe.
Einstein writes: ‘If we cleanse the Judaism of the prophets, and Christianity as Jesus has taught it, from what came afterwards – especially from priestcraft – we have a religion which can save the world from all social evils. It is the Holy duty of every man to do his utmost to bring this religion to triumph.’
Jesus said, “If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you” (John 15:20). He also warned us that “in the world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33), and “you will be hated by all for My name’s sake” (Matthew 10:22).
Richard Wurmbrand – Tortured For Christ (1969) http://torturedforchrist.com/writings/
TAP – Thanks for using Google docs, Scotty. It’s mostly worked. Aangirfan – You have to go as if to print the documents, and then copy at the pre-print stage. New Blogger then behaves itself when you paste.
I loved the bit about Fadeev writing Happiness…..