Notre Dame: An Omen?
They were wrong, of course; and as a result, the two dominant forces in Europe -- secular leftism and Islamism -- sought the end of Christianity and the West. (The left believes that protecting Western civilization is equivalent to protecting white supremacy.) This is not producing a pretty picture. Generally speaking, Islam has not been nearly as kind, tolerant, open, medically or scientifically innovative or intellectually curious as Western civilization (and yes, Nazism and communism were born in the West, but they were anti-Western). Even without tens of millions of Muslims, post-Christian Europe - it has not produced a pretty picture.
This was predicted in 1834, 100 years before Hitler's rise, by the great German poet Heinrich Heine, a secular Jew (who later converted to Protestantism, "the ticket of admission into European culture") he said: "Christianity -- and that is its greatest merit -- has somewhat mitigated that brutal German love of war, but it could not destroy it. Should that subduing talisman, the cross, be shattered, the frenzied madness of the ancient warriors, that insane Berserk rage of which Nordic bards have spoken and sung so often, will once more burst into flame. This talisman (the cross) is fragile, and the day will come when it will collapse miserably. Then ... a play will be performed in Germany which will make the French Revolution look like an innocent idyll."
I don't know if a worker accident or a radical Muslim set fire to Notre Dame Cathedral (as Muslims have vandalized scores of other churches around Europe). In terms of what the fire represented, it doesn't much matter. What matters is the omen:
Europe is burning, just as Notre Dame did.
Christians are scorned just as Jesus was. Isaiah 53:3-5; John 14:1-3
*Excerpted and adapted full original report from Dennis Prager here
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