Spread of Communism
The creations of the Iron Curtain and spread of communism was a dark time for humanity. Stalin and Lenin are confirmed to have slaughtered more than 50 million of their countrymen, and they likely killed closer to a combined total of 100 to 150 million people. Mao Zedong, meanwhile, murdered at least 50 million Chinese while “purifying” his country during the so-called Cultural Revolution. Given that records have been deliberately altered, hidden and destroyed, his body count is likely far higher. These were the leaders of communism. They did their best to spread their ruthless control, and one of their greatest enemies was Christianity. The Bible teaches that a utopia is impossible to create on Earth because mankind is inherently fallible. This is the exact opposite of what communism teaches and claims to want to achieve. Religion and the church, meanwhile, provided a source of courage and strength to stand up against such vile dictators. As such, communism did its best to exterminate organized religion, and China today continues to oppress and persecute Christians. As communism appeared to have the upper hand for some time, people thought that perhaps this was the end of Christianity, at least in the East. Instead, more than a million Poles turned out to hear Pope John Paul II, and the oppressed Catholics cried out “We want God! We want God!” Less than a generation after it was raised, the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union dissolved, setting Eastern Europe free. Communism burned, but Christianity carried on.