Hey Joshua! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and questions! I’ve been praying, asking questions, searching scripture, and listening to others’ input on this topic for months at this point.
Your questions about Hitler really stood out to me, and as I was reading them I had thoughts flooding through my head. I pray that sharing these thoughts will both be encouraging and helpful for you.
I really believe we all have an inner voice/conscience. The question is, who is that voice answering to? The call to sin or the call to righteousness? I think of Romans 6:16 that says,
“you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness” (ESV)
All of us have found ourselves slaves to sin. I think we can argue, based on scripture, that Satan will do whatever he can to keep us in that sin. The amazing thing is that God can reach out and rescue us from that slavery and make us slaves to righteousness.
During Hitler’s rule, I think it’s safe to argue that he was a slave to sin, which gave him no other option but to respond in a sinful way to whatever his experiences and feelings were. I hope I’m right in assuming that by “enemy” you’re referring to Satan. I don’t know that Satan was directly talking to Hitler, but I think Satan does have power to tempt us to continue sinning.
I truly believe that if Hitler had read scripture and accepted it, his inner voice would have become more God-centered. The reason I believe this is that, if Hitler had come to the point of accepting scripture, the Holy Spirit would have to be involved. It is the Holy Spirit who reveals truth to us. (John 16:13 & 1 Corinthians 2:10)
Knowing this, as Christians who are filled with the Holy Spirit who reveals truth to us, I think we can trust God to guide what our inner voice is saying. Granted, we are still surrounded by sin, both in our bodies and in the world, and we will experience the negative effects of this. But there is hope yet, because God has provided a way for us to communicate to Him through prayer and ask for help. I love what John Piper says about prayer in his book, A Hunger for God,
“For years I have argued that prayer is meant by God to be a wartime walki-talkie, not a domestic intercom. God intends for us to call on him to help us because we are giving our lives to spread a passion for his supremacy in all things for the joy of all peoples. Prayer is not for the enhancement of our comforts but for the advancement of Christ’s kingdom.”
I hope all of this has been helpful. May God bless you as you continue to seek God’s will. I will be praying for you and your wife