The following article was written by UK author Greg Hamilton on his excellent blog, Malsi-Tung:
In the aftermath of WWII people began to ask how the perpetrators of atrocities such as those who ran the Nazi death camps were not restrained by conscience.
|Nazis shooting Jews|
|The "learner" is connected to the electrodes|
- ‘Please continue’ or ‘Please go on’
- ‘The experiment requires you to continue’
- ‘It’s absolutely essential that you continue’
- ‘You have no other choice, you must go on’
|IS shooting captives|
The psychological study of obedience has also found that people suppress their consciences when obeying instructions that they would otherwise reject on moral grounds. They abdicate personal responsibility.
It is perhaps those four brave children from Baghdad who have shown us what is needed. Faced with the demand to submit to Allah or face a gruesome and cruel death, these four brave souls responded with, “no, we love Yesua; we have always loved Yesua; we have always followed Yesua; Yesua has always been with us”. They thereby demonstrated both great love and great courage. It is these qualities that we all need. They don’t have to be expressed in a Christian context but they do have to be expressed.