Vladimir Putin Found Quoting Bible Verse During Pro-Russia Rally in Moscow to justify his full scale invasion of Ukraine to an audience of more than 200,000
Last Friday, Vladimir Putin delivered a speech during Pro-Russia Rally in Moscow. The celebration marks the eighth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
In Putin’s speech, he quoted a Bible verse that has confused many people around the world —especially Christians. It sounded weird that Mr. Putin tried to justify his invasion in Ukraine killing innocent souls with the Bible.
He quoted the Russian Constitution and how the law fortifies them to unite. Again, Putin quoted John 15:13 from the Bible.
“There is no greater love than giving up one’s soul for one’s friends,” he said, paraphrasing Jesus’ words from John 15:13.
He believes the Russian soldiers have been brave enough to fight real hard dying for each other on the battlefield.
Vladimir Putin said the “special military operation” in Ukraine is an effort to “save people from genocide” and to “demilitarize and denazify” the country.
Russian officials revealed that the rally was meant to foster patriotism among Russian citizens. More than 200,000 people gathered Friday in and around Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. Meanwhile, the stadium host a seating capacity of 81,000. Sources say many others were spotted outside the stadium.
Attendees waved Russian flags marked with the letter “Z” and listened to patriotic songs, in an atmosphere one reporter called “very Wrestlemania.”
Why Putin Quoted Bible Verse During The Pro-Russia Rally?
The Bible is the Holy Book from God. Putin who has not openly declared his faith and beliefs quoted the Bible. To the surprise of Christians and those who condemn his unjustified attack in Ukraine wondered how on earth he could hide behind the Bible and justify killing innocent people.
“We know what we need to do, how to do it, and at what cost,” Putin told the cheering crowd. “And we will absolutely accomplish all of our plans.” The 69-year-old Russian leader repeated his justification that the “main purpose” of the operation in Ukraine is to “save people from suffering and genocide.”
In Ukraine, Russian soldiers are fighting “shoulder to shoulder,” Putin said, adding, “We haven’t had such unity in such a long time.” He also promised to “bring to trial those who perpetrated numerous bloody crimes against civilians, including against citizens of the Russian Federation.”
According to Putin’s speech, he is saving people from suffering and genocide. This has been known as a false pretext.
Why hide behind the Bible?
The Bible is full of moral values, truth, and spiritual insight that promotes righteousness. So to look righteous, the Bible could be the best source.
Did anyone open the book of Proverbs to him before quoting John 15:13 as justification of the death of his own soldiers, that of Ukraine, and innocent souls?
“There are six things that the LORD hates, even seven things that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift to run to evil.” (Proverbs 6:16 -18)
It is quite surprising for the world to see massive attendance despite the condemnation from international bodies and individual groups.
According to the BBC, some audience who were waiting to enter the stadium revealed that they were pressured by employers to attend:
“I think most people here don’t support the war; I don’t,” said one man, a state worker who indicated he was forced to attend—and would stay only “for a while.”
Is Putin a true Christian believer?
It hasn’t been clear for many. Because his speech last Friday concerning the Bible verse doesn’t reflect his action.
Mark Tooley, president of The Institute on Religion and Democracy once had an interview with ‘Faithwire’ and revealed some of the religious beliefs and political ideologies of Putin:
“Certainly, he has embraced the patronage of the Russian Orthodox Church and used it to advance his own political purposes domestically and internationally, but that is a centuries-long tradition for Russia.”