Lennon and Lenin

I was thinking about the lives of John Lennon and Vladimir Lenin recently when I came across a trivia quiz where you have to decide if a given quote was said by Lennon or Lenin.

Here’s a couple of examples:

“God is a concept by which we measure our pain.”

“There are decades when nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.”

“Can a nation be free if it oppresses another nations?”

“A lie told often enough becomes truth.”

You can take the test and find the answers here.

The quote that started my thought process was Lennon’s assumption in 1966 that “Christianity was in decline and the Beatles had become more popular than Jesus Christ.”

Lenin, writing on Socialism and Religion, agreed with Marx that ”Religion is opium for the people. Religion is a sort of spiritual booze, in which the slaves of capital drown their human image, their demand for a life more or less worthy of man.

Here we are 90 years after the death of Lenin and 34 years since Lennon was murdered and Communism hasn’t crushed religion and, certainly worldwide, Christianity goes from strength to strength.

I’m reminded of the words of Jesus when He told Peter that, “I will build my church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.”