So Josef Stalin had a daughter, Svetlana Iosifovna Alliluyeva. And two sons. One son was captured by the Nazis in 1941 and died in a concentration camp. The other son died an alcoholic at age 40. Svetlana defected to the United States in 1967. Her father had served 12 years as Premier of the Soviet Union, where his government promoted atheism through special atheistic education in schools, massive amounts of anti-religious propaganda, the antireligious work of public institutions (especially the Society of the Godless), discriminatory laws, and also a terror campaign against religious believers.
Yet even living in the godless Soviet Union, with her father as its Premier, Svetlana saw through this hopelessly misguided worldview and believed:
“it was impossible to exist without God in one’s heart.”
And so Jesus’ words come true again:
“…upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)
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