The idea that Hitler could be in heaven has probably never crossed the mind of most Christians. Everyone knows that Hitler was evil. Everyone knows that he caused millions of people to be put to death in order to advance his own wicked agenda. In the heart and mind of every Christian and Jew and anyone else who believes in heaven and hell, right and wrong, good and bad, the answer must certainly be “no”. However, when considering the question in a purely unemotional, objective and Biblical way the answer might be yes because “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible”. (Matthew 19:26 KJV)
The Bible, God’s inerrant and infallible Word, tells us that all who confess their sins and ask forgiveness and accept Christ as their Lord and Savior will be saved; as stated in Romans 10:13: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (KJV)
Could not Hitler have had a born again experience during his last moments of life? Does history record every minute of the events and happenings leading up to the instant that he put a pistol to his head and blew his brains out? Does anyone know his innermost thoughts at that time? For that matter, do we know whether or not he was even sane enough to ask God’s forgiveness? Assuming that he was sane at the last and did ask forgiveness at the eleventh hour then we must accept that not only the possibility exists but that it is plausible that Hitler would be in heaven- even though he committed suicide.
Suicide is equal to murder and wrong in the eyes of God. No right-minded Christian would do it except in a moment of severe weakness. Assuming Hitler had become a Christian and then killed himself in a weak moment he would still be saved. Though he would suffer loss of any reward, his salvation would still be intact. 1 Corinthians 3:15 is probably a fair description of what happens to a Christian who commits suicide “If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself will be saved; yet so as by fire” (KJV)
In speculating on the possibility of last minute salvation we must again consult Scripture. When Jesus was about to be crucified between two “malefactors” (criminals) one of them blasphemed Christ, but the other defended Him: “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:42,43 KJV) That criminal received last minute, “death bed” salvation. If it was granted to him it would have to be granted to Hitler or anyone else who sincerely sought or seeks God’s mercy. “Whosoever” in Romans 10:13 (quoted above) means all and anyone with a contrite and sincerely repentant heart.
This article only considers the possibility. However, man, including some Christians, is an often vindictive and unforgiving creature, even though God says we should not be. It would be very difficult for most of us to ever accept the idea of Hitler being in heaven until such time as we should arrive there and see for ourselves.