The Bible - Quotes from Famous Men
Napoleon, Emperor of the French (1804-1814),
The gospel is not a book; it
is a living being, with an action, a power, which invades every thing
that opposes its extension, behold! It is upon this table: This book,
surpassing all others. I never omit to read it, and every day with some
Pascal, French philosopher
and mathematician, developed the modern theory of probability, 1623-1662
I prefer to believe those writers
who get their throats cut for what they write.
Isaac Newton, English
mathematician and scientist, 1642-1727
We account the scriptures of
God to be the most sublime philosophy. I find more sure marks of authenticity
in the Bible than in any profane history whatsoever.
Voltaire, French infidel,
said that within 100 years of his time, Christianity would be
swept away from existence and pass into the obscurity of history.
-Yet 50 years after his death, the
Geneva Bible Society used his house and printing press to produce stacks
Robert Dick Wilson, fluent
in more than 45 languages and dialects
Concluded after a lifetime study of the Old Testament:
I may add that the result of
my 45 years of study of the Bible has led me all the time to a firmer
faith that in the Old Testament, we have a true historical account of
the history of the Israelite people.
The Cambridge History of the Bible
No other book has known anything
approaching this constant circulation.
Pope Pius X, 1903
On p. 763 Revision of the Challoner, Rheims
version, edited by R. C. Scholars:
The more we read the gospel,
the stronger our faith becomes.
St. Jerome, Roman Catholic
Ignorance of the Scriptures
is ignorance of Christ.
Sir Ambrose Flemming, British
electrical engineer and inventor, 1849-1945
We must not build on the sands
of an uncertain and everchanging science
but upon the rock of inspired
Jean Jacques Rousseau, French
Jewish authors would never have
invented either that style nor that morality; and the Gospel has marks
of truth so great, so striking, so utterly inimitable, that the invention
of it would be more astonishing than the hero.
Patrick Henry, American
Revolutionary leader and orator, 1736-1799
There is a book worth all other
books which were ever printed.
President Ronald Reagan,
40th President of the United States
Of the many influences that
have shaped the United States into a distinctive nation and people,
none may be said to be more fundamental and enduring than the Bible.
President George Washington,
First President of the United States
It is impossible to rightly
govern the world without God and Bible.
Immanuel Kant, German
idealist philosopher, 1724-1804
I believe that the existence
of the Bible is the greatest benefit to the human race. Any attempt
to belittle it, I believe, is a crime against humanity.
Robert E. Lee, Civil
War General who fought for the Southern Confederacy:
In all my perplexities and distresses,
the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength.
Abraham Lincoln, 16th
President of the United States, 1809-1865
I am busily engaged in the study
of the Bible. I believe it is Gods word because it finds me where
I believe the Bible is the best
gift God has ever given to man. All the good of the Savior of the world
is communicated to us through the Book.
Woodrow Wilson, 28th President
of the United States, 1856-1924
When you have read the Bible,
you know it is the word of God, because it is the key to your heart,
your own happiness, and your own duty.
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th
President of the United States, 1858-1919
A thorough understanding of
the Bible is better than a college education.
There are 32,000 citations of the N.T. in the writings of the
Church fathers written prior to the Council of Nice (A.D. 325).
Daniel Webster, American
politician and noted orator, 1782-1852
I believe that the Bible is
to be understood and received in the plain and obvious meaning of its
passages; for I cannot persuade myself that a book intended for the
instruction and conversion of the whole world should cover its true
meaning in any such mystery and doubt that none but critics and philosophers
can discover it.
Education is useless without
Sir David Dabrymple
States that the degree of corruption
of following texts is:
|New Testament . . . . . . . . . . .
|| - 0.5%
|Iliad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
|Mahabharata. . . . . . . . . . . . .
Professor M. Montiero-Williams, former Boden prof. Of Sanskrit who spent 42 years studying
Said comparing them with the Bible:
Pile them, if you will, on the
left side of your study table; but place your own Holy Bible on the
right sideall by itself, all aloneand with a wide gap between
there is a gulf between it and the so-called sacred books
of the East which severs the one from the other utterly hopelessly,
and a forever
a veritable gulf which cannot be bridged over by
any science of religious thought.
John Wesley, British religious
leader who founded Methodism, 1703-1791
This book had to be written
by one of three people: good men, bad men or God. It couldnt have
been written by good men because they said it was inspired by the revelation
of God. Good men dont lie and deceive. It couldnt have been
written by bad men because bad men would not write something that would
condemn themselves. It leaves only one conclusion. It was given by divine
inspiration of God.
In view of the overwhelming
mass of authentic and well-attested evidence now available, as I thought
of the skeptical criticism which from the eighteenth century onward
would fain have demolished the Bible altogether, there kept hammering
in my brain this one sentence: The Bible is right after all.
Pope Benedict XV, Pope
from 1914-1922, who led the Roman Catholic Church through World War I,
In Introduction of the Roman Catholic Bible
translated from Latin Vulgate:
The responsibility of our apostolic
office impels us to
promote the study of Holy Scripture in accordance
with the teaching of our predecessors, Leo XIII and Pius X
desist from urging the faithful to read daily the gospels, the Acts
and the Epistles so as to gather hence food for their souls
of the Bible means ignorance of Christ.
In her belief in the divine
authority and the perfect truth of the Bible as being the inspired word
of God, the Catholic church has never hesitated, neither has she overlooked
the fact that this message must lie sealed and silent to many of her
children unless given them in her own language.
From the Greatest Book in the World:
It seems strange that the text
of Shakespeare which has been in existence less than 208 years should
be far more uncertain and corrupt than that of the N.T., now over 18
centuries old, during nearly fifteen of which it existed only in manuscript
perhaps a dozen or twenty exceptions, the text of every verse in the
N.T., may be said to be so far settled by general consent of scholars,
that any dispute to its readings must relate rather to interpretation
of the words than to any doubts respecting the words themselves. But
in every one of Shakespeares 37 plays there are probably a 100
headings still in dispute, a portion of which materially affect the
meaning of the passages in which they occur.
Jews preserved it as no other
manuscript has ever been preserved. With their massora they kept tabs
on every letter, syllable, word and paragraph. They had special classes
of men within their culture whose sole duty was to preserve and transmit
these documents with practically perfect fidelityscribes, lawyers,
In regard to the New Testament,
there are about 13,000 manuscripts, complete and incomplete, in Greek
and other languages, that have survived from antiquity.
A thousand times over, the death
knell of the Bible has been sounded, the funeral procession formed,
the inscription cut on the tombstone, and committal read. But somehow
the corpse never stays put.
No other book has been so chopped,
knifed, sifted, scrutinized, and vilified. What book on philosophy or
religion or psychology or belles lettres of classical or modern times
has been subject to such a mass attack as the Bible? With such venom
and skepticism? With such thoroughness and erudition? Upon every chapter,
line and tenet?
The Bible is still loved by
millions, read by millions, and studied by millions.
Horace Greeley, Editor and Politician
It is impossible to enslave
mentally or socially a Bible-reading people. The principles of the
Bible are the groundwork of human freedom.
Dr. Robert Milikan, former President of the California Inst. Of Tech. And Nobel
Peace Prize winner
I consider an intimate knowledge
of the Bible an indispensable quality of a well educated man.
William Foxwell Albright, American
Archaeologist and educator known for his excavations of biblical sites,
The Bible towers in content
above all earlier religious literature; and it towers just as impressively
over all subsequent literature in the direct simplicity of its message
and the catholicity of its appeal to men of all lands and times.
Prof. Edward Meyer, University of Berlin, one of the greatest living authorities
on ancient history
Concerning the Bible said:
There is no ground at
all for refusing to accept these oldest traditions as historically trustworthy
in all essentials, and in their chronological ordering of history.
Francis Bacon, English
statesman and writer, 1597
Called the Bible:
The book of Gods word.
Malcolm Muggeridge, British
People say that the Bible is
a boring book
but they dont say that about Shakespeare, because
the people who teach Shakespeare are zealous for Shakespeare.
Victor Hugo, French writer,
England has two books; the Bible
and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare, but the Bible made England.
Goethe, German writer
and scientist, 1749-1832
I look upon all four Gospels
as thoroughly genuine, for there shines forth from them the reflected
splendor of a sublimity proceeding from Jesus Christ.
Sir Frederic Kenyon, Director and principal librarian of the British museum, foremost
expert on ancient manuscripts:
The interval between the dates
of original composition (of the N.T.) and the earliest extant evidence
becomes so small as to be in fact negligible and the foundation for
any doubt that the Scriptures have come down to us substantially as
they were written has now been removed; both the authenticity and the
general integrity of the books of the N.T. may be regarded as firmly
All Scripture is God-breathed
and He doesnt waste His breath.
Reputable scholars now believe that
the New Testament account is reliable history.