America Needs The Bible
It is impossible rightly to govern the world without God and the Bible.
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.John Quincy Adams:
So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it, the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens to their country, and respectable members of society.
The Bible is our only safe guide. The Bible fits man for life and prepares him for death.
If there is anything in my thoughts or style to commend, the credit is due to my parents for instilling in me an early love of the Scriptures. If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.
I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, sir, in the Sacred Writings, that except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it.
It is impossible to mentally or socially enslave a Bible-reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom.
Dwight D. Eisenhower:
My friends, before I begin the expression of those thoughts that I deem appropriate to this moment, would you permit me the privilege of uttering a little private prayer of my own. And I ask that you bow your heads. *Almighty God, as I stand here at this moment, my future associates in the executive branch of government join me in beseeching that Thou will make full and complete our dedication to the service of the people in this throng and their fellow citizens everywhere. Give us, we pray, the power to discern clearly right from wrong, and allow all our words and actions to be governed thereby, and by the laws of this land. Especially we pray that our concern shall be for all people regardless of station, race, or calling. May cooperation be permitted and be the mutual aim of those who, under the precepts of our Constitution, hold to differing political faiths; so that all may work for the good of our beloved country and Thy glory, Amen.*
Ulysses S. Grant:
Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet-anchor of your liberties; write its precepts in your hearts and practice them in your lives.
It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians . . . not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed.
The whole inspiration of our civilization springs from the teachings of Christ and the lessons of the prophets. To read the bible for these fundamentals is a necessity of American life.
The Bible is the source of liberty.
The Bible, sir, is the Rock upon which our Republic rests.
John F. Kennedy:
The same revolutionary beliefs for which our forbears fought are still at issue around the globe . . . the beliefs that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.
Martin Luther King Jr.:
The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: *If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?* But the Good Samaritan reversed the question: *If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?*
We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!
The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.
I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Saviour of the world is communicated to us through this book.
I am much afraid that the schools will prove to be the great gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scripture, engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount.
We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.
We will either be governed by God or ruled by tyrants.
I am told that tens of thousands of prayer meetings are being held on this day, and for that I am deeply grateful. We are a nation under God, and I believe God intended for us to be free. It would be fitting and good, I think, if on each inauguration day in future years it should be declared a day of prayer.
Corrie ten Boom:
Voltaire expected that within fifty years of his lifetime there would not be one Bible in the world. His house is now a distribution center for Bibles in many languages.
I enter a most earnest plea that in our hurried and rather bustling life of today we do not lose the hold our forefathers had on the Bible.
Alexis de Tocqueville:
I sought for the greatness of America in her harbors and rivers and fertile fields, and her mines and commerce. It was not there. Not until I went into the Churches and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the greatness of her power. America is great because she is good; and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.
John Wyclif, first translator of the English Bible:
The Bible is for the Government of the People, by the People, and for the People.
W. E. Gladstone:
I have known ninety-five of the world*s great men in my time, and of these eight-seven were followers of the Bible. The Bible is stamped with a Specialty of Origin, and an immeasurable distance separates it from all competitors.
The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it.
That book accounts for the supremacy of England.
The Bible has been the Magna Charta of the poor and oppressed. The human race is not in a position to dispense with it.
W. H. Seward:
The whole hope of human progress is suspended on the ever growing influence of the Bible.
Robert E. Lee:
In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength.
Bible reading is an education in itself.
The existence of the Bible, as a book for the people, is the greatest benefit which the human race has ever experienced. Every attempt to belittle it is a crime against humanity.
The New Testament is the very best book that ever was or ever will be known in the world.
Sir William Herschel:
All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of confirming more and more strongly the truths contained in the Sacred Scriptures.
Sir Isaac Newton:
There are more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history.
Let mental culture go on advancing, let the natural sciences progress in greater extent and depth, and the human mind widen itself as much as it desires, beyond the elevation and moral culture of Christianity, as it shines forth in the gospels, it will not go.
Henry Van Dyke:
Born in the East and clothed in Oriental form and imagery, the Bible walks the ways of all the world with familiar feet and enters land after land to find its own everywhere. It has learned to speak in hundreds of languages to the heart of man. Children listen to its stories with wonder and delight, and wise men ponder them as parables of life. The wicked and the proud tremble at its warnings, but to the wounded and penitent it has a mother*s voice. It has woven itself into our dearest dreams; so that Love, Friendship, Sympathy, Devotion, Memory and Hope put on the beautiful garments of its treasured speech. No man is poor or desolate who has this treasure for his own. When the landscape darkens, and the trembling pilgrim comes to the Valley of the Shadow, he is not afraid to enter; he takes the rod and staff of Scripture in his hand; he says to friend and comrade, *Goodbye; We Shall Meet Again*; and, confronted by that support, he goes toward the lonely pass as one who walks through darkness into light.