The Bible And Famous Men Of History
"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
The Bible clearly states that it is from God and is profitable in daily life (1 Timothy 4:8). Wise and famous men have made clear statements about its effect in their own lives, and to the effect that a person or society who follows its light is wise:
SIR ISAAC NEWTON, astronomer and scientist: "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 whatever."
GEORGE WASHINGTON: "Above all, the pure and benign light of Revelation has had an ameliorating influence on mankind, and increased the blessings of society."
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: "Young man, my advice to you is that you cultivate an acquaintance with, and a firm belief in, the Holy Scriptures. This is your certain interest."
THOMAS JEFFERSON: "I always have said, and always will say, that the studious perusal of the Sacred Volume will make better citizens, better fathers, and better husbands."
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS: "The first and almost the only book deserving of universal attention is the Bible, I speak as a man of the world…, and I say to you, search the Scriptures.
ANDREW JACKSON: "It (the Bible) is the book on which our Republic rests."
ZACHARY TAYLOR: "It was for the love of the truths of this great book that our fathers abandoned their native shore for the wilderness."
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: "I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible. Take all of this book upon reason that you can and the balance by faith, and you will live and die a better man."
ULYSSES S. GRANT: "Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet anchor of your liberties; write its precepts on your hearts and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this book we are indebted for the progress made, and to this we must look as our guide in the future."
THEODORE ROOSEVELT: "Almost every man who has by his life-work added to the sum of human achievement of which the race is proud, of which our people are proud, almost every such man has based his life-work largely upon the teachings of the Bible."
WOODROW WILSON: "A man has deprived himself of the best there is in the world who has deprived himself of this (a knowledge of the Bible.)"
CALVIN COOLIDGE: "The foundations of our society and of our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible, that it would be difficult to support them, if faith in these teachings should cease to be practically universal in our country,"
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT: "I believe that all the differences that rend the world today would find speedy solution if men and nations would but return in all humility to the plain teachings of the Sermon on the Mount. There, indeed, are the truths that set men free."
GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR: "Believe me, sir, never a night goes by, be I ever so tired, but I read the Word of God before I go to bed."