Historical Quotes

“Men will surrender to the spirit of the age. They will say that if they had lived in our day, faith would be simple and easy. But in their day, they will say, things are complex; the Church must be brought up to date and made meaningful to the day’s problems. When the Church and the world are one, then those days are at hand.”

— Saint Antony the Abbot (251-356) – Anthony of Egypt

“God said it, I believe it, that settles it for me!”

— Saint Vincent Ferrer (1350–1419) Dominican Friar known as the “Angel of Judgement” preached the Gospel throughout Europe. He could read souls like an open book; he performed many miracles, expelled demons, multiplied food, raised the dead, prophesied, corrected heresy, and set straight corrupted morals.

“The wicked shall depart to Sheol [Hell], all the nations that forget God.”

— Psalms 9:17 RSV

“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.”

— Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430) Christian Theologian, Scholar, and Bishop

“To find him [God is], the greatest human achievement.”

— Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430) Christian Theologian, Scholar, and Bishop

“And when your herds and flocks multiply, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied, Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth,’ You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth; that he may confirm his covenant which he swore to your fathers, as at this day. And if you forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you this day that you shall surely perish. Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God.”

— Deuteronomy 8:13, 17-20  RSV

“‘And if you obey the voice of the LORD your God, being careful to do all his commandments which I command you this day, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the LORD your God. ‘But if you will not obey the voice of the LORD your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command you this day, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you. Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the field. ‘The LORD will send upon you curses, confusion, and frustration, in all that you undertake to do, until you are destroyed and perish quickly, on account of the evil of your doings, because you have forsaken me.'”

— Deuteronomy 28:1-2, 15-16, 20  RSV

“The prophecies are to be unintelligible to the ungodly but intelligible to those who are properly instructed.”   

— Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) French Mathematician, Physicist & Religious Philosopher

“I am much afraid that the schools and universities will prove to be the great gates to hell unless they diligently labour to explain the Holy Scriptures and engrave them upon the hearts of youth. I advise no one to send their child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution that does not unceasingly occupy its students with the Word of God must become corrupt.”

— Martin Luther (1483-1546) Leader of the Protestant Reformation in Europe

“I am abandoned by God and man. I will give you half of what I am worth if you will give me six months of life. Then I shall go to hell and you will go with me, Oh, Christ, Oh, Jesus Christ!” (last words)

— Voltaire [François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire] (1694-1778) French writer, humanist, essayist & deist

“About the time of the end, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the prophecies, and insist upon their literal interpretation, in the midst of much clamour and opposition.”

— Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) English physicist, mathematician & philosopher

“The prophecies are the strongest proof of Jesus Christ. It is for them also that God has made most provision; for the event which has fulfilled them is a miracle existing since the birth of the Church to the end. So God has raised up prophets during sixteen hundred years, and, during four hundred years afterwards, He has scattered all these prophecies among all the Jews, who carried them into all parts of the world. Such was the preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ, and, as His Gospel was to be believed by all the world, it was not only necessary that there should be prophecies to make it believed, but that these prophecies should exist throughout the whole world, in order to make it embraced by the whole world.”

— Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) French mathematician, physicist & religious philosopher

“There is no question the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because he comforted be with marvelous illumination from the Holy Scriptures …For the execution of the journey to the Indies I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps. It is simply the fulfillment of Isaiah had prophesied.”

— Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) Genoese navigator sailing for Spain discovered the American Continents

“I feel persuaded, by the many and wonderful manifestations of Divine Providence in my especial favour, that I am the chosen instrument of God in bringing to pass a great event—no less than the conversion of millions who are now existing in the darkness of Paganism.”

— Amerigo Vespucci (1454–1512) Italian Navigator and Cartographer

“[It is not for man]  to search human polities and platforms of government, contrived by the wisdom of man; but as the Lord hath carried on their works for them, so they ought to go unto the Lord, and enquire at the Word of his mouth, what platform of government he hath therein commanded and prescribed ; and humble themselves to embrace that as the best, how mean so ever it may seem to humane wisdom. Faith can see beauty, power and glory in any Divine institution, when humane wisdom may think it weak and contemptible.

There is undoubtedly a form of civil government instituted by God himself in the Holy Scriptures; whereby any nation may enjoy all the ends and effects of government in the best manner, were they but persuaded to make trial of it. We should derogate from the sufficiency and perfection of the Scriptures, if we should deny it. The scripture is able thoroughly to furnish the man of God (whether Magistrate in the Commonwealth, or elder in the Church, or any other) unto every good work. …

And when a Christian people are to choose their Government, should they take their patern from the Nations of the World (a), we know what an offence that would be to Christ, who intends to Rule them himself, by his own Divine Patern and Direction. … The Promise also of Gods blessing and protection is unto all those, who walk in Scripture-ways and Ordinances…

[The] written Word of God is the perfect system or frame of Laws, to guide all the moral actions of man, either towards God or man.”

— John Eliot  (1604-1690) Puritan Minister called “the apostle to the Indians.” OH, THE CIVIL POLICY OF THE RISING KINGDOM OF JESUS CHRIST. WRITTEN BEFORE THE INTERRUPTION OF THE GOVERNMENT

“The folly of interpreters has been to foretell times and things by this prophecy, as if God designed to make them prophets. By this rashness they have not only exposed themselves, but brought the prophecy also into contempt. The design of God was much otherwise. He gave this and the prophecies of the Old Testament, not to gratify men’s curiosities by enabling them to foreknow things, but that after they were fulfilled they might be interpreted by the event, and his own providence, not the interpreters’, be then manifested thereby to the world. For the event of things predicted many ages before will then be a convincing argument that the world is governed by Providence.”

— Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) English physicist, mathematician & philosopher.

“The prophecies are to be unintelligible to the ungodly but intelligible to those who are properly instructed.”   

— Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) French Mathematician, Physicist & Religious Philosopher