Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Napleon Speaks About Jesus

Yes, I know it has been a while! Upon my return, I wanted to share a fascinating quote from Napolean Bonaparte concerning my savior, Jesus. My pastor read this during his sermon a couple of weeks ago and I knew immediately I wanted to post this! Some of you may have read it before, but if not, I hope you are as touched by it as I was.

"What a conqueror!--a conqueror who controls humanity at will, and wins to himself not only one nation, but the whole human race. What a marvel! He attaches to himself the human soul with all its energies. And how? By a miracle which surpasses all others. He claims the love of men--that is to say, the most difficult thing in the world to obtain; that which the wisest of men cannot froce from his truest friend, that which no father can compel from his children, no wife from her husband, no brother from his brother--the heart. He claims it ; he requires it absolutely and undividedly, and he obtains it instantly.

Alexander, Caesar, Hannibal, Louis XIV strove in vain to secure this. They conquered the world, yet they had not a single friend, or at all events, they have none any more. Christ speaks, however, and from that moment all generations belong to him; and they are joined to him much more closely than by any ties of blood and by a much more intimate, sacred and powerful communion. He kindles the flame of love which causes one's self-love to die, and triumphs over every other love. Why should we not recognize in this miracle of love the eternal Word which created the world? The other founders of religions had not the least conception of this mystic love which forms the essence of Christianity.

I have filled multitudes with such passionate devotion that they went to death for me. But God forbid that I should compare the enthusiasm of my soldiers with Christian love. They are as unlike as their causes. In my case, my presence was always necessary, the electric effect of my glance, my voice, my words, to kindle fire in their hearts. And I certainly posses personally the secret of that magic power of taking by storm the sentiments of men; but I was not able to communicate that power to anyone. None of my generals ever learned it from me or found it out. Moreover, I myself do not possess the secret of perpetuating my name and a love for me in their hearts for ever, and to work miracles in them without material means.

Now that I languish here at St Helena, chained upon this rock, who fights, who conquers empires for me? Who still even thinks of me? Who interests himself for me in Europe? Who has remained true to me? That is the fate of all great men. It was the fate of Alexander and Caesar, as it is my own. We are forgotten, and the names of the mightiest conquerors and most illustrious emperors are soon only the subject of a schoolboy's taks. Our exploits come under the rod of a pedantic schoolmaster, who praises or condemns us as he likes.

What an abyss exists between my profound misery and the eternal reign of Christ, who is preached, loved, and worshipped, and live on throughout the entire world. Is this to die? Is it not rather to live eternally? The death of Christ! It is the death of a God."

(Quoted in Hilarin Felder, Christ and the Critics, vol. 2, pp. 216-17)


Lisa said...

Glad you are back with such a powerful post. I missed you.
Stay cool.

Denise said...

Such a beautiful post. I have missed you sweetie, love you.

Karen said...

I've kept check on you here, and was thrilled to see you're back!
Wow, I agree with the other ladies, this is a powerful post. Thank you for sharing it.
Biltmore? I'm soooo jealous! ;o)

Lisa said...

Hello my friend! Good to hear from you! Hope that you are having a blessed summer! Wyatt starts back to school on Sept. 3rd. It's just flown by so quickly!!

I, unfortunately, don't have any hair photos to share! It was a wonderful week at VBS, though!

Oh... my folks are going to Hilton Head at the end of the summer. I thought of you. Not sure if it's near you, but it's closer to you than here! LOL!

Also, I'm going to tea with some friends later this month. I'll get pictures and post them.

Lisa :-)

Sharon said...

Hey stranger! It's good to have you back with a punch of a post. :)

melanie said...

It's nice to see you back! I've missed you!!

Great post!!