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    Before we read what Napoleon said about Jesus Christ, let us look at the man Napoleon Bonaparte to see who said these things. Was he a fool or a genius ?

    Written by Michael Tan

    He was the dashing, youthful, prodigious genius. He became the man that saved an entire country. He was the Hero of the Republic. He would fight and win against all odds. His name was Napoleon Bonaparte.

    1793. A year that would make one of the most earthshaking men in history. It was the time of the French Revolution. Royalists in Toulon had given the city, one of France’s most important naval bases, over to the British. The British now had their fleet docked in the port of Toulon. If Toulon were not recaptured, France would have no hope for any naval ambitions. So, the French revolutionary government sent an army to recapture this crucial city, and thus the legendary Siege of Toulon began.

    At first, the French commanders were largely incompetent, and the siege had no end in sight. Fortunately for the French, however, a young, unknown artillery captain by the name of Napoleon Bonaparte, a name that would soon make an entire continent tremble in fear, had a plan. He noted the high hills surrounding Toulon, seeing an opportunity. But the French soldiers were cowardly and demoralized. So the young captain said to the miserable lot:

    "I need men, real men, men with balls, certainly not sissies. I would never ask them to take an enemy position, but I insist that they follow me to that position. If you are one of those men, raise your hand."

    Captain Bonaparte’s leadership capabilities were on display, and every soldier felt revitalized, ready to carry out his plan.

    Bonaparte sought to mount the French cannons on the hilltops above the port city and have batteries rain destruction down upon the British. He would win the day with an assault in which he displayed unusual bravery, personally charging the hills to capture them, suffering a bayonet wound in his thigh in the process. Finally the hilltops were captured, the artillery mounted, and the British ships subjected to destruction.

    In response to this dazzling victory, commanding General Jacques-François Dugommier, stated:

    “I have no words to describe Bonaparte's merit: much technical skill, an equal degree of intelligence, and too much gallantry ...”

    — General Jacques François Dugommier, at the Siege of Toulon

    Bonaparte’s reward? He is promoted from a mere captain to a brigadier-general in four months.

    To put that into perspective, most generalships take decades to achieve now. Officers for generations after have dreamed of “having their own Toulon” (notably, Prince Andrei in Tolstoy’s War and Peace), a phrase that became synonymous with achieving a great victory that would lead to much personal glory.
    Note from Lou: So we see Napoleon Bonaparte was no fool, but was what men call a genius.

    Napoleon Bonaparte and Jesus Christ Napoleon

    Though no one is certain of the religious beliefs of the French emperor Napoleon Bonaprte, and while on many occasions he criticized organized religion, Napoleon seemed to have a strong disposition toward the Person of Jesus Christ. This is evidenced by the many eloquent and persuasive statements about the Messiah that are attributed to him. Read below:
    The nature of Christ’s existence is mysterious, I admit; but this mystery meets the wants of man. Reject it and the world is an explicable riddle; believe it, and the history of our race is satisfactorily explained.

    I know men, and I tell you that Jesus is not a man. Superficial minds see a resemblance between Christ and the founders of empires, and the gods of other religions, that resemblance does not exist. There is between Christianity and other religions, the distance of infinity.

    I know men; and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him.

    I see in Lycurgus, Numa and Mohammed only legislators who, having the first rank in the state, have sought the best solution of the social problem but I see nothing there which reveals divinity...nothing announces them divine. On the contrary, there are numerous resemblances between them & myself, foibles and errors which ally them to me and to humanity.
    It is not so with Christ. Everything in Him astonishes me. His spirit overawes me, and His will confounds me. Beside Him and whoever else in the world, there is no possible term of comparison. He is truly a being by Himself. His ideals and His sentiments, the truths which He announces, His manner of convincing, are not explained either by human organization or by the nature of things.
    His birth and the history of His life; the profundity of His doctrine, which grapples the mightiest difficulties, and which is, of those difficulties, the most admirable solution; His Gospel, His apparition, His empire, His march across the ages and the realms, is for me a prodigy, a mystery insoluble, which plunges me into a reverence which I cannot escape, a mystery which is there before my eyes, mystery which I cannot deny or explain. Here I see nothing human. The nearer I approach, the more carefully I examine, everything is above me, everything remains grand—and of a grandeur which overpowers.

    His religion is a revelation from an intelligence which certainly is not a man. There is a profound originality, which has created a series of maxims before unknown. Jesus borrowed nothing from our sciences. One can absolutely find nowhere, but in Him alone, the imitation or the example of His life.

    I marvel that whereas the ambitious dreams of my self, Caesar, and Alexander should have vanished into thin air, a Judean peasant—Jesus—should be able to stretch His hands across the centuries and control the destinies of men and nations.


    Napoleon expressed the following thoughts while he was exiled on the rock of St. Helena. There, the conqueror of civilized Europe had time to reflect on the measure of his accomplishments. He called Count Montholon to his side and asked him, "Can you tell me who Jesus Christ was?" The count declined to respond. Napoleon countered:
    Well then, I will tell you. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I myself have founded great empires; but upon what did these creations of our genius depend? Upon force. Jesus alone founded His empire upon love, and to this very day millions will die for Him. . . . I think I understand something of human nature; and I tell you, all these were men, and I am a man; none else is like Him: Jesus Christ was more than a man. . . . I have inspired multitudes with such an enthusiastic devotion that they would have died for me . . . but to do this is was necessary that I should be visibly present with the electric influence of my looks, my words, of my voice. When I saw men and spoke to them, I lightened up the flame of self-devotion in their hearts. . . . Christ alone has succeeded in so raising the mind of man toward the unseen, that it becomes insensible to the barriers of time and space. Across a chasm of eighteen hundred years, Jesus Christ makes a demand which is beyond all others difficult to satisfy; He asks for that which a philosopher may often seek in vain at the hands of his friends, or a father of his children, or a bride of her spouse, or a man of his brother. He asks for the human heart; He will have it entirely to Himself. He demands it unconditionally; and forthwith His demand is granted. Wonderful! In defiance of time and space, the soul of man, with all its powers and faculties, becomes an annexation to the empire of Christ. All who sincerely believe in Him, experience that remarkable, supernatural love toward Him. This phenomenon is unaccountable; it is altogether beyond the scope of man's creative powers. Time, the great destroyer, is powerless to extinguish this sacred flame; time can neither exhaust its strength nor put a limit to its range. This is it, which strikes me most; I have often thought of it. This it is which proves to me quite convincingly the Divinity of Jesus Christ.

    As Ravi Zacharias writes, ' is difficult to explain this away as mere eloquence...With unbelievable insight, Napoleon saw how Jesus Christ conquered. It was not by force, but by winning the heart.'
    Last edited by Lou Newton; May 10, 2017, 02:47 PM.

  • #2
    I received this email from Steve:

    Steve Hollander <[email protected]>
    'lou newton'
    Today at 3:42 PM

    I read it. Interesting but I’m not surprised when I hear someone in awe of the Lord.

    Even a bigtime conqueror like him.

    I’m more moved when I hear someone is not in awe of the Lord. I’m befuddled as to why.

    The Lord is awesome.


    • #3
      Thanks Steve. I had posted this on another site that many atheists are always claiming that only those weak in mind believe in God.

      Napoleon is no more important than any other man, but he was one of the greatest military minds of all time. No one with any education can claim he was weak in the mind.

      One of the greatest scientists of all time also wrote much about The Bible and God. Isaac Newton was the discoverer of calculus ( the inventor was God), the first to discover the nature of light, and his greatest work on universal gravitation was so far beyond the scientists of his day that they could not understand his work even after he explained it to them. They claimed it was not true; but his work was well proven years later. He even invented the reflecting telescope that is used today to study the universe.

      Here are some of his quotes:
      I find more sure marks of the authenticity of the Bible than in any profane history whatever…. Worshipping God and the Lamb in the temple: God, for his benefaction in creating all things, and the Lamb, for his benefaction in redeeming us with his blood.
      Sir Isaac Newton.
      It became him who created them to set them in order: and if he did so, it is unphilosophical to seek for any other origin of the world, or to pretend that it might arise out of a chaos by the mere laws of nature.
      Sir Isaac Newton.

      This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent Being. [...] This Being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all; and on account of his dominion he is wont to be called "Lord God" παντοκρατωρ [pantokratōr], or

      "Universal Ruler". [...] The Supreme God is a Being eternal, infinite, [and] absolutely perfect.[6]
      Opposition to godliness is atheism in profession and idolatry in practice. Atheism is so senseless and odious to mankind that it never had many professors.

      Certainly no sane man can claim Newton was weak in the mind.