American Presidents and The Bible
So, I’ve never particularly been a fan of those Bibles which have themes. Bibles like ‘the women’s bible’ or ‘the bible for teens’. I usually find that when I’m going to read the Bible, I’ll get distracted by all the quotes, pictures and stories that are in there. Well, last year, some friends of mine bought me, The American Patriot’s Bible. It might sound corny, but I actually have come to really love it. I’ve been really inspired by the extra bits they have interspersed in it. Hey, if I need to do some intense Bible study, I just use a different one!
I found this section that I thought worthy to pass on to you my blog readers. It is a list of quotes by U.S. Presidents about the Bible. I thought that, since we are coming up to the election of our next President, I would write these out for you.
It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible.
attributed to George Washington, 1st President
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.”
John Quincy Adams, 6th President
In regard for this Great Book, I have this to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book.”
Abraham Lincoln, 16th President
That book, sir, is the rock on which our Republic rests. Andrew Jackson, 7th President
The Bible is the one supreme source of revelation of the meaning of life, the nature of God, and spiritual nature and needs of men. It is the only guide of life that really leads the spirit in the way of peace and salvation. America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived from the revelations of Holy Scripture.
Woodrow Wilson, 28th President
The strength of our country is the strength of its religious convictions. The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.
Calvin Coolidge 30th President
We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a nation without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic. Where we have been the truest and most consistent in obeying its precepts, we have attained the greatest measure of contentment and prosperity.
Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd President
The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and Saint Matthew, from Isaiah and Saint Paul….If we don’t have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State!
Harry Truman, 33rd President
Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet anchor of your liberties. Write its precepts in your hearts, and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this book are we indebted for all the progress made in true civilization, and to this we must look as our guide in the future. Righteous exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.
Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President
If you take out of your statutes, your constitution, your family life all that is taken from the Sacred Book, what would there be left to bind society together?
Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President
Inside the Bible’s pages lie all the answers to all of the problems man has ever known…It is my firm belief that the enduring values presented in its pages have a great meaning for each of us and for our nation. The Bible can touch our hearts, order our minds and refresh our souls.
Ronald Regan, 40th President
So, in answer to the question above, the former Presidents quoted here answer a resounding NO! If you have not made the Bible’s truths the foundation for your life, you are living on very shaky foundations. I encourage you to get one, read it and let it be the rock, the anchor, the guide by which you live.
Richard G. Lee, “The Bible and American Presidents”, The American Patriot’s Bible (Thomas Nelson: 2009), I-1.