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Napoleon & Christ


(from Lou Gentry)

During the pastor’s sermon on Sunday morning, April 25, 2010, he referred to a quote by Napoleon when asked by one of his soldiers if he believed in God. The great general directed him to look at the night sky containing the moon above and millions of stars, asking the soldier, “Who do you think created all this?”

You might be interested in some other quotes by Napoleon, taken from a discussion between him and Count de Motholon – statements which I doubt any of us have ever seen in a history book. In response to the question, “Can you tell me who Jesus Christ was,” Napoleon responded:

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 man…I have inspired multitudes with such an enthusiastic devotion that they would have died for me…but to do this it 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 lighted 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.

Napoleon saw how Jesus conquered. It was not by force, but by winning the heart. Napoleon came to understand what will truly change a nation – winning one heart at a time to Jesus Christ.