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I think it's interesting that through time, we distort history by making the nice guy bad and the prejudiced man a great thinker.


Dawn, Ironic, isn't it? And to think, the second had over 300 years of progress and enlightenment on his side.

Diane R

I studied Columbus for many years and despite him being a Catholic (everyone was in his time) I do beleive he was what we would term today a born again Christian. He was self-educated and knew the Bible fairly well. In fact, in his museum in Spain his Bible is open to the verse he himself marked, the verse in Isaiah 49, that he believed God gave him for the evangelization of Asia. Unfortunately, he succumbed to Gold Fever and ended up treating the natives cruely. Isabella and Ferdinand, the king and queen at that time finally had to send a military guard to bring him home in chains. They were going to imprison him but he was so popular that they just let him "retire."


Diane, as usual raises a great point. He almost seemed to get batty, didn't he? Both Darwin and Columbus are good examples of how we tend to rewrite history and make men out to be either perfect never-did-wrong angels or else vicious villains, depending on which 'side' you're on. Of course when we idolize men they disappoint us, and when we vilify men, we often end up with our own sins thrown in our faces. The Bible certainly shows the flaws of its human heroes, doesn't it?

Dave Holsclaw

You are on target with you comment about Darwin's world-view.

I remember reading extracts from his journal entries while on the Beagle. He describes being laughed at by the ships officers for defending theism. Later, he mentions lying in his bunk, imagining the discovery of this or that ancient document which clearly supported the truth of Christian teaching. However, he said, he eventually realized that he could not imagine ANY discovery that could possibly support the truth of Christian teaching.

As the voyage continued, he moved farther and farther from his Christian moorings.

Jim Baxter

Every world-view system worth its weight is based on God's accurate definition of each Individual human being.

Man is earth's Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by nature
and nature's God a creature of Choice - and of Criteria.
Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and definitive characteristic
is, and of Right ought to be, the natural foundation of
his environments, institutions, and respectful relations
to his fellow-man. Thus, he is oriented to a Freedom
whose roots are in the Order of the universe.

Man-made systems are inaccurate - and measure by the group - collectivism. Small wonder definitions of value and character are needful for success. 'Thinking' is a function of the brain utilizing criteria greater than man-made. So, how can diplomacy and compromise settle these differences between people and nations? Not.

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