Skip to comments.An Inspiring Testimony: From the Diary of Christopher Columbus
Posted on 09/08/2013 7:26:23 AM PDT by NKP_Vet
"It was the Lord who put it into my mind, (I could feel His hand upon me), the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies. All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me. There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because He comforted me with rays of marvelous inspiration from the Holy Scriptures.......
I am a most noteworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy, and they have covered me completely. I have found the sweetest consolation since I made it my whole purpose to enjoy His marvelous Presence.
For the execution of the voyage to the Indies, I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps. It is simply the fulfillment of what Isaiah* had prophesied......
No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Savior, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service. The working out of all things has been assigned to each person by our Lord, but it all happens according to His sovereign will, even though He gives advice. Oh, what a gracious Lord, who desires that people should perform for Him those things for which He holds Himself responsible! Day and night, moment by moment, everyone should express their most devoted gratitude to Him."
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Christopher Columbus wrote in his book of Prophecy that God had instructed him to set sail in order to claim a nation for the name of Jesus Christ. That when he got there he would find gold and that gold would be sent to the Middle East to rebuild Israel.
There are few great men in history who do not have both their ardent admirers and their virulent traducers. Christopher Columbus is no exception. But there is one main difference in the case of Columbus. We can identify his critics by their religious affiliation or ideology.
The discoverer of America was a zealous, even militant, Roman Catholic. He lived in the very generation when six whole nations in Europe broke with the Catholic Church to create what we have come to know as Protestantism. The Spain from which Columbus sailed to discover the New World had just succeeded in delivering its people from seven hundred years of Moslem domination. In Islam, Christians are idolaters who dare to give divine honors to Jesus, the Son of Mary, because they believe that He is the Son of the living God. Finally, on the eve of Columbus’ historic voyage, the Moriscoes were allowed to leave Spain to protect them from the animosity of the people. In the eyes of the Spaniards, the Moriscoes were pseudo-converts from Judaism who were a threat to the stability of the Spanish nation.
It is not surprising, therefore, that Christopher Columbus’ adversaries go back to the early sixteenth century. Added to those who opposed him on principle were those who were hostile because of his phenomenal achievement and consequent fame. No one envies a failure! Columbus’ achievement ranks as one of the greatest in recorded human history. Envy dogged his steps from the moment he set foot on E1 Salvador, October 12, 1492.
"It was the Lord who put it into my mind, (I could feel His hand upon me), the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies. All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me. There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit
People been "hearing" the Holy Spirit's inspiration for years. Fact is, Columbus NEVER reach the Indies although he died believing that he did. One has to wonder where his inspiration came from if what he was told was wrong.
I'm not faulting Columbus nor am I accusing him. But this is part of this "I feel..." culture that we live in today. People of that time did all sorts of things in the name of God having nothing to base their belief on but "I feel...". Well, in some things he was right and in others he was wrong.
This is from Wikipedia:
Without Columbus, then the Spaniard missionaries that followed him, their is a chance the tribes there would still be eating each other, and there would certainly be no such thing as a Mexican.
Beginning in 1514 Spanish conquerors adopted "the Requirement," an ultimatum in which Indians were forced to accept "the Church as the Ruler and Superior of the whole world" or face persecution. If Indians did not immediately comply, the Requirement warned them: "We shall take you and your wives and your children, and shall make slaves of them, and as such shall sell and dispose of them as their Highnesses may command; and we shall take away your goods, and shall do all the harm and damage that we can."
Hanke, L. (1949). The Spanish struggle for justice in the conquest of America. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.
And, btw, Pope Alexander VI was a
jackass not a nice man. You may wish to read his history. So would we like to also talk about the Pope's infallibility and how this papal bull is infallible? I suppose "bull" is a good term.
Like I said without Catholic missionaries there would be no Christian faith in the South America, Central America, and the majority of the Western United States. Care for me to list the cities founded by Catholic missionaries ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES? I didn’t think so.
One can accomplish a lot if they tell the people either convert or become slaves. I wouldn’t bank solely upon numbers.
Saying something to get someone’s attention is a lot different that slaughtering everyone in sight to make room for the railroad, and that is exactly what the Federal government did to the American Indian not much more than 150 years ago. Where Catholic missionaries, and other missionaries spread the gospel to the Indians, the Union Army murdered them wholesale. It’s much easier to get what you want if you just kill everyone in sight. This was not Catholic missionaries, it was the US Federal government. Mass genocide of an entire race of people.
Saying something to get someones attention is a lot different that slaughtering everyone in sight to make room for the railroad, and that is exactly what the Federal government did to the American Indian not much more than 150 years ago. Where Catholic missionaries, and other missionaries spread the gospel to the Indians, the Union Army murdered them wholesale. Its much easier to get what you want if you just kill everyone in sight. This was not Catholic missionaries, it was the US Federal government. Mass genocide of an entire race of people.
Sweet deal. It's no wonder the Reformation happened.
And I really wouldn't compare the Church to the Federal government although there are similarities. The Tea Partiers might get wind of it.
Columbus died more than a decade before Luther officially began the Protestant movement in earnest. Your post did use the term ‘generation’ and there certainly was strife in the RCC during Columbus’ lifetime but I felt that the comment was a bit misleading.
The Catholic Church has never had a policy of murdering someone because they didn’t convert. Catholic bigotry is alive and well in FR. Luther never wanted the Church split, he wanted reforms, when happened. Luther was a good man, but Catholic Church-hating bigots around him were not.
I wouldn't say that to John Huss or Wycliffe.
Catholic bigotry is alive and well in FR.
All this because of Christopher Columbus??? I guess he isn't the only discoverer.
Luther never wanted the Church split, he wanted reforms, when happened. Luther was a good man, but Catholic Church-hating bigots around him were not.
The Catholic Church excommunicated Luther. As far as I know that has not been rescinded. And while Luther wanted reforms, the Catholic Church would have none of it. They asked Luther to recant his position. All for simply asking that the policy of selling indulgences should be reconsidered. After much review, he honorably stated, "Here I stand. I can do no other." Luther would have nothing to do with the selling of indulgences and got back to basics.
And unlike Columbus, Luther didn't even need to force the people to move out and form the Protestants. They were willing to leave. They had had enough.
One has to wonder who the real bigots were.
Your knowledge of Luther and the Reformation is lacking. More later. Good discussion.
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