Presidents' Quotes: Importance of Bible for Nation

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On JANUARY 25, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote the foreword to a special military edition of the New Testament & Book of Psalms that was distributed to millions of soldiers and sailors by The Gideon's International: (See Picture)

The White House, Washington

To the Armed Forces,

"As Commander-in-Chief I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States. Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration. It is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest aspirations of the human soul."

Very sincerely yours,
Franklin D. Roosevelt

(President from 1933-1945 during World War 11)

Quotes about the importance of the Bible from Presidents:

Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States 1981-1989
“Of the many influences that have shaped the United States into a distinctive nation and people, none may be said to be more fundamental and enduring than the Bible.”

George Washington, First President of the United States, 1789-1797
“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible.”

Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, 1901-1909
“It is necessary for the welfare of the nation that men’s lives be based on the principles of the Bible. No man, educated or uneducated, can afford to be ignorant of the Bible.”

“Almost every man who has by his lifework added to the sum of human achievement . . . has based his life-work largely upon the teachings of the Bible.”

William McKinley, 25th President of the United States, 1897-1901
“The more profoundly we study this wonderful book [the Bible], and the more closely we observe its divine precepts, the better citizens we will become and the higher will be our destiny as a nation.”

Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States, 1829-1837
“That Book (the Bible) is the rock on which our Republic rests.”

John Adams, 2nd President of the United States, 1797-1801
“Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious great is my veneration of the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read, the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens in their country and respectful members of society.”

Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States, 1869-1877
“Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet anchor of your liberties, write its precepts on your hearts and practice them in your lives.”

“To the influence of this Book we are indebted for the progress made in civilization, and to this we must look as our guide in the future.”

Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States, 1945-1953
“The fundamental basis of this nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teaching we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don’t think we emphasize that enough these days. If we don’t have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in the right for anybody except the state.”

In a radio address, February 25, 1984, President Ronald Reagan stated:
"The First Amendment of the Constitution was not written to protect the people from religion; that amendment was written to protect religion from government tyranny... But now we're told our children have no right to pray in school. Nonsense. The pendulum has swung too far toward intolerance against genuine religious freedom. It is time to redress the balance."

Reagan concluded:
"Former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart noted if religious exercises are held to be impermissible activity in schools, religion is placed at an artificial and state-created disadvantage... Refusal to permit religious exercises is seen not as the realization of state neutrality, but rather as the establishment of a religion of secularism."

William Penn (October 14, 1644–July 30, 1718) founded the Province of Pennsylvania, the British North American colony that became the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. “If we will not be governed by God, then we will be ruled by tyrants.”

Warnings spoken to us and the nation by former Presidents:
having established a religion of secularism
we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in the right for anybody except the state
*that is ruled by tyrants

Link to Blog Persuading Mankind: It Is Improper To Read The Bible At Schools

“Every scripture is God-breathed-given by His inspiration-and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, and for training in righteousness. So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well-fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17

Joanne Douglas @jdjames ·

just curious, has our current president quoted or referred to the bible (other than his hand on one at his inauguration)? Great and important blog. Wish all Americans could see it! jd

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