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Where the next president should go for answers

Saturday, April 02, 2016 05:01 am
The following convictions are what I believe need to be embraced by our next 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, sixth president.

• “That book, sir, is the rock on which our republic rests.” — Andrew Jackson, seventh 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.

• “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. Righteousness 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.

• “The more profoundly we study this book 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.” — William McKinley, 25th president.

• “Almost every man who by his life-work added to the sum of human achievement of which the race is proud, of which our people are proud, almost every such man has based his life-work largely upon the teachings of the Bible.” — Theodore Roosevelt, 26th 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 which 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 presidet.

• “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.

• “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 Reagan, 40th president.

• “I’ve been in the Bible every day since I’ve been the president.” George W. Bush, 43rd president.

Kerry Hubartt is editor of The News-Sentinel.

 

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