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Napoleon and God

During our Truth for Today seminar, there have been several illustrations shared from the life of Napoleon Bonaparte.  Although France, after the revolution, claimed to be athiestic and free from religion, it appears Napoleon himself knew better.  God foretold thousands of years before, how there would be no worldwide empire after Rome.  See Daniel 2:41-43.  Yet Napoleon still persisted in uniting Europe under France.  After his defeat in 1815 at the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon reportedly made the statement, "God Almighty is too much for me."

But there is another interesting story about him.  Napoleon and his men were on board a ship in the Mediterranean.  It was night, and his soldiers stood on deck fiercly debating among themselves.  They were arguing whether or not God existed.  Napoleon approached and listened to them as each soldier made claims why God could not possibly exist.  After hearing their consensus, Napoleon pointed up to the stars in the sky and asked, "You may talk as long as you please, gentlemen, but who made all that?"

Napoleon may not have thought very highly about God or religion, but he was no fool.  He did acknowledge how God was real, and he referred to the stars in the heavens as proof.
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.  There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.  Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world."
- Psalm 19:1-4 NIV