Jesus Christs Effect on Society
Speaking about Jesus said:
What a master, and what a word, which can effect
such a revolution.
Benjamin Franklin, American
public official, writer, scientist, and printer, 1706-1790
He who shall introduce into public affairs the
principles of primitive Christianity will revolutionize the world.
Man has changed his world in a remarkable way,
but has not been able to alter himself. Since this problem is basically
a spiritual one, and since man is naturally bent toward evil (as history
attests), the sole way man can be changed is by God. Only if a man commits
himself to Jesus Christ and submits himself to the Holy Spirit for guidance
can he be changed. Only in this miraculous transformation rests hope
for the atom-awed, radio-activity-ruffled world of our day and its inhabitants.
Mark Hopkins, American
educator and theologian, president of Williams College (1836-1872), 1802-1887
No revolution that has taken place in society
can be compared to that which has been produced by the words of Jesus
Plautus, Roman comic playwright whose
works influenced Shakespeare and Molière.
From his Asinaria:
Every man is a wolf to every other man.
Homo, Homin, Lupus.
I have found a wild beast living in our nature.
Pinder, early Greek writer
A changeable creature, such is man, a shadow
in a dream.
The man who was tired of life, c. 1990 B.C.
The wrong which roams the earth; there is no
end to it.
Diogenes the Cynic, Greek philosopher
who founded the Cynic school of philosophy, 400-325
I am looking for an honest man.
Mencius, Chinese Confucian philosopher
who taught that man is innately good and that one's
nature can be enhanced
or perverted by one's environment, 372-289 B.C.
Never has a man who was bent himself been able
to make others straight.
Polybius, Greek historian,
There is no witness so dreadful, no accuser so
terrible as the conscience that dwells in the heart of every man.
Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus), Roman
philosopher and poet, 99-55
O miserable minds of men! O blind hearts! In what
darkness of life, in what great dangers you so end this span of years!
Virgil (Publius Verbilius Maro), Roman poet, 70-19 B.C.
From a single crime know the nation.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman Stoic philosopher, writer, and tutor of Nero,
c 4 B.C.-A.D. 65
What fools these mortals be.
Livy (Titus Livius), Roman
historian, 59 B.C.-A.D. 17
We can endure neither our evils nor their curses.
Pliny the elder (Gaius Punius Secundus), Roman
scholar and naturalist, A.D. 23-79
With man, most of his misfortunes are occasioned
Gaius Petronius (Petroniua Arbiter), Roman jurist whose chief work, the Institutes, is a
major source of information on Roman law,
died A.D. c 66
A man must have his faults.
Sebastian Brant, German
poet and humanist, 1457-1527
The world wants to be deceived.
Niccolo Machiavelli, Italian
political theorist, 1469-1527
Whoever desires to found a state and give it laws,
must start with assuming that all men are bad and ever ready to display
their vicious nature, whenever they may find occasion for it.
The people resemble a wild beast.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, French essayist, 1533-1592
Every man bears the whole stamp of human condition.
There is no man so good that if he placed all
his actions and thoughts under the scrutiny of the laws, he would not
deserve hanging ten times in his life.
Edward Gibbon, British
historian who wrote the classic text The History
of the Decline and
Fall of the Roman Empire, 1737-1794
is indeed little more than the register
of the crime, follies, and misfortune of mankind.
Anne Frank, German Jewish diarist, 1929-1945
In spite of everything, I still believe that
people are really good at heart.