Words of Columbus

A recent article published by The Hill,  an American political journalism newspaper and website published in Washington, D.C., on January 31st, 2018, reported that the city of San Jose, CA, on Tuesday, January 30th voted to remove the statue of Christopher Columbus from the lobby of its city hall. The San Jose City Council gave in to vocal groups demanding its removal “…calling it ‘a symbol of genocide’ that glorified European colonialism and violence…” View the entire article here.

In a similar vein, the official website of the United States Library of Congress says this about Christopher Columbus: “Columbus remains a mysterious and controversial figure…” and also says Columbus was “…a failed administrator, a naive entrepreneur, and a ruthless and greedy imperialist [emphasis added].” View the Library of Congress webpage here.

So. it would seem that our own government is assisting in the “revision” of America’s history.

The following excerpt from my book, The Threat of Revisionist History on America’s Christian Heritage, is offered to refute those that are “revising” history to suit their ideology. The startling quote that follows was written by Christopher Columbus himself regarding the reason he sailed toward what he thought was the Indies. A reference to the Book of Prophesies, written by Columbus himself, was discovered while research was completed for my book. At the time I wrote my book only one copy of this book existed in the United States at the University of California in Berkeley, California.

Here is an excerpts from pages 15-17 of The Threat of Revisionist History on America’s Christian Heritage:

“History proves there is a Christian identity that long predates the men called the Founding Fathers, those men that framed the Declaration of Independence. Was the New World discovered merely by accident while Columbus was seeking a trade route to the Indies as has been taught for so many years? Go back nearly three centuries and hear in Christopher Columbus’s own words what he said about why he sailed westward to the Indies, eventually discovering America:

It was the Lord who put 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 unworthy 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 my journey to the Indies, I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics, or maps. It is simply the fulfilling 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. He lacks nothing that it is in the power of men to give Him. 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.[1]

Does not the passage cited above produce shock and astonishment. In the public school system during the last half of the twentieth century never was there any mention made of Columbus’s faith, let alone that he had been given that mission by God Himself. Even more incredulous is the fact that he acknowledged his journey was a fulfillment of Scripture and that he was guided by the Holy Spirit. Take note that this is not the ranting of some zealous fundamentalist attempting to rewrite history. These are Columbus’s own words! But why was that fact never taught? Deeper research revealed that until sometime after 1971, Columbus’s Libro de las Profecias of Book of Prophecies, a compilation of all the teachings and prophecies of the Bible on the subject of the Earth, distant lands, population movements, and undiscovered tribes, was available only in Spanish and had never been published in this country. Much of that book was translated by August J. Kling who quoted several excerpts in an article in The Presbyterian Layman in October 1971.[2]

In the article referenced above Mr. Kling wrote “…after considerable research, we found a scholarly edition of the full text in the Raccolata di documenti e studi published in 1894 by a special commission of the Italian Ministry of Public Education.”[3] At the time Mr. Kling wrote the article, he also stated, “To our knowledge, . . . Book of Prophecies has never been translated into English from the original Latin and Spanish, nor has it ever been printed in this country.”[4] Extensive research through the Worldcat Library database system revealed not one single translation exists of Columbus’s Book Of Prophecies dated earlier than a 1997 edition published by the University of California Press in Berkeley, California. That would certainly explain why there was no mention in the public school system of the Christian intentions behind Columbus’s voyage.

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Mr. Kling made several other noteworthy statements very early in his article about Christopher Columbus’s intentions. Mr. Kling wrote:

Columbus’s use of the Bible is one of the best documented facts [emphasis added] of his remarkable career, but it is one of the least known [emphasis added] to the general public.

. . . All of Columbus’s sailing journals and most of his private letters give evidence of his biblical knowledge and his devout love for Jesus Christ.

. . . .Columbus believed that his own name, given to him in holy baptism, was a special sign that God had predestinated him to be the evangelist (Christophoros = Christ-bearer) who would open up the un-reached tribes of the “distant isles” to the saving knowledge of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.”[5]

[1] August J. Kling, “Columbus – A Layman ‘Christ-bearer’ to Uncharted Isles”, The Presbyterian Layman, October 1971, 4.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Christopher Columbus, Roberto Rusconi translator, Book of Prophesies, (Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1997), 67, 75.

[4] Peter J. Marshal, Jr. and David B. Manuel, Jr., The Light And The Glory, (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1977), 360.

[5] August J. Kling, “Columbus – A Layman ‘Christ-bearer’ to Uncharted Isles”, The Presbyterian Layman, October 1971, 4.

From the foregoing excerpts it is quite obvious that Christopher Columbus is not the vile creature that modern histories portray him to be. According to Peter A. Lillback author of George Washington’s Sacred Fire, this “revising” of history is quite common in history text written after 1932. With some modern historians going so far as to admit they remove “theological meditations” from the actual historical accounts because they are irrelevant. Irrelevant theological meditations? Irrelevant in whose mind and by what authority? They do it without authority of the “original” writing. They leave out (aka revise) the historical record based on their own bias and hostility toward the Christian founding of America. The words of the Christian men who risked their lives to establish and further the Christian faith in America are not irrelevant.

At the end of the excerpt above, Mr. August Kling states that Columbus’s use of the Bible is one of the best documented facts yet it is one of the least well known. Why is that? Is because that fact does not fit into the ideology of the revisers and the altered version of history they wish to promote? This author believes that is EXACTLY the case!

It is your duty to be informed about the history of this country and then to reveal and fight against the distortions that are being portrayed as the truth!