QUOTATIONS FROM GREAT MINDS
Quotations by great supporters of the Divine origins of the Ten Commandments.
"The righteous man fears God without being afraid of Him, because he regards the case
of his wishing to resist God and His commandments as one which need cause him no anxiety.
But in every such case, regarded him as not intrinsically possible he cognizes Him as one
to be feared."
(Kant, 1986, 217)
"God created the world for His honors sake because it is only through the obedience
to His holy laws that God can be honored. For what does it mean to honor God? What, if not
to serve Him? But how can He be served? Certainly not by trying to entice His favor by
rendering Him all sorts of praise. For such praise is best only a means for preparing our
hearts to a good disposition. Instead, the service of God consists simply and solely in
following His will and observing His holy laws and commands.
God is the only ruler of the world. He governs as a monarch, but not as a despot; for He
wills to have His commands observed out of love, and not out of servile fear. Like a
father, He orders what is good for us, and does not command out of mere arbitrariness,
like a tyrant. God even demands of us that we reflect on the reason for His commandments,
and He insists on our observing them because He wants first to make us worthy of happiness
and then participate in it. God' s will is benevolence, and His purpose is what is best.
If God commands something for which we cannot see the reason, then this is because of the
limitation of our knowledge, and not because of the nature of the commandment itself. God
carries out his rulership of the world alone. For He surveys everything with one glance.
And certainly e may often use wholly incomprehensible means to carry out His benevolent
(Foremost Italian poet of the Romantic period)
"The ten commandments contain general principles . . .
conceived for the good of humanity . . . They are infinite and diverse.
ELIZABETH BEECHER STOWE
God always makes most prosperous those who are most obedient to His laws in the Bible.
(Wagenknecht, 1965, 177)
Kant, I. Lectures on Philosophical Theology. Ithaca: Cornell U. Press, 1978.
Kant, I. Philosophical Writings, In The German Library: Vol. 13. New York: Continuum
Publishing Co., 1986.
Leopardi, G. Opere, Tomo II, Milano: Riccardo Ricciardi Editore,
Wagenknecht, E. Harriet Beecher Stowe. New York: Oxford University Press, 1965.