Thursday, October 16, 2008

He Knew Words, The Word, and God's Word

Today is Noah Webster’s birthday.  He was born on this date 250 years ago; however, his legacy lives on.  He was one of America’s most influential Founding Fathers.  He was a famous lexicographer, best known for his dictionary: An American Dictionary of the English Language.  I posted a "report" on Noah Webster written by my daughter on my other HSB blog.  The following are some of Noah Webster’s quotes:- 

"The Bible must be considered as the great source of all the truth by which men are to be guided in government as well as in all social transactions.”

"All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”

"In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed.”

"No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”

"In every condition of life, and in forming your opinions on every subject, let it be an established principle in regulating your conduct, that nothing can be honorable which is morally wrong.  Men who disregard or disbelieve revelation often err from the true standard of honor, by substituting public opinion or false maxims for the divine laws.  The character of God, His holy attributes, and perfect law constitute the only models and rules of excellence and true honor."

You can visit here if you would like to search for definitions in his 1828 dictionary.  I also recommend Noah Webster’s Advice to the Young & Moral Catechism.  This is a man who truly knew words, the Word (Jesus, our Redeemer), and God’s Word!  Wish we had someone like him running for president :) !

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