Contradictions with the Bible, Self-Contradictions, Additions to the Bible, Confusing and Questionable Interpretations, and Strange Statements
It is an established fact that Ellen White had often changed her opinions and testimonies. Her former views always contradicted her later ones. Had the Holy Spirit been the source of her testimonies this confusion would not have been the feature of her so called “inspired” writings. There is a considerable disharmony and contradictions between the Bible and her writings on many important points of doctrine and teaching. Most of her visions had been based on what she had read, and what she had heard from other preachers and theologians. She would just produce a vision at her will to endorse some new teaching by others as you will note in this quote:
“I cannot endorse sister Ellen’s visions as being of divine inspiration, as you and she think them to be; yet I do not suspect the least shade of dishonesty in either of you in this matter… I think that what she and you regard as visions from the Lord, are only religious reveries, in which her imagination runs without control upon themes in which she is most deeply interested. While so absorbed in these reveries, she is lost to everything around her… Religion is her theme, and her reveries are religious. In either case, the sentiments, in the main, are obtained from previous teaching, or study. I do not by any means think her visions are like some from the devil.”” (A Word to The Little Flock, p. 22, 1847).
Here is a testimony by an Ellen White contemporary, Isaac C. Wellcome, about another trend of her visions:
“Eld. White had published several of Ellen’s visions on small sheets for general distribution; but as time passed on the theology of her later visions materially different from former ones” (The History of the Second Advent Message, p. 406, 1874). This book can be located at Ellen White Library at the General Conference of the Adventists. (See picture below the second book from the left)
“Later visions which contradict those do not prove them never to have been proclaimed, though they may militate against the reliability of either.” (Ibid., pp. 397-398)
“Many of those who observed the Seventh-day Sabbath, however have repudiated the visions, after some experience, as an imposition, instead of acknowledging them of divine origin and authority for church government, while others never accepted them” (Ibid., p. 407).
1. Who only will be safe from the last day deceptions?
“all who believe that the Lord has spoken through Sister White, and has given her a message, will be safe from the many delusions that will come in in these last days” (8MR, pp. 319, 320, 1990; Letter 50, 1906.
Six years later:
“Only those who have been diligent students of the Scriptures and who have received the love of the truth will be shielded from the powerful delusion that takes the world captive” (GC, p. 625, 1911). (Second answer: Only those who know and follow the Bible)
“An angel was represented to me as standing before Jacob, presenting his wrong before him in its true character. As the angel turns to leave him, Jacob lays hold of him, and will not let him go. He makes supplications with tears. He pleads that he has deeply repented of his sins, and the wrongs against his brother,…He ventures to plead the promises of God,…All night Jacob wrestled with the angel, making supplication for a blessing. The angel seemed to be resisting his prayer, by continually calling his sins to his remembrance, at the same time endeavoring to break away from him” (1SP, pp. 118,119, 1870).
Note: The angel [Jesus Christ himself] in the above description kept taunting by reminding of his sins and discouraging him. This is neither the character of Jesus nor the angels. This angel represents Satan.
Twenty years later:
“It was in a lonely, mountainous region, the haunt of wild beasts and the lurking place of robbers and murderers….Suddenly a strong hand was laid upon him. He thought that an enemy was seeking his life, and he endeavored to wrest himself from the grasp of his assailant. In the darkness the two struggled for the mastery. Not a word was spoken, but Jacob put forth all his strength, and did not relax his efforts for a moment. While he was thus battling for his life, the sense of his guilt pressed upon his soul; his sins rose up before him, to shut him out from God. But in his terrible extremity he remembered God’s promises, and his whole heart went out in entreaty for His mercy. The struggle continued until near the break of day, when the stranger placed his finger upon Jacob’s thigh, and he was crippled instantly. The patriarch now discerned the character of his antagonist. He knew that he had been in conflict with a heavenly messenger, and this was why his almost superhuman effort had not gained the victory” (PP, pp.196, 197, 1890).
“He [the husband] should take pains to make her happy and cheerful: and see that every appetite which comes up is, if possible, forthwith, gratified. If the appetite should be for strong drink, it had better be gratified to the full, rather than that she give, by the continued longing, an indelible imprint of that kind upon her offspring” (How to Live, p. 65, 1865).
Forty years later:
“Many advisers urge that every wish of the mother should be gratified; that if she should desire any article of food, however harmful, she should freely indulge her appetite. Such advise is false and mischievous” (CD, p. 217, 1938; MH, p. 373, 1905).
“…when Jesus brought along the crowns and with His own right hand placed them on our heads” (Word to The Little Flock, p. 15, 1847).
“Then I saw very great number of angels bring from the city glorious crowns- a crown for every saint, with his name written thereon. As Jesus called for the crowns, the angels presented it to Him, and with His own hand, the lovely Jesus placed the crowns on the heads of the saints” (Early Writings, p. 288, 1882).
Thirty five years later:
“I have never seen any persons crowned in the kingdom of God, only on conditions that if they were faithful they would receive the crown of immortal life in the kingdom of glory” (8 MR, p. 239, 1990).
Note: This was a big lie. The notion that saints are crowned in heaven is well established in her writings.
“It was seen, also, that while the sin-offering pointed to Christ as a sacrifice, and the high priest represented Christ as a mediator, the scape-goat typified Satan, the author of sin, upon whom the sins of the truly penitent will finally be placed. When the high priest, by virtue of the blood of the sin-offering, removed the sins from the sanctuary, he placed them upon the scape-goat. When Christ, by virtue of his own blood, removes the sins of his people from the heavenly sanctuary at the close of his ministration, he will place them upon Satan” (4SP, pp. 266, 267, 1884).
“Satan not only bore the weight and punishment of his sins, but the sins of all the redeemed host had been placed upon him…” (1SG, p. 217, 1858; EW, pp. 294, 295, 1882).
Note: She believed the scapegoat to be Satan as taught by Crosier in 1847. In 1858 Ellen White said that Satan will have to bear the sins of the redeemed as well as his own and in 1884 she identified the scapegoat as Satan.
Fifty years later:
“Some apply the solemn type, the scape goat, to Satan. This is not correct. He cannot bear his own sins. At the choosing of Barabbas, Pilate washed his hands. He cannot be represented as the scape goat…Christ was the scape goat, which the type represents. He alone can be represented by the goat borne into the wilderness. He alone, over whom death had no power, was able to bear our sins” (The Scapegoat in the Writings of Ellen G. White, Alberto R. Timm, Ellen White Estate, [Accessed from internet on Oct 26, 2013]; Manuscript 112, 1897).
Note: I presume that this quotation was deliberately suppressed from being used as it contradicts and destroys the sanctuary doctrine, and sensing this serious threat to our church, Ellen White refrained from further use of this statement.
“I love my children, but God says that only good and holy can be saved” (Appeal to Youth, p. 43, 1858; Appeal to Mothers, pp. 42,62, 63, 1864).
“He has a work before him to overcome these defects if he would be among the number who are to stand without fault before the throne of God” (3T, p. 183, 1875).
Twenty two years later:
“They [our children] are not free from faults, but we believe that they will be numbered with the lambs of Christ’s fold” (LS 80, 234, 1880).
“If necessary He would send ravens to feed us, as He did to feed Elijah” (EW, p. 32, 1851).
Twenty four years later:
“There He honored Elijah by sending food to him morning and evening by an angel of heaven” (3T, p. 288, 1875).
Six years after the above statement:
“He who fed Elijah by the brook, making a raven His messenger, will not suffer His faithful ones to want for food” (4T, p. 253, 1881).
“His visage was so marred more than any man” (2T, p. 207, 1871).
Twenty seven years later:
“Saviour’s visage was not marred before his enemies” (DA, p. 735, 1898)
9. Jesus was/was not like other children
“It is not correct to say, as many writers have said, that Christ was like all children. He was not like all children” (YI, Sep 8, 1898).
“His life in many respects was like that of other children, and it was difficult for them to realize that He was the Son of God” (DA, p. 81, 1898).
“No one, looking upon the childlike countenance, shining with animation, could say that Christ was just like other children. He was God in human flesh. When urged by his companions to do wrong, divinity flashed through humanity, and he refused decidedly. In a moment he distinguished between right and wrong, and placed sin in the light of God’s commands, holding up the law as a mirror which reflected light upon wrong” (YI, Sep 8, 1898).
“He could have come in such a way as to charm those who looked upon him; but this was not the way that God planned he should come among the sons of men. He was to be like those who belonged to the Jewish race. His features were to be like those of other human beings, and was not to have such beauty of person as to make people point him out as different from others” (Christ Our Saviour, p. 9, 1899).
10. Jesus commands/simply says to the cripple
“With a voice of command Jesus said: – “Rise up, take up thy bed and walk.” (Christ Our savior, p. 58, 1896).
“Jesus does not ask this sufferer to exercise his faith in Him. He simply says, “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.”” (DA, p. 202, 1898).
11. Unity of Father and the Son
(With the exclusion of the Holy Spirit)
“The Father and the Son alone are to be exalted” (The Youth’s Instructor, July 7, 1898).
“Even the angels were not permitted to share the counsels between the Father and the Son when the plan of salvation was laid”. – Ministry of Healing, p. 429, 1905. (Holy Spirit was not included).
“And I saw that when God said to his Son, Let us make man in our image, Satan was jealous of Jesus. He wished to be consulted concerning the formation of man. He was filled with envy, jealousy and hatred – 1SG, p. 17, 1858. (Holy Spirit was not included).
“After the earth was created, and the beasts upon it, the Father and Son carried out their purpose, which was designed before the fall of Satan, to make man in their own image.” (3SG, p. 33, 1864). (Holy Spirit was not included).
“Christ the word, the only Begotten of God , was … the only being in all the universe that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God” (PP, p. 34, 36, 1890; GC, p. 493, 1888). (Holy Spirit was not included).
Fifteen years later:
“Moses, the visible leader of the Israelites, was admitted into the secret counsels of the Most High” (Letter 259, 1903; 1Bc, 1103, 1953). Note: A privilege not granted to the Holy Spirit, Lucifer who was next to Christ or to the angels!
“The Lord has shown me that Satan was once an honored angel in heaven, next to Jesus Christ” (1SG, p. 17, 1858).
12. Who is the Spirit of truth?
“Christ was the spirit of truth. The world will not listen to His pleadings. They would not accept Him as their guide. They could not discern unseen things; spiritual things were unknown to them” (The Southern Review, October 25, 1898).
Note: In John 15: 26 and 16: 13, Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of truth. He never referred to Himself as the spirit of truth. But he called Himself the truth.
13. How sin could be overcome
Ellen White (1827-1915): “The power of evil has been strengthening for centuries…Sin could be resisted and overcome only through the mighty agency of the third person of the Godhead, who would come with no modified energy, but in the fullness of divine power” (DA, 671, 1898).
Seven years later:
Ellen White: “There is but one power that can break the hold of evil from the hearts of men, and that is the power of God in Jesus Christ. Only through the blood of the Crucified One is there cleansing from sin. His grace alone can enable us to resist and subdue the tendencies of our fallen nature” (MH, p. 428, 1905).
“We must bear the perfect image Christ…” (RH, May 30, 1882).
“When Christ shall come our vile bodies are to be changed unto like his glorious body, but the vile character will not be made holy then. The transformation of character must take place before his coming. Our natures must be pure and holy” (RH, September 1, 1885).
“When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in his people, then he will come to claim them as his own” (COL, p. 69, 1900).
“Everyone who by faith obeys the commandments, will reach the condition of sinlessness in which Adam lived before his transgression” (ST, July 23, 1902; Mar, August 4, p. 224).
“When the Lords people reach the mark of perfection (perfection of Jesus’ character), they will be sealed in their foreheads… and the recording angel will declare, “it is finished” (RH, June 10, 1902).
“Now, while our great High Priest is making the atonement for us, we should seek to become perfect in Christ… Not even by a thought could our Saviour be brought to yield to the power of temptation.. But Christ declared of Himself: “The prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in Me.” John 14:30. Satan could find nothing in the Son of God that would enable him to gain the victory. He had kept His Father’s commandments, and there was no sin in Him that Satan could use to his advantage. This is the condition in which those must be found who shall stand in the time of trouble” (GC, p. 623, 1911).
Perfection not possible:
“There is not a case recorded in the Bible, of prophet or apostle claiming, as to the “holiness” people of today, to be without sin” (RH, March 15, 1887).
“We cannot say, I am sinless, till this vile body is changed and fashioned like unto His glorious body” (ST, March 23, 1888; 3SM, 355).
“So long as Satan reigns, we shall have self to subdue, besetting sins to overcome; so long as life shall last , there will be no stopping place , no point which we can reach and say, I have fully attained” (AA, pp. 560, 561, 1911).
“There is no end to the warfare this side of eternity” (Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, p. 20, 1913).
15. I cannot say I am saved
“Those who accept the Saviour, however sincere their conversion, should never be taught to say or to feel that they are saved. This is misleading” (COL, p. 155, 1900).
One year later:
“Each one of you may know for yourself that you have a living Saviour, that he is your helper and your God. You need not stand where you say, ‘I do not know whether I am saved.’ Do you believe in Christ as your personal Saviour? If you do, then rejoice.”” (General Conference Bulletin, April 10, 1901).
Ellen White wrote this testimony in 1858 to Stephen and Mary Haskell: “I saw that your views concerning swine’s flesh would prove no injury if you have them to yourselves; but in your judgment and opinion you have made this question a test, and your actions have plainly shown your faith in this matter. If God requires His people to abstain from swine’s flesh, He will convict them on the matter…He is just as willing to show His honest children their duty, as to show their duty to individuals upon whom He has not laid the burden of His work. If it is the duty of the church to abstain from swine’s flesh, God will discover it to more than two or three. He will teach His church their duty” (Ellen White: Volume 1 –The Early Years: 1827-1862, By Arthur L. White, p. 382 [Bio, 382]).
Note: The prophet was ignorant of the truth that swine’s flesh was forbidden by God. This shows that she did not know her Bible well, and when this matter was brought to her notice, she condemned and rebuked the sincere man who found this truth from the Bible. This was because she could not tolerate any one bringing out the truth, or some new revelation ahead of her. Only she should tell the people what was right and what was wrong; it should come through her! This was the attitude she had toward Anna Rice, who claimed to have revelations from God, and many others as well.
After six years:
She testifies, “God expressly commanded not to eat swine’s flesh…God prohibited the Hebrews the use of swine’s flesh because it was hurtful…God never designed the swine to be eaten under any circumstances” (4SGa, p. 124, 1864).
Ellen White: “The blood of Christ, while it was to release the repentant sinner from the condemnation of the law, was not to cancel the sin; it would stand on record in the sanctuary until the final atonement” (PP, p. 357, 1890).
Ten years later:
“Do not disappoint Him who so loved you that He gave His own life to cancel your sins” (COL, p. 332, 1900).
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal (1985): “He breaks the power of canceled sin, he sets the prisoners free” (Charles Wesley: 1707-1788, Song No. 250).
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal (1985): “…Blot out my transgressions now… Cleanse me from my sin” (Joseph P. Holbrook; 1822-1888, Song No. 297, See song No. 298).
18. Jesus had curly hair
“His hair was white and curly and lay on His shoulders” (EW, p. 16, 1882).
“From his childhood, Jesus conformed his life strictly to the Jewish laws” (Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, December 31, 1872).
Twenty six years later:
“From childhood He acted independently of the rabbinical laws” (DA, p. 84, 1898).
“And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man” (Signs of the Times, Article 10, 1877).
Twenty three years later:
“There never has been and never will be an age when the moral darkness will be so dense as when Enoch lived a life of irreproachable righteousness” (1BC, p. 1088; Manuscript 43, 1900).
“[I saw] that we had a perfect right in the city for we had kept the commandments of God, and heaven, sweet heaven, is our home for we have kept the commandments of God” (6 MR, p. 316; Letter 3, 1851, pp. 1, 2. (To Sister Harriet, August 11, 1851) December 2, 1974).
“It was because the law was changeless, because man could be saved only through obedience to its precepts, that Jesus was lifted up on the cross” (DA, p. 763, 1898).
“The law cannot save those whom it condemns; it cannot rescue the perishing” (The Signs of the Times, November 10, 1890).
Keith Augustus Burton (author, Sabbath school lessons, 2nd quarter: Christ and His Law, 2014): “After all, if obedience to the law could save us, Jesus would not have had to die in our place” (Wednesday, May 7, 2014).
22. Her visions and testimonies were just imaginations
“Here we saw the tree of life, and the throne of God. Out of the throne came a pure river of water, and on either side of the river was the tree of life. [Revelation 22:1, 2.] On one side of the river was a trunk of a tree and a trunk on the other side of the river, both of pure transparent gold” (WLF, p. 15, 1847).
“My imagination saw the “pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” On either side of this river was the tree of life “which bare twelve manner of fruits…” (9MR, p. 105; Letter 30, 1882, pp. 2, 3. (To G. I. Butler, July 12, 1882.) White Estate Washington, D. C. February 22, 1979).
“We all went under the tree, and sat down to look at the glory of the place, when brothers Fitch and Stockman, who had preached the gospel of the kingdom, and whom God had laid in the grave to save them, came up to us and asked us what we had passed through while they were sleeping” (WLF, p. 15, 1847).
“In imagination I gathered with the saints around the wide-spreading tree of life. Friends and dear home relatives who had been separated from us by death were gathered there” (9MR, 104, 1990).
“This door was not opened until the mediation of Jesus was finished in the holy place of the sanctuary in 1844. Then Jesus rose up and shut the door of the holy place, and opened the door into the most holy, and passed within the second veil, where He now stands by the ark…” (EW, p. 42, 1882 [This vision was given in 1849]).
“I was then shown what did take place in heaven as the prophetic periods ended in 1844. I saw that as the ministration of Jesus in the Holy place ended, and he closed the door of that apartment…As the priests in the earthly Sanctuary entered the Most Holy once a year to cleanse the Sanctuary, Jesus entered the Most Holy of the heavenly, at the end of the 2300 days of Daniel 8, in 1844, to make a final atonement for all who could be benefited by his mediation, and to cleanse the Sanctuary (Great Controversy, Chapter 27, 1858; 1SG, pp. 158, 162, 1858).
“In 1844 our great High Priest entered the Most Holy place of the heavenly Sanctuary, to begin the work of investigative judgment” (RH, March 22, 1887).
The Bible (NIV): “He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption” (Hebrews 9:12).
Erwin R. Gane (Former professor of Pacific Union College, America; Avondale College, Australia) Gives a new twist to 1844 which challenges the traditional belief endorsed by Ellen White that Jesus entered the Most Holy place in 1844: “Within the veil” may, therefore, have reference to (1) the exclusively mediatorial holy place ministry of Christ between A.D. 31 and 1844, and (2) the Most Holy Place judgment ministry, including mediation, which began in 1844…The throne in the earthly sanctuary was always in the Most Holy Apartment. There is no passage of Scripture that locates a throne in the holy place. Therefore, Christ surely went into the Most Holy Apartment of the heavenly sanctuary at His ascension in A.D. 31 and was still occupying that position years later when the book of Hebrews was written….” (Ministry, December 1983).
1. “His human nature shrank from the conflict that awaited Him. For forty days He fasted and prayed. Weak and emaciated from hunger, worn and haggard with mental agony. 2. “His visage was so marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men.” Isaiah 52:14. Now was Satan’s opportunity”” (DA, p. 118, 1898).
3. There came to the Saviour, as if in answer to His prayers, 4. one in the guise of an angel from heaven. 5. He claimed to have a commission from God to declare that Christ’s fast was at an end. 6. As God had sent an angel to stay the hand of Abraham from offering Isaac, so, satisfied with Christ’s willingness to enter the bloodstained path, 7. the Father had sent an angel to deliver Him; this was the message brought to Jesus. The Saviour was faint from hunger, 8. He was craving for food, when Satan came suddenly upon Him” (Ibid., 118).
“When Satan and the Son of God first met in conflict, Christ was the commander of the heavenly hosts; and Satan, the leader of revolt in heaven, was cast out. Now their condition is apparently reversed, and Satan makes the most of his supposed advantage. 9. One of the most powerful of the angels, he says, has been banished from heaven. 10. The appearance of Jesus indicates that He is that fallen angel, forsaken by God, and deserted by man” (Ibid., p. 119)
“As soon as the long fast of Christ commenced in the wilderness, Satan was at hand with his temptations… 11. He then called the attention of Christ to his own attractive appearance, clothed with light and strong in power” (Ibid., 119)
Satan taunts Jesus:
12. “He taunted Christ that he was a poor representative of the angels, much more of their exalted Commander, the acknowledged King in the royal courts. His present appearance indicated that he was forsaken of God and man” (Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, August 18, 1874).
Note: Not one of these twelve points can be proved from the Bible but they are passed down as revelations from God.
25. John met Jesus in the wilderness as He was fasting
“Rumors had reached Mary concerning her son and his sufferings. John, one of the new disciples, had searched for Christ and had found him in his humiliation…emaciated, and bearing the marks of great physical and mental distress. Jesus, unwilling that John should witness his humiliation, had gently yet firmly dismissed him from his presence. He wished to be alone; no human eye must behold his agony, no human heart be called out in sympathy with his distress…The disciple had sought Mary in her home and related to her the incidents of this meeting with Jesus, as well as the event of his baptism, when the voice of God was heard in acknowledgment of his Son, and the prophet John had pointed to Christ, saying, “Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world” (3Red: Redemption or the Miracles of Christ, the Mighty One, pp. 3, 4, 1877; 5BC, p. 1132; 2SP, p. 99, 100, 1877).
(As He wept over Jerusalem)
“They are surprised and disappointed to see His eyes fill with tears, and His body rock to and fro like a tree before the tempest, while a wail of anguish bursts from His quivering lips, as if from the depths of a broken heart. What a sight was this for angels to behold!” (Ibid., p. 575).
“He assured Him that His Father is greater and more powerful than Satan, that His death would result in the utter discomfiture of Satan, and that the kingdom of this world would be given to the saints of the Most High” (Ibid., p. 693).
“It was Judas Iscariot, a man who professed to be a follower of Christ. He now came forward, soliciting a place in this inner circle of disciples… Jesus neither repulsed nor welcomed him, but uttered only the mournful words: “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests…” (DA, p. 293).
Note: According to Matthew, it was a Scribe to whom Jesus said, “Foxes have holes…” (Matthew 8:19, 20). According to Luke 9:1, 57, 58, Jesus had already chosen his twelve disciples by the time the Scribe came forward to join Him. And to this scribe He said, “The foxes have holes…” Is this how Ellen White leads us to the Bible?
“Remember that Christ risked all; “tempted like as we are,” he staked even his own eternal existence upon the issue of the conflict” (The General conference Bulletin, December 1, 1895).
“Had the head of Christ been touched, the hope of the human race would have perished. Divine wrath would have come upon Christ as it came upon Adam. Christ and the church would have been without hope” (1 Selected Messages, p. 256, 1958).
“Finding his prayers were in vain, Judas fell at the feet of Jesus, acknowledging him to be the Son of God, begging forgiveness for his sin, and imploring him to exercise his God-like power and deliver himself from his enemies. The Saviour did not reproach his betrayer either by look or word. He knew that he was suffering the bitterest remorse for his crime. He gazed compassionately upon Judas, and declared that for that hour he had come into the world” (Redemption or the Sufferings of Christ His Trial and Crucifixion, p. 44, 1877).
31. Dogs consumed Judas’ mortal remains
“His weight had broken the cord by which he had hanged himself to the tree. In falling, his body had been horribly mangled, and dogs were now devouring it. His remains were immediately buried out of sight; …Retribution seemed already visiting those who were guilty of the blood of Jesus” (DA, p. 722, 1898).
32. Pilate Asked Jesus to forgive him
“Then to Jesus he [Pilate] said, Forgive me for this act; I cannot save you” (DA, p. 738).
An old garment was thrown over his head, and his jeering persecutors struck him in the face, crying, “Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?” (5RED, p. 42, 1877).
See- Matt 27: 67; Mk 14; 15; Luke 22: 63 (They only cover his face)
34. Bolts and bars were put for the fear of resurrected saviour
“The faces of the priests were as those of the dead. Caiaphas tried to speak. His lips moved, but they uttered no sound…The priests and rulers were in continual dread, lest in walking the streets, or within the privacy of their homes, they should come face to face with Christ. They felt that there was no safety for them. Bolts and bars were but poor protection against the Son of God” (DA, pp. 781, 785).
35. Pilate was filled with terror as he learned that Jesus had risen
“While he had condemned the Saviour unwillingly, and with feeling of pity, he had felt no real compunction until now. In terror now he shut himself within his house, determined to see no one” (DA, p. 782).
“When the Son of God came into the world to die, man’s sacrifice, he laid aside his glory and exalted stature. His height was but a little above the general size of men. But when he ascended up on high, and led a multitude of captives, escorted by the heavenly host, and was received in through the gates of the city, with angelic songs of triumph and rejoicing, I beheld with admiration and wonder, that he possessed the same exalted stature that he had before he came into the world to die for man… It is no marvel with the angelic host that their loved Commander, after he had carried out the plan of salvation, and ascended up to Heaven, should take his own exalted stature, and be clothed with majesty and glory, which was his before he left Heaven” (SG 4a, p. 119, 1864).
“Before Christ left Heaven and came into the world to die, he was taller than any of the angels. He was majestic and lovely. But when his ministry commenced, he was but little taller than the common size of men then living upon the earth” (Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, December 31, 1872
“Those who were resurrected were of different stature and form. I was informed that the inhabitants of earth had been degenerating, losing their strength and comeliness…I was informed that those who lived in the days of Noah and Abraham were more like the angels in form, in comeliness and strength” (1SG, pp. 69, 70, 1858).
“This Sabbath question has been a great trouble to me during the last year, and now I would like to ask a question: Is the observance of the Sabbath necessary to my salvation? Answer, yes or no.” I answered promptly, This is an important question, and demands something more full than yes or no. All will be judged according to the light that has shone upon them. If they have light upon the Sabbath, they cannot be saved in rejecting that light. But none will be held accountable for light which they have never received” (Historical Sketches of the Foreign Missions of the Seventh-day Adventists, p. 234, 1866).
“Men who pass on indifferently in regard to the especial claims of God’s holy law, and who turn from and reject the light given upon the Sabbath of the fourth commandment, and seek to ease their consciences by following traditions and customs, will be held responsible by God, and in a greater degree” (Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, May 6, 1875).
“I pity the Sabbath breaker who has soon to meet God over his broken law. No excuse will avail the transgressor then, for with the Bible and the almanac, every person of common abilities can tell just what day God sanctified and commanded him to observe, and when that day comes…Will God take to heaven, and into his own glorious presence, those who are living in open violation of one of the plainest precepts of the decalogue? No, no… You may plead that you cannot keep the Sabbath because your friends do not keep it. Such an excuse you will not dare to plead before Him who suffered so much to redeem you” (Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, September 16, 1862).
Note: It is crystal clear from the above statements that those who refuse to keep the Bible Sabbath, after they have come to the knowledge of it, will not be excused by God. Strangely enough, Ellen White excludes William Miller from this lot. We may include Martin Luther, and many other Adventists of her time.
39. Sabbath is kept in heaven?
“All heaven is keeping the Sabbath, but not in a listless, do-nothing way. On this day every energy of the soul should be awake, for are we not to meet with God and with Christ our Saviour?” (6T, p. 362).
Note: Sabbath was made for man only, not for heavenly beings (angels).
“At the time of the Disappointment on October 22, 1844, Miller was worn and ill. He depended largely on his younger associates who stood with him in proclaiming the Advent message. They led him to reject the Sabbath truth as it came to his attention soon after the Disappointment. For this they, and not William Miller, will be held responsible” (EW, p303, 1882).
“A human influence was exerted to keep him in darkness and to retain his influence among those who opposed the truth. At length William Miller raised his voice against the light from heaven” (Ibid., p. 257).
“Moses erred as he was about to enter the Promised Land. So also, I saw that William Miller erred as he was soon to enter the heavenly Canaan, in suffering his influence to go against the truth. Others led him to this; others must account for it. But angels watch the precious dust of this servant of God, and he will come forth at the sound of the last trump” (Ibid., p. 258).
Note: Why should William Miller be treated any different from other deliberate Sabbath rejecters?
God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34, 35).
“The angels feared that they would put forth the hand, and eat of the tree of life, and be immortal sinners” (1SP, p. 22, 1870).
Note: According to Genesis 3:22, it was God who said, “…lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”. It was God’s concern not the angels’.
“Again and again was he offered pardon on condition of repentance and submission” (4SP, p. 320, 1884).
“That brow which was once so noble, I particularly noticed. His forehead commenced from his eyes to recede backward” (1SG, p. 27, 1858)
“But holy angels were sent to drive them out of the garden” (1SG, p. 22, 1858).
Note: The Bible says, “…therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden…So he drove out the man” Genesis 3:23, 24.
“Angels in heaven mourned the fate of those who had been their companions in happiness and bliss” (1SP, p. 23, 1870).
“Angels wept to hear the words of Satan and his exulting boasts” (SR, p. 18, 1947).
“Angels in heaven mourned the fate of those who had been their companions” (SR, p. 19, 1947).
“He and his followers repented, wept and implored to be taken back into favor of God” (1SG, p. 19, 1858; EW, p. 146, 1882).
“God sent His angel to move upon the heart of a farmer who had not believed the Bible, to lead him to search the prophecies. Angels of God repeatedly visited that chosen one, to guide his mind and open to his understanding prophecies which had ever been dark to God’s people” (EW, p. 229, 1882).
48. Martin Luther
“The angels of God moved upon Martin Luther, Melancthon, and others in different places, to thirst for the living testimony of the word of God” (1SG, 1858, p. 120).
“He had taken a solemn vow to study carefully and to preach with fidelity the word of God, not the sayings and doctrines of the popes, all the days of his life. He was no longer the mere monk or professor, but the authorized herald of the Bible. He had been called as a shepherd to feed the flock of God, that were hungering and thirsting for the truth. He firmly declared that Christians should receive no other doctrines than those which rest on the authority of the Sacred Scriptures” (GC, 1911, p. 126).
(Daniel 12: 2; John 5: 28, 29; Revelation 1: 7)
According to Ellen White, there will be there distinct resurrections: 1). Resurrection of the Sabbath keepers of Ellen White’s time, and of those who pierced Him (This happens before the Lord appears), 2) the general resurrection of the saints (when the Lord appears in the clouds); 3) The resurrection of the wicked after the millennium.
Special Resurrection (1) – of the Sabbath keepers and those who pierced Him:
“Graves are opened, and “many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth… awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” Daniel 12:2. All who have died in the faith of the third angel’s message come forth from the tomb glorified, to hear God’s covenant of peace with those who have kept His law. “They also which pierced Him” (Revelation 1:7), those that mocked and derided Christ’s dying agonies, and the most violent opposers of His truth and His people, are raised to behold Him in His glory and to see the honor placed upon the loyal and obedient” (GC, p. 637).
“Those who derided His claim to be the Son of God are speechless now. There is the haughty Herod who jeered at His royal title and bade the mocking soldiers crown Him king. There are the very men who with impious hands placed upon His form the purple robe, upon His sacred brow the thorny crown, and in His unresisting hand the mimic scepter, and bowed before Him in blasphemous mockery. The men who smote and spit upon the Prince of life now turn from His piercing gaze and seek to flee from the overpowering glory of His presence. Those who drove the nails through His hands and feet, the soldier who pierced His side, behold these marks with terror and remorse” (GC, p. 643).
His coming announced to special group, Ellen White and other Sabbath keepers:
“The voice of God is heard from Heaven declaring the day and hour of Jesus’ coming, and delivering the everlasting covenant to his people…Their countenances are lighted up with his glory, and shine as did the face of Moses when he came down from Sinai” (4SP, p. 458).
“Soon there appears in the east a small black cloud, about half the size of a man’s hand. It is the cloud which surrounds the Saviour, and which seems in the distance to be shrouded in darkness. The people of God know this to be the sign of the Son of man” (Ibid., 458).
“As the living cloud comes still nearer, Jesus can be clearly seen” (Ibid., p. 459).
First general resurrection of the righteous dead (2):
“Amid the reeling of the earth, the flashing of lightning, and the roaring of thunder, the voice of the Son of God calls forth the sleeping saints. He looks upon the graves of the righteous, then raising his hands to heaven he cries, “Awake, awake, awake, ye that sleep in the dust, and arise!” Throughout the length and breadth of the earth, the dead shall hear that voice, and they that hear shall live…And the living righteous and the risen saints unite their voices in a long, glad shout of victory” (Ibid., p. 463).
Translation of the saints:
“The living righteous are changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. At the voice of God they were glorified; now they are made immortal, and with the risen saints are caught up to meet their Lord in the air” (Ibid., p. 464).
Second resurrection, of the wicked dead (3):
“At the close of the thousand years, Christ again returns to the earth. He is accompanied by the host of the redeemed, and attended by a retinue of angels. As he descends in terrific majesty, he bids the wicked dead arise to receive their doom” (4SP, p. 476).
50. Mary had doubts about Jesus
“For thirty years this woman had been treasuring up evidences that Jesus was the Son of God, the promised Saviour of the world. Joseph was dead, and she had no one in whom to confide the cherished thoughts of her heart. She had fluctuated between hope and perplexing doubts, but always feeling more or less of an assurance that her son was indeed the Promised” (3Red, p. 4, 1877).
51. Fallen angels
“Evil angels hate one another” (1T, p. 346).
52. The priest and the Levite among the audience
“The priest and the Levite who had passed by on the other side were in the company that listened to Christ’s words” (DA, p. 499).
53. Black cloud in the East: Is this “the sign of the Son of Man?” (Matthew 24:30)
“Soon our eyes were drawn to the East, for a small black cloud had appeared about half as large as a man’s hand, which we all knew was the Sign of the Son of Man. We all in solemn silence gazed on the cloud as it drew nearer, lighter, and brighter, glorious, and still more glorious, till it was a great white cloud” (Broadside 1, Apr 6, 1846).
“And I saw a flaming cloud come where Jesus stood and he laid off his priestly garment and put on his kingly robe, took his place on the cloud which carried him to the east where it first appeared to the saints on earth, a small black cloud, which was the sign of the Son of Man. While the cloud was passing from the Holiest to the east which took a number of days, the Synagogue of Satan worshiped at the saints feet” (The Day Star, March 14, 1846).
“Those who were bowed before the throne would offer up their prayers and look to Jesus, then he would look to his Father and appeared to be pleading with him. Then a light came from the Father to his Son and from him to the praying company. Then I saw an exceeding bright light come from the Father to the Son and from the Son it waved over the people before the throne” (The Day Star, March 14, 1846).
“Soon appeared the great white cloud. It looked more lovely than ever before. On it sat the Son of Man. At first we did not see Jesus on the cloud, but as it drew near the earth, we could behold his lovely person. This cloud when it first appeared was the Sign of the Son of Man in heaven. The voice of the Son of God called forth the sleeping saints, clothed with a glorious immortality” (A Vision, April 7, 1847).
“Soon there appears in the east a small black cloud, about half the size of a man’s hand. It is the cloud which surrounds the Saviour and which seems in the distance to be shrouded in darkness. The people of God know this to be the sign of the Son of man” (GC, p. 640).
“Soon appeared the great white cloud. On it sat the Son of man. This cloud when it first appeared in the distance, looked very small. The angel said that it was the sign of the Son of man. And as the cloud approached nearer to the earth, we could behold the excellent glory and majesty of Jesus as he rode forth to conquer” (1SG 206, 1858).
“Soon there appears in the east a small black cloud, about half the size of a man’s hand. It is the cloud which surrounds the Saviour, and which seems in the distance to be shrouded in darkness. The people of God know this to be the sign of the Son of man. In solemn silence they gaze upon it as it draws nearer the earth, becoming lighter and more glorious, until it is a great white cloud” (4SP [GC], p.458, 1884).
Note: It is clear from Matthew 24:30 that the sign of the Son of Man will be the very appearance of Jesus in the clouds of glory. There will be no dark clouds, no darkness attending His coming.
54. Sins are not blotted out until the final judgment
“But even if pardon is written against your names, you will sustain terrible loss; for the scars you have made upon your souls will remain” (TM, p. 447, 1929).
“Even if Christ has mercy upon them, and pardons their sins, the scars remain; they were conquered instead of conquering” (ST, Aug 12, 1886).
“When sin has been repented of, confessed, and forsaken, then pardon is written against the sinner’s name; but his sins are not blotted out until after the investigative judgment” (ST, May 16, 1895).
“God may and will forgive the repenting sinner, but though forgiven, the soul is marred; the power of the elevated thought possible to the unimpaired mind is destroyed. Through all time the soul bears the scars” (The Review and Herald, December 8, 1891. CE, p. 93).
“In the Day-Star Extra of 1846, he states that the sins of the believers on the Day of Pentecost were not yet blotted out and therefore they had not yet received the atonement which remained to be done when “the times of refreshing shall come,” and man shall be made free from sin. “Then in the heavenly Sanctuary our High Priest with His own blood makes the atonement and we are forgiven.” This is the work of the Day of Atonement” (The Law of Moses, The Day-Star Extra. Feb. 7, 1846, pp. 41, 42 by O.R L. Crosier).
The Bible assures us of our sins being blotted out when they are forgiven:
David had that assurance: Psalm 51:7, 9, 10 – Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow… Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities… create in me a clean heart…
Psalm 103:12 – As far as east is from the west, so far he hath removed our transgressions from us.
Isaiah 1:18 – though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Isaiah 43:25 – I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
Isaiah 44:22 – I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, they sins: return unto me.
1John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all our unrighteousness.
55. Ark of the covenant & Golden censer
“I saw there a glorious ark, overlaid with pure gold, and it had a glorious border, resembling Jesus’ crowns; on it were two bright angels—their wings were spread over the ark as they sat on each end, with their faces turned towards each other and looking downward. In the ark, beneath where the angels wings were spread, was a golden pot of Manna” (To The Little remnant scattered Abroad, April 6, 1846). She did not see the golden censer over the ark at this time.
One year later:
“In the Holiest I saw an ark; on the top and sides of it was purest gold. On each end of the ark was a lovely Cherub, with their wings spread out over it. Their faces were turned towards each other, and they looked downwards. Between the angels was a golden censer. Above the ark, where the angels stood, was an exceeding bright glory, that appeared like a throne where God dwelt. Jesus stood by the ark. And as the saints’ prayers came up to Jesus, the incense in the censor would smoke, and He offered up the prayers of the saints with the smoke of the incense to His Father” (Broadside, A Vision, April 7, 1847).
“Between the cherubim was a golden censer, and as the prayers of the saints, offered in faith, came up to Jesus, and He presented themto His Father, a cloud of fragrance arose from the incense, looking like smoke of most beautiful colours” (AG, p.71).
Note: The proper location of the golden censer was in the holy place, not in the most holy or upon the ark as Ellen White locates it.
56. The woman who anointed Jesus
Arimathaea and Nicodemus offered not their gift of love to Jesus in His life. With bitter tears they brought their costly spices for His cold, unconscious form. The women who bore spices to the tomb found their errand in vain, for He had risen. But Mary, pouring out her love upon the Saviour while He was conscious of her devotion, was anointing Him for the burial” (DA, p. 560).
Note: The women who bore spices were, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and other women (Luke 24: I, 10). These women including some men were disappointed as they could not have the honor of anointing Jesus’ body; on the other hand, Mary was glad to have anointed the Lord while he was alive. So this Mary, according to above statement was not Mary Magdalene, she must be Mary of Bethany, Lazarus’ sister, not present with that group. Based on this, I conclude that Mary of Bethany and Mary Magdalene were two different individuals.
57. Simon led Mary into sin
“Simon had led into sin the woman he now despised. She had been deeply wronged by him.” (DA, p. 566).
58. Was John thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil?
“John was cast into a caldron of boiling oil; but the Lord preserved the life of His faithful servant, even as He preserved the three Hebrews in the fiery furnace. As the words were spoken, Thus perish all who believe in that deceiver, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, John declared, My Master patiently submitted to all that Satan and his angels could devise to humiliate and torture Him. He gave His life to save the world. I am honored in being permitted to suffer for His sake” (AA, p. 570).
“…this is nothing but a show written by a medieval scribe directed by the authoritative hands of the Metropolitan, in order to strengthen the faith with a “demonstration” (directed towards believers) of the divine power of Christ the Saviour on the basis of of an astonishing miracle of the Apostle John “witnessed” by an apologetic Father invented centuries later: “Tertullianus”.
William Hone (1780-1842): “The description is founded on a Roman Catholic legend, that St. John in his old age was accused of atheism to Domitian, who sent him to Rome, and then before the gate called Porta Latina, caused him to be put into a cauldron of boiling oil, from whence he suffered no pain, and came forth without harm. This miracle is fabled to have occurred before his exile to the desert isle of Patmos. There is no evidence that he suffered martyrdom” (The Every-day book or, The guide to the Year, Vol. 2, P. 618, 1825).
59. Were Solomon’s strange wives converted?
“Solomon thought himself strong enough and wise enough to maintain the purity of his religion and yet deviate from the commands of God. He thought he could convert his wives to the true religion, and that by thus binding himself with idolatrous nations, he could win them all to the service of the true God. But we cannot incorporate light with darkness. Christ has no fellowship with Belial” (ST November 26, 1896).
Nine years later:
“He “made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh’s daughter, and brought her into the city of David.” From a human point of view, this marriage, although contrary to the teachings of God’s law, seemed to prove a blessing; for Solomon’s heathen wife was converted, and united with him in the worship of the true God” (RH, December 21, 1905).
Ellen White: “From a human point of view, this marriage seemed to prove a blessing, for Solomon’s heathen wife united with him in the worship of the true God… Solomon rashly disregarded the provision God had made for maintaining the purity of His people. The hope that his Egyptian wife might be converted was a feeble excuse for the sin” (From Splendor to Shadow, p. 27, 1984).
60. On which day did the flood waters come? (Genesis 7:10)
“For seven days these animals were coming into the ark, and Noah was arranging them in the places prepared for them. 1SP 71… Seven days were the family of Noah in the ark before the rain began to descend upon the earth. In this time they were arranging for their long stay” (1SP 72, 1870).
But upon the eighth day the heavens gathered blackness. The muttering thunders, and vivid lightning flashes, began to terrify man and beast. The rain descended from the clouds above them” (1SP, p. 73).
61. Walls of Jericho
“But the Captain of the Lord’s host Himself came from heaven to lead the armies of heaven in an attack upon the city. Angels of God laid hold of the massive walls and brought them to the ground” (3T, 264, 1875).
“They could not see the host of angels, marshaled by the Son of God, who led their van; and they might have reasoned…The Majesty of heaven, with His army of angels, leveled the walls of Jericho without human aid” (4T, 163, 164, 1881).
“By faith the walls of Jericho fell down.” – Hebrews 11:30. God did not employ angels to do his work but manifested His omnipotence to reward their faith. Ellen White added to the word God like Eve in Eden, who overstated.
62. Jesus did not drink water as He fasted
“After His baptism, the Son of God entered the dreary wilderness, there to be tempted by the devil… For forty days He ate and drank nothing” (AG, p. 164, 1973).
“For nearly six weeks he endured the agonies of hunger. For forty days he ate and drank nothing. This made his suffering greater than anything which man would ever be called to endure” (ST, August 7, 1879).
63. Were mary and Joseph negligent of their sacred trust?
“If Joseph and Mary had stayed their minds upon God by meditation and prayer, they would have realized the sacredness of their trust, and would not have lost sight of Jesus. By one day’s neglect they lost the Saviour; but it cost them three days of anxious search to find Him. So with us; by idle talk, evilspeaking, or neglect of prayer, we may in one day lose the Saviour’s presence, and it may take many days of sorrowful search to find Him, and regain the peace that we have lost” (DA, p. 83).
Note: Luke writing under the inspiration does not accuse Mary and joseph being irresponsible and negligent as Ellen White does. (Luke 2:43-52).
64. 99 Unfallen Worlds
“The Son of God stooped to uplift the fallen. For this He left the sinless worlds on high, the ninety and nine that loved Him, and came to this earth to be ‘wounded for our transgressions’ and ‘bruised for our iniquities.’ Isaiah 53:5. He was in all things made like unto His brethren. He became flesh, even as we are.” (Acts of the Apostles, p. 472).
65. Not to read fables
“It seems wonderfully strange to me, considering all I have written in regard to the reading of exciting stories, to see a recommendation from your pen to read Robinson Crusoe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and Aesop’s Fables. My brother, you made a mistake in writing that article. If these books are among those which you have for sale, I beg of you never to offer them again to our youth. It is your duty to call their attention to the Bible; do not become their tempter by offering to them attractive storybooks, which will divert their minds from the study of the Scriptures” (5T, p. 519).
“I have a straightforward testimony to bear in regard to them. We are to extol neither idolatry nor men who did not choose to serve God. Years ago reproof was given our editors in regard to advocating the reading of even such books as Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Aesop’s Fables, and Robinson Crusoe. Those who begin to read such works usually desire to continue to read novels. Through the reading of enticing stories they rapidly lose their spirituality” (19 MR, p. 43)
Note: Her writings, especially the Desire of Ages and Great Controversy, and her visions too are filled with fantastic fables and fictions.
66. Satan was co-partner with God!
“Once Satan was in co-partnership with God, Jesus Christ, and the holy angels. He was highly exalted in heaven, and was radiant in light and glory that came to him from the Father and the Son; but he became disloyal, and lost his high and holy position as covering cherub” (RH April 14, 1896).
67. Feeding the four thousand
“But obedient to His word they brought Him what they had, – seven loaves and two fishes. The multitude were fed, seven large baskets of fragments remaining. Four thousand men, besides women and children” (DA, p. 405).
68. Jesus had older brothers
“His brothers, as the sons of Joseph were called, sided with the rabbis…All this displeased His brothers. Being older than Jesus, they felt He should be under their dictation” (DA, pp. 86, 87).
69. God struck the Tower of Babel with a lightning
“Angels were sent to bring to naught the purpose of the builders. Their confederacy ended in strife and bloodshed. Lightnings from heaven, as an evidence of god’s displeasure, broke off the upper portion of the tower and cast it to the ground” (Patriarchs and prophets, pp. 119, 120, 1890).
70. Garden of Eden was transported to heaven
“The pure and lovely garden of Eden,…remained until God purposed to destroy the earth by a flood…and in his wonderful providence withdrew it from the earth, and will return it to the earth again more gloriously adorned than before it was removed from the earth” (3 SG, p. 55, 1864).
71. Christ’s death benefits the angels
“To the angels and the unfallen worlds the cry, “It is finished,” had a deep significance. It was for them as well as for us that the great work of redemption had been accomplished. They with us share the fruits of Christ’s victory” (DA, p. 758).
72. Father bowed before the cross
“The cross of Christ is lifted up between heaven and earth. Here comes the Father and the whole train of holy angels; and as they approach that cross, the Father bows to the cross and the sacrifice is accepted” (SermonTalks, Vol. 1, p. 112, 1889).
Note: If God the Father would bow to the cross, what is wrong if humans bow before the cross of Jesus placed in the churches?
73. Jesus falls three times while bearing the cross
“But Jesus fainted beneath the burden. Three times they laid on Him the heavy cross, and three times he fainted” (1SG, p. 57, 1858).
74. Napoleon at the second resurrection?
How Ellen White judged Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821):
“There was the proud, ambitious Napoleon whose approach had caused kingdoms to tremble. There stood men of very high stature, and of dignified, lofty bearing, who had fallen in battle. They fell while thirsting to conquer. As they come forth from their graves, they resume the current of their thoughts where it ceased in death. They possess the same spirit to conquer which ruled when they fell” (1SG, 215, 216, 1858).
Note: We see clearly how Ellen White assumed the prerogatives of God in judging the “quick and the dead.” On the other hand, we have a different and a positive picture provided by napoleon himself, as well as history.
Napoleon was a believer of the Bible: “The gospel is more than a book; it is living thing – active, powerful, overcoming every obstacle in its way. See upon this table this book of books, … I never cease reading it, and always with new delight” (Napoleon on the Divinity of Christ and the Scriptures, Published by South Carolina tract Society, p. 2, 1842).
He believed on the divinity of Christ: “He alone succeeded in lifting the heart of man to things invisible, and in inducing him to sacrifice temporal things; he alone, by influencing him to this sacrifice, has formed a bond of union between heaven and earth. The more I, Napoleon, think of this, I admire it the more. And it convinces me absolutely of the divinity of Christ” (Napoleon on the Divinity of Christ and the Scriptures, Published by South Carolina tract Society, p. 5, 1842).
His final conclusion of Jesus: “I know men,” said Napoleon, “and I tell you that Jesus is not a man! … Jesus came into the world to reveal the mysteries of heaven and the laws of the Spirit. “Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but upon what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus alone founded His empire on love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him” (Napoleon on the Divinity of Christ and the Scriptures, Published by South Carolina tract Society, pp. 7, 85, 1842).
75. The disciples were not willing to accept the decision of the council
“The Jewish Christians living within sight of the temple naturally allowed their minds to revert to the peculiar privileges of the Jews as a nation. When they saw the Christian church departing from the ceremonies and traditions of Judaism, and perceived that the peculiar sacredness with which the Jewish customs had been invested would soon be lost sight of in the light of the new faith, many grew indignant with Paul as the one who had, in a large measure, caused this change. Even the disciples were not all prepared to accept willingly the decision of the council. Some were zealous for the ceremonial law, and they regarded Paul with disfavor because they thought that his principles in regard to the obligations of the Jewish law were lax” (AA, p. 197, 1911).
What the Bible says: Acts 15: 22 – Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church…
Verse 25 – It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord…
Verse 28 – For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things.
Note: According to the Bible, the decision, being influenced by the Holy Spirit, was, unanimously accepted by both the church leaders as well as the church. Whereas, Ellen White contradicted this plain truth, “Thus saith the Scripture”, with her speculation. How could her writings be considered to be in harmony with the Bible? How could she be thought of as one leading people to the Bible?