Sunday, February 8, 2009

Lincoln's Faith

I read an interesting article the other day about the faith of Lincoln. Historians are divided on how deep his faith went, but the article gave a quote written by Lincoln during the middle of the Civil War which is pretty amazing:

“The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God can not be for and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party—and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect His purpose. I am almost ready to say this is probably true—that God wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet. By his mere quiet power, on the minds of the now contestants, He could have either saved or destroyed the Union without a human contest. Yet the contest began. And having begun He could give the final victory to either side any day. Yet the contest proceeds.”

Here is the whole article:

The Puzzling Faith of Abraham Lincoln

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