Columbus was not the first to discover America. The Phoenicians, Ancient Celts, The Irish and Welsh, and the Scandinavians were all in America before Columbus. Dr. Barry Fell, a professor of biology at Harvard believes that others besides Indians have visited and colonized America for thousands of years. Many rock inscriptions, artifacts, and other evidence indicate the presence of Celts, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Egyptians, and others dating long before Columbus.
He did not prove that the world was round. He debated with scientists on the size of the earth, but they knew it was round. Isaiah knew the earth was round. (Is.40:22)
In his book “Book of Prophecies” Columbus declares that his primary motivation to sail was to share the Word of God and to spread the Gospel to the whole world.
In his journal as he first voyaged the Atlantic – he writes to the king and queen: It begins with “In the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ” All throughout this journal, Columbus repeatedly emphasizes his goal of converting people to Christ.
Columbus believed he was in the “Last days”
In 1492, October 12th early in the morning, Columbus and his crew sighted land. They went ashore on the 15th of October. The first island they landed, Columbus named it San Salvador which means Holy Savior! The second island they named it Isla de Santa Maria de Concepcion which means St. Mary.
As they were sailing to these Islands, time was measured by an hourglass that had to be turned every half hour. As the seaman turned the hour glass he sang out, ……Blessed be the hour our Lord was born, St. Mary who bore Him and St. John who baptized Him!
These are just some interesting facts that you probably will not hear in your average History class. I believe History can be fun and not boring if we study the truth in History. If the enemy can get us to believe a lie about History then we hinder God’s plan in sharing the Gospel to the whole world. Like President Woodrow Wilson said “A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do.”
In my mind Christopher Columbus is a hero!
Columbus & Cortez, Conquerors for Christ
by: John Eidsmoe