Voltaire: God has the Last Laugh

“The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.  He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.  Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure…” (Ps 2:2-5).

Voltaire had no time for the Bible.  He denied that any part of it was from God.  He boasted that he would pave the way for its destruction, and that within a hundred years of his death it would be forgotten.  Very few people read Voltaire today, yet added millions read the Bible.  Within twenty-five years of Voltaire’s death, his house was purchased by the Geneva Bible Society and used for storing Bibles; and his printing press was actually used to print an entire edition of the Bible.

Since that noted Frenchman’s day, many Bible societies have come into being.  Their presses have produced the Scriptures by the hundred million, and today [1952] the Old Book can be read in over a thousand languages.  Since its inception, the British and Foreign Bible Society [1804] alone has produced over six hundred million copies of the Scriptures, being responsible for 808 of the 1,040 translations.

In view of the persistent opposition it has faced, such a situation is but one further proof that the Bible is indeed God’s Word to man.  As Isaiah declared: ‘The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the Word of our God shall stand for ever’ (Isa 40:8).

“How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? And the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?….Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I  also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh….Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD….For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.  But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil” (Proverbs 1:24-33).

Article taken from “God’s Answers to your Questions” by R. D. Vine, 1952, p. 14-18; publ. The Stanborough Press Ltd., Herts, England.

Scripture added to top and bottom of article and are from King James Version of the Bible.