After the French Revolution, France lost Haiti (Saint-Domingue), one of the world’s main producers of sugar. Desiring another tropical colony to compete with Britain’s India, the French General Napoleon invaded Egypt.
In the process, he uncovered the Pyramid treasures, the Rosetta Stone and conquered into Palestine.
Napoleon was unable to introduce French concepts of liberty, equality and democracy into the Muslim culture, which was accustomed to centuries of rule by the sword, so a year after the Battle of the Nile, he returned to France.
Napoleon, who was born AUGUST 15, 1769, conquered across Europe, from Italy, Austria, Poland, and German States, to Holland, Denmark and Norway. His tactics and use of mobile artillery resulted in him being considered one of the greatest military commanders of all time.
He spread the metric system, and a civil-legal system, called the Napoleonic Code, which emancipated Jews, as well as Catholics in Protestant countries and Protestants in Catholic countries.
Fearing the Haitian slave rebellion would spread into the French Louisiana Territory, and badly needing money for his French Army, Napoleon sold a million square miles to the United States in 1803 in what is called the "Louisiana Purchase."
A draining war in Spain, the loss of troops retreating from Russia and his defeat at Leipzig led to Napoleon being exiled on the Island of Elba in 1813.
After a year, he escaped and took control of France again for 100 dates, but lost the Battle of Waterloo to Britain.
During the 17 years of Napoleonic Wars, an estimated 6 million Europeans died.
In 1815, Napoleon was banished to the South Atlantic Island of Saint Helena till his death in 1821.
There he dictated his "Mémoires" to General de Montholon, Baron Gourgaud and General Bertrand. His conversations were recorded by Emmanuel de Las Cases in "Memorial de Sainte Hélène."
Napoleon complained to Montholon of not having a chaplain. Pope Pius VII petitioned England to grant Napoleon’s wish and Abbé Vignali was sent to be his chaplain.
Napoleon read out loud the Old Testament, the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. He affirmed his belief in God, and told Montholon:
"I know men; and I tell you that Jesus Christ is not a man.
Superficial minds see a resemblance between Christ and the founders of empires, and the gods of other religions. That resemblance does not exist.
There is between Christianity and whatever other religions the distance of infinity…
His religion is a revelation from an intelligence which certainly is not that of man.
The religion of Christ is a mystery which subsists by its own force, and proceeds from a mind which is not a human mind.
We find in it a marked individuality, which originated a train of words and actions unknown before.
Jesus is not a philosopher, for His proofs are miracles, and from the first His disciples adored Him.
Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but upon what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force!
Napoleon had stated:
"The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it."
Napoleon once told a Milan parish priest in 1797:
"Society without religion is like a ship without a compass."