Jesus and Napoleon

Jonathan Downing 


Mr. Harniess 




17th November 2014 

Jesus and Napoleon


Napoleon Bonaparte was a French military leader who lived from August 15th 1769 to May 5th 1821. He reconstructed Paris, and made it a beautiful city, with lovely places to be and a much cleaner environment. Jesus is the basis of Christianity who lived on earth from 4 B.C. to 33 A.D. Let us look at how they compare.


Napoleon and Jesus, though they lived at very different times and with different worldviews, still had a couple of similarities. Napoleon and Jesus both thought that the Lord’s Prayer was beautiful, and truly holy and worthy of God. They also both acknowledged God as the almighty one. This is about as far as the similarities go. 


While Napoleon was a power-crazed warlord, Jesus was called the ‘Prince of Peace’. Napoleon had a less than happy view of women, and said that they were nothing but ‘machines for producing children’, whereas Jesus said that men and women are all equal in the eyes of the Lord. By the end, Napoleon was, in my opinion, completely mad. He sent boys and old men into battle against Austrians, English, Germans and more. I do not think he really cared anymore, because if he did then maybe he would have come to his senses. Jesus, on the other hand, was healing people and preaching about love. In my opinion, this separates Napoleon and Jesus to opposite ends of the spectrum. Jesus was called the prince of peace. Napoleon, on the other hand, essentially called himself a barbarian. I leave the final decision up to you, but in my opinion, Jesus and Napoleon were completely different people. 



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