Christopher Columbus on the Bible

... in the captain’s cabin of the flagship was a handwritten copy of The Latin Vulgate, a well-worn Bible that had guided not only the captain’s spiritual life, but his epic voyage as well. Years later he stated his reasons for such a risky endeavor:

It was the Lord who put into my mind (I could feel his hand upon me) the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies. All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me… There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because He comforted me with rays of marvelous inspiration from the Holy Scriptures…. I said that I would state my reasons: I hold alone to the sacred and Holy Scriptures, and to the interpretations of prophecy given by certain devout persons…

The year was 1492 and the captain was Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), a man driven by faith as much as he was driven by fact. History would prove that he was mistaken on many fronts. The world was nearly twice as large as he had calculated. And it wasn’t a passage to India that he had found. He had discovered a land mass of huge proportions. Though he didn’t know it at the time, the inspiration he had taken from the Bible had resulted in the Bible being taken to the unknown continent for the first time. The Bible had come to the Americas—and the Americas and the world would never be the same.
("The Bible in America: What We Believe About the Most Important Book in Our History" Second Edition/ Steve Green and Todd Hillard
www.museumofthebible.org Emphasis added)