Hello, my name is ___________'s e-mail account for this letter.
I don't know whether or not the E.G. White Estate is able to answer all of the questions that they receive, this one is only of minor importance, but if you are able to answer this one I would truly appreciate it. During a discussion today I made a statement regarding a supposed quote by Mrs. White which I had heard of but never personally read. One of my friends told me that he had tried looking it up on the CD-ROM but was unable to find it. If you have any information regarding the origin of this supposed quote, or whether or not it is only a myth I would like to know.
It is one which simply said that Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" was the result of a dream that God gave him. I know that there are many supposed quotes which are attributed to Mrs. White which she never had anything to do with. I may have also been passing on one of these today. Do you have any info?
Yes, I do. I think you've been passing on one of those "supposed quotes"! If you need a reference for it, you could say it is from Testimonies, Volume 10!
I hope you take these comments in the jovial spirit I offer them in. Most of us have found later that some statement we have attributed to Mrs. White was not there, or did not make the point we thought it did. Welcome to a large and distinguished body of believers!
Now, of course, I could be wrong in my belief that she never said this. I, too, used the CD-ROM and didn't find it. But sometimes we just don't put in the right words. Yet I did my searches using BUNYAN and PILGRIM alternately with words like DREAM and VISION, and I didn't find anything.
What is more, I went to our files and looked for information on Bunyan or on Pilgrim's Progress, and I didn't find a thing. So I feel pretty sure that we have covered the possibilities, at least for the published writings. And if it was something that hadn't yet been published, from where did someone quote it in your hearing?
You probably already found the following statement. While it doesn't say anything about a dream, it does speak of Bunyan breathing the very atmosphere of heaven. Perhaps an association of ideas led someone to conclude that this was a God-given dream. Here's the quote (you will see that I pulled this one from a search for just the word "Bunyan"):
The Great Controversy, p. 252 Again, as in apostolic days, persecution turned out to the furtherance of the gospel. In a loathsome dungeon crowded with profligates and felons, John BUNYAN breathed the very atmosphere of heaven; and there he wrote his wonderful allegory of the pilgrim's journey from the land of destruction to the celestial city. For over two hundred years that voice from Bedford jail has spoken with thrilling power to the hearts of men. BUNYAN's Pilgrim's Progress and Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners have guided many feet into the path of life.
Anyway, that's about all I know just now. Thanks for getting in touch. And if you see Pastor ___________, say hello to him for me. He worked here for the last year or so. God bless as you continue to study.
William Fagal, Director
Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-1400 USA
Phone: 616 471-3209
FAX: 616 471-6166