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Published on March 17th, 2016 | by Discussion Questions

If you could have a conversation with anyone from history, who would it be?





R. WRITES: There are so many amazing people from the past. There are presidents, writers, actors, activists, abolitionists, artists, chefs, preachers, missionaries, musicians, ancestors, professors. There are godly, gifted, creative, compelling, capable, winsome, beautiful, fascinating individuals. History is jammed full of them. If you were able to meet one person (who is not Jesus) face-to-face from the past and have a conversation with them, who would you choose?


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  • Olivia W.

    Hmm… Corrie ten Boom, Amy Carmichael, Elisabeth Elliot…

    • Abigail V.

      I was going to say Corrie ten Boom as well. She faced such horrible circumstances, yet her faith through it all is incredible!

      • Jenna Szubinski

        Yes She. was. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.! I would have totally loved to meet her! Her story is so touching!

        • John Oxide

          I know, right. I’d probably prefer to meet her sister Betsy though. . .and I’m going to in Heaven!

      • Agreed!! I would also like to meet Casper ten Boom – a man who had amazing faith.

        • John Oxide

          He was sooooooo wise! I’m like, “Wow!”

  • Cricket

    Ooh, I love fun questions like this! There are so many people to choose from…
    If I had to pick just one person to meet, I think it’d be Robert E. Lee. Strong Christian, but he lived in a turbulent time and had to make some hard choices.

    • Olivia W.

      Very interesting choice. A lot of people don’t like him since he fought for the confederacy, but he did it out of loyalty, which kinda makes me respect him. Apparently my neighbor is one of his descendants…

      • Cricket

        I just finished studying the Civil War and I was pretty surprised myself to find out just how much he prayed before joining the Confederacy. Also, I currently live in the Deep South, where he is still viewed as this big hero. What general area do you live in?
        Also, I love the three you mentioned–there are so many brave women who have taken a stand for Christ! Have you read The Hiding Place? I haven’t yet (keep forgetting when I’m at the library) but I’ve heard a lot of great things about it.

        • Olivia W.

          I live in North Carolina, but the people I talk to most are from my online homeschool thingy I do, BJU Distance Learning. A lot of the people there are also from the south, but they don’t like Lee simply because he fought for slavery. I think what a lot of people don’t understand is that even though slavery was the reason for the war, some people didn’t chose their side based on whether they believed slavery was right, but instead they were just fighting based on their views of state’s rights vs. federal government. So, in other words, even though some people think that Confederacy leaders were bad people because they must have been for slavery, that wasn’t always the main issue that they were standing for or against.

          No, I haven’t read The Hiding Place yet, but it’s on my book list. When I was little my family read a biography on Corrie Ten Boom, so I sorta remember that. Right now I’m reading C. J. Mahaney’s “The Cross Centered Life”. Once I finish that one I might try and get The Hiding Place 😛

          • Louis Gervais

            “slavery was the reason for the war,” I think that may be a slight generalization. Wars are complex, as are their origins.

          • Olivia W.

            Sorry, I just didn’t phrase that the right way.

          • Louis Gervais

            No, I apologize. Can you tell I’m from the South? =^D

          • Grace Reece

            I agree. Robert E. Lee did NOT stand for slavery at all, in fact he freed all his slaves before the war even started. In a letter to his sister who was for the Union, he explained his decision to fight for the Confederates this way, “With all my devotion to the Union and the feeling of loyalty and duty of an American citizen, I have not been able to make up my mind to raise my hand against my relatives, my children, my home. I have therefore resigned my commission in the Army, and save in defense of my native State, with the sincere hope that my poor services may never be needed, I hope I may never be called on to draw my sword. I know you will blame me; but you must think as kindly of me as you can, and believe that I have endeavored to do what I thought right.” Definitely a hero in my mind.

            BTW- I’m originally from California and live in Oklahoma.

          • Stephan Carter

            Yeah I remember hearing somewhere that Lee freed his slaves and only was in the war because his home state was in the confederacy. I had never heard that quote though definitely amps up my respect for him. And also slavery wasn’t the reason some people went for either side (though it did have a part in it). A lot of people were misguided in the war though good thing Lincoln got us through it (too bad he had to lose his life). Although he was an incredible man I don’t think he would be one of the top people I want to meet. I like Amelia Earhart (she was pretty cool and brave too), Peter (man I would love to talk to him and have his boldness), Rosa Parks, and several others. But my top person would have to be George Washington.

          • John Oxide

            The Hiding Place is great. Also, I think even if they didn’t for slavery, the fact that they didn’t fight against it could bother some people.

            Maybe they didn’t stand for what was wrong, but they didn’t stand up for what was right either.

        • John Oxide

          You have to, have to read the Hiding Place!!! Cori Ten Boom is like amazing, and so is her sister Betsy

      • John Oxide

        Interesting.

    • Instant way to tell where people are from – if someone upvotes this there’s a good chance they live below the Mason-Dixon line XD

  • Josh A.

    Not Jesus? He would be my number 1 choice; but besides Him probably Moses, Paul, David, Job, Enoch, Caleb, or Elijah for biblical people. I wouldn’t really want to talk to anyone else as much as them.

    • John Oxide

      Just go down the Hebrews 11 list and meet everyone. Haha.,

  • Anna G.

    Wow, this is hard. Biblical person? Probably either Mary of Bethany or Enoch.
    Outside the Bible? This changes a lot but right now I’d say Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss or Elisabeth Elliot. Both have really impacted me.

  • Cassidy Calcutt

    Probably Eliza Hamilton; her husband Alexander doesn’t get remembered very well, but she never even gets mentioned.

  • Jenna Szubinski

    Hmm. There are so many people I would have loved to meet! Some people I would have liked to meet from the bible would be Miriam, Moses, Mary of Magdalene, definitely David, one of the many lepers who were healed, Paul, Silas, Mary and Joseph, and oh so many more! Other Christians whom I would have loved to meet would be Corrie Ten Boom, Elisabeth Elliot, Elizabeth Prentiss, Gladys Aylward and Hudson Talyor. Some among my favorites would be Amy Carmichael and Fanny Crosby. I would have loved to meet many of them. The thing is, I will, someday in Heaven when my time comes, although I won’t recognize them, I will be in their presence. But I know One whom I shall see face to face!! My wonderful Savior, Lord and King-JESUS! There I will Praise Him, Praise Him Jesus my Blessed Redeemer–wait—Fanny Crosby wrote that! 😀

    • John Oxide

      Haha. Do you want to meet one that didn’t thank Jesus or the one who did?

      • Jenna Szubinski

        Whaaaa?? LOL….Could you explain your question a little more??

        • John Oxide

          Oh, whoops! I was really unclear. I was talking about the lepers. You know the story where some of them go away without thanking Jesus, and the other thanks Him.

          • Jenna Szubinski

            LOL ok. I was gonna say…..XD

  • Noah Rogers

    In terms of biblical people Solomon, The wisest man…And Peter! And John! And Bartholomew! And John the Baptist! And King Hezekiah! And Paul! and Jesus himself ^-^. In terms of who in the present time, (Dead or alive) Er…Theodore Roosevelt, he had amazing christian principles, and is a president i’ve always enjoyed learning about, Hudson Taylor, as he risked his life reaching the Chinese people, and that is just amazing to me.

  • Olivia W.

    It’s so cool to think that we’ll actually get to meet these people some day!

    • Stephan Carter

      Yeah! at least some of them.

  • Anne

    There are so many that I want to meet that it’s hard to choose. Umm…Biblical characters would be: Jesus, David, Joshua, Mary(mother of Jesus), Anna, Abigail, and Lydia. Present day would be: Abraham and Mary Lincoln, George and Martha Washington, Corrie ten Boom, C.S Lewis, and Florence Nightingale(to name a few).

    • Regan Seba

      Nope, Jesus isn’t one of your options. 😀

      • John Oxide

        Come on! Haha.

    • John Oxide

      It would be really interesting to meet Marry. She was so young.

  • *almost says Jesus* *realizes that’s against the rules* *has no idea how she could just pick one person*

    • Yeah, exactly what happened to me XD

    • Josh A.

      Same.

    • Jenna Szubinski

      lol Yeppers

    • Regan Seba

      Yeah, I think it’s against the rules because He’s not really a person from the past since He’s alive and well. Also, we’ve all already met Him and have conversations on a regular basis.

      • Abigail McCoy

        Define regular conversations :/

        • Regan Seba

          Did I say regular conversations? I meant to say that we all talk to him fairly often about a variety of topics.

          • Abigail McCoy

            I understand. Just wish He would talk back more often, you know?

  • Haylie

    Paul from the Bible. His story is such a fascinating one. I would absolutely love to get to talk to him.

  • Okie Gal

    Paul, Amy Carmichael, and the Elliotts.

    • Okie Gal

      Maybe Amelia Earnhardt, and the Judsuns (Adoniram and Ann) too.

  • Louis Gervais

    Adam.

    • Regan Seba

      Ooh, good one.

    • John Oxide

      Talk to him ‘bout the first sin for me 😉 Oh, and if you ever meet Noah, ask him what those giants are like right before the passage about the flood.

  • Horse Lover

    Abigail,Rahab,and Ester, from the Bible,they have adventurous stories. And Abrham Lincoln, Amy Carmichael,and Elisebeth Elliot.

  • tmselden

    Other than biblical people, it would be William Wilberforce.

    • Josh A.

      Great choice, his story is quite an interesting one.

      • tmselden

        Thank you. He modeled the scripture: Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” I love people that model God’s love for others in spite of challenges.

  • I find it a bit funny that seeing as this is a site for mostly teens that no one has mentioned Daniel of the Bible. He would be my very first choice. He was just a teen when he went through so many hard things and yet he always defended what was right. Along with his buddies, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. There are many, many others I would love to meet, just two of which are Thomas Jefferson. I find him so interesting even though we don’t share many of the same beliefs. And Nathaniel Hayes. I have a lot of questions for him.

  • And you know what. If I could, in a safe environment, I would like to meet Hitler and Napoleon as well. Though they were evil they were pretty smart guys. I would love to hear history from them and just understand their views better. I truly love studying things from different perspectives.

  • Amanda

    Probably C.S. Lewis, the apostle John, or the apostle Paul.

  • Natalie Zylstra

    I would probably talk to Jonathon (King Saul’s son), because his faith was shown to be strong, and also, he and David were best friends, so there’s also that perspective.

    • John Oxide

      Jonathan is awesome!

  • Regan Seba

    I love these kinds of questions! Biblically, I’d choose Esther, because she was young, and yet she was very wise, faithful, and obedient. I also really liked @brookief:disqus’s suggestion of Daniel. It kind of seems like he, Esther, and David were the first Rebelutionaries.

    Historically…. Ronald Reagan. Theodore Roosevelt. Isaac Newton. Queen Elisabeth I. Dietrich Bonhoeffer. And interestingly enough, I think it’d be exceedingly interesting to meet Charles Darwin. Not because I agree with what he said about macroevolution, but because he was an interesting and diverse person who heavily influenced the world.

    Please, don’t make me pick one. I’d have to choose between Esther, Ronald Reagan, and Theodore Roosevelt, and I really don’t want to do that.

    • Anne

      Good ones! :)

    • John Oxide

      Yeah, speaking of young people, I think it’d be so cool to meet Jesus as a teenager. It’s like “Why doesn’t it talk about that in the Bible?”

  • Hmmm, so tough!!! One of the apostles would be really cool. Like John after he wrote revelation!!
    Amy Carmichal. Gladys Aylward.

  • Piano With Eyes-that r worlds

    This is a no-brainer for me, not that it should be (usually this would be a hard question.) I would say Paul. He is my hero!

    It would also be cool to know your parents when they were younger both just ‘cause it would be fun but also because you could use things from their past to get them to empathize with you 😉

    • Olivia W.

      Wow, that certainly would be interesting. Seeing my parents as my age…

      • Regan Seba

        That would be highly interesting for my mom and possibly scary for my dad…

        • Olivia W.

          Yeah, probably. Although, if I judged based on my mom’s prom dress that I’ve seen in pictures, I’d say she might be a little scary too xD

        • Piano With Eyes-that r worlds

          Lol

      • Stephan Carter

        Hmm. Kinda like in Back to the Future. I don’t recommend watching that movie though.

        • Olivia W.

          I already did watch that movie 😛

    • Haylie

      Oh goodness, those were literally like my exact thoughts! Right down to my answer being Paul! Normally i’m dreadful at answering questions like this, but with this particular question I was like “Oh! I actually know what i’m gonna say!” XD

      • Piano With Eyes-that r worlds

        Lol

    • Anne

      I’d love to see what my parents were like at my age!

  • Violin with Feet

    I am fascinated with Blaise Pascal, Sophie Scholl, Deborah (one of the most wisest of Israel’s judges and she was a woman! YASS!), Leo Tolstoy, Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Adoniram Judson.

    • Hailey

      YES!!!! I had been absolutely fascinated by Sophie Scholl for so many years, but no one I know has ever heard of her. I have quotes from her on my bulletin board, and I think about her often… she was so, so brave and amazing.

  • Faith

    Oh wow.. Do I have to condense this to one person? Oh geez. Both of my great-grandmother’s, my dad’s parents and brother (if those count), C.S. Lewis probably.. other than that I would love to meet Gladys Alyward, Mary Slessor, Amy Carmichael, David Livingstone, Charles Spurgeon, Ronald Reagan, Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, Corrie ten Boom, Meriwether Lewis, Darlene Deibler Rose, Jim and Elisabeth Elliot, the apostle Paul, James, Gideon, Joshua, and John. 😀 (that’s about as much as I can condense it..)

    • Olivia W.

      Oh, I didn’t think of that! I’d like to meet my Dad’s dad, and then all four sets of great-grandparents. All I know about my grandpa on my dad’s side is that he really liked peanuts… random, and both his father, him, and my uncle all died from a heart attack at that same age, which is kinda scary… My Mom tells me how her mom’s mom would have liked me so much…. It would be pretty interesting to meet ancestors…

      • John Oxide

        Great-grandparents are the best. I never met my mom’s dad. He died when she was like 18.

    • Abigail McCoy

      Ronald Reagan!! YES!! And JFK :)

    • Stephan Carter

      Haha! Nice Condensing.

  • Sarah A.

    From the Bible: Esther, David, Paul, Solomon (because he’s the wisest man that ever lived), Ruth, Moses, Joseph, James (the one who wrote the book), John (the disciple), Elijah, Job, Daniel…
    Not from the Bible: Isaac Newton, C. S. Lewis, Neil Armstrong, Corrie ten Boom, Jim Elliott, Nate Saint, William Carey, Amy Carmichael, Gladys Alward, Harriet Tubman, David Livingstone, and (this is extremely recent) a guy named Rick Husband. He was a Christian astronaut who died in the space shuttle Columbia explosion in 2003. I read his biography and I think it’d be cool to talk to him too. Oh, and Rachel Scott, a 17 y.o. girl who died in the Columbine shooting. She was a Christian and had amazing faith for her age. I also read her biography, which was really good.
    I can’t choose just one, but if I had to, it’d be between Isaac Newton, C. S. Lewis, Esther, Neil Armstrong, and Jim Elliott.
    Anywhoozles… I’ll probably think of ten more throughout the course of today and mentally facepalm for not remembering them right now…

    • Regan Seba

      Neil Armstrong… what a great pick.

      • Sarah A.

        I’ve always loved space, so he was the first one that came to mind.

    • Abigail McCoy

      C.S. LEWIS!!!!

    • John Oxide

      That’s long. . .Do you like reading biographies??? I know I do :)

      • Sarah A.

        I love reading biographies! Missionary biographies have always been a favorite of mine. I especially like those Christian Heroes: Then & Now books, I have about 12 of them.

        • John Oxide

          Hahaha. Does this mean I can tell you all the biographies you should read? I love giving people lists of books!!!! BWAHAHAHAHA

          • Sarah A.

            I’d love to see your list, then I can add them to my (ever-increasing) list of books to read! That is, as long as I can suggest some as well!

          • John Oxide

            I happen to love having other people tell me what to read almost as much as I like telling other people what to read.

          • Sarah A.

            As far as Christian Heroes Then & Now books go: Betty Greene, Cameron Townsend, Corrie Ten Boom, David Livingstone, Eric Liddell, Gladys Aylward, Jim Elliott, Jonathan Goforth, Lottie Moon, Mary Slessor, Nate Saint, William Carey, George Muller, C. S. Lewis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Hudson Taylor, Willam Booth, William Wilberforce, Thomas Edison, Harriet Tubman, George Washington, Clara Barton
            As far as other books go: High Calling (about an astronaut named Rick Husband), The Hiding Place (about Corrie Ten Boom), Gladys Aylward: The Little Woman
            Also, the Autobiography of George Muller is pretty good. It’s a compilation of excerpts from his journal.

          • Stephan Carter

            Haha! that’s a long list but (I’m not certain) I don’t think Little Woman is a biography/autobiography. I have read a couple of those biographies you listed like David Livingstone, Jim Elliott, and the Hiding Place. I liked all of those. In Christ alone.

          • John Oxide

            Hiding Place is the best!

          • John Oxide

            Wow! Overwhelming. I don’t know if I have much of a list. . .The authors who wrote the Hiding Place (other than Corrie Ten Boom) helped write some other biographies as well (God’s Smuggler etc.) I also really like Lopez Lomong’s autobiography Running For My Life. Do you like historical fiction at all?

          • Sarah A.

            Historical Fiction used to be my favorite type of books! Don’t take that the wrong way, I still love them, but I’m going through a Joel C. Rosenberg phase as far as fiction is concerned right now. :)
            Anywho, yes, I love historical fiction. One of my favorite historical fiction series is the Trailblazers series, which tell about different historical figures from a fictional person’s view of them. They’re pretty cool.

          • John Oxide

            Have you ever read Joseph by Terri Fivash? I personally don’t agree with some of her theology, but I think that book’s pretty good! I haven’t heard of Joel C. Rosenberg. Is that bad?

          • Sarah A.

            I’ll add it to my list!
            It’s not necessarily bad, but he is a great author and I would recommend his books. I don’t know a whole lot, but I know that he writes some end-time prophecy kind of books. I’m reading his Last Jihad series right now, which is the first series he wrote, and it’s really good. If you’ve read Left Behind and like those, you’ll definitely like these. But, they aren’t the exact same kind of books as left behind, they’re not set in the tribulation, they’re set pre-trib, but still just as exciting as the Left Behind books.
            Sorry, I’ll stop ranting now…

          • John Oxide

            Cool! You’re not ranting. Left Behind’s pretty cool :)

          • ZeePt3

            Have you ever read the series by Rosenberg about the Twelve Imam? The books in the series are; The Twelve Imam, The Tehran Initiative, and Damascus Countdown. I really liked them. Never read the Last Jihad series.

          • Sarah A.

            No, but I’ve heard that they’re good and I’ll definitely read it after I finish the Last Jihad. My mom suggested that I start with the Last Jihad series and then read some of his other ones if I liked them. They’re the first books he wrote.

          • John Oxide

            Interesting. Hmmm, are they set in Islamic culture?

          • Sarah A.

            I’m not sure about the Twelve Imam, but I know that the Last Jihad isn’t. It kinda skips back and forth between the US (specifically Washington DC) and the middle east. The main character is an American that travels back and forth between the two throughout the series. The majority of the other recurring characters are American, but some of them are middle eastern. I’m only in the middle of the third book out of five, so that’s what I know so far.

          • John Oxide

            Interesting.

          • ZeePt3

            Cool!

          • Haylie

            The Left Behind books are so good!

  • Sarah A.

    How I read the comments:
    “That’s a good choice”
    “Why didn’t I think of that?”
    “I should’ve said that one too”
    …etc., etc., etc…

    • Jenna Szubinski

      LOL or just smirked, nodding your head, or snapped because you didn’t think of a realllly good one. XD

  • nmanhipot

    Clement of Alexandria maybe, although I would need a translator.

    • Regan Seba

      I think that we’re covering translator gaps in this imaginary conversation.

  • Musical Ragamuffin

    My top three would be William Wilberforce because he was a Christian and a politician, and he never, ever gave up no matter the cost. Then Dietrich Bonhoeffer because he was a Christian and willing to assassinate Hitler, he understood the importance of the body of Christ, and he thought things through. Most of all, I would like to meet Rich Mullins. He was messed up, but he loved God so much, saw Him in nature, understood God’s love for him, and wanted to follow the real Jesus. Every time I read something from his biography I want to follow the real Jesus more. Plus he was an incredible musician, who played not only the piano, but the dulcimer-which is hanging on my wall unplayed, and the hammered dulcimer, which is my favorite instrument EVER, and he wrote such beautiful songs!! I am a musician and song writer, so I could learn so much from him!

    • Abigail McCoy

      Great answer!!! If I absolutely had to choose, I think I would choose Dietrich Bonhoeffer. But all of those people were amazing!
      I love Rich Mullins! (And your username!) What is the name of his biography, if you don’t mind me asking? I’d like to learn more about him.
      I’m also a musician and song writer!

      • Musical Ragamuffin

        AWESOME!!! I haven’t yet met anyone who really likes Rich Mullins. His biography is called An Arrow Pointing to Heaven by his friend James Smith. Have you watched the movie? I watched it a year ago and that’s how I came to know him, even though my Dad has had his music around for a long time. There is an old documentary on YouTube about him called Homeless Man, and they made a new doc. called Rich Mullins: A Ragamuffin’s Legacy. I haven’t seen either one, but I hope to. There is also a compilation of his writings from a magazine called The World As Best As I Can Remember It. What kind of songs do you write? My most recent was written for a church art program, but I really want to give words to people’s pain with my songs.

        • Abigail McCoy

          Sweet!! Thanks so much! I did watch the movie and I’ve wanted to learn more about him ever since! I wasn’t really familiar with him until after I followed Jason Gray on Spotify and found that one of his playlists had Rich’s “Here In America” on it. I liked it so much! Then I happened to run across that album at Goodwill. Now it’s one of my favorites!! Andrew Peterson kind of reminds me of him because they both weren’t/aren’t generic, run-Christianity-into-the-ground CCM-type artists (I like some of those, too, but I get to the point sometimes where I wanna bang my head against a brick wall, ya know?) I love how poetic they are and how they weave Jesus into the song…I’m not sure how to say it. Let’s just say “Hold Me Jesus” has brought me to tears.
          I try to write songs mostly in that vein…but really, “try” isn’t actually that accurate. Songs come to me. I’ve been writing poetry ever since about 13 or so, and I envied how songwriters could take poetry and make it into a song that could connect more with people. One day I just prayed and asked God for that gift, and almost right away, I wrote a song! I usually don’t have a tune come to mind, but my guitar teacher helps me there. The last couple songs have been for a friend of mine that passed away (in the vein of “I Believe” by Diamond Rio and/or “Dancing in the Sky” by Dani and Lizzy) and one about moving from my home state, Montana. Where are you from? Would you like to exchange songs/lyrics sometime, maybe? How old are you? I’m 18. Are you a boy or girl, if you don’t mind my asking? God bless! :-)

          • Musical Ragamuffin

            So you like Jason Gray AND Andrew Peterson?!! I LOVE them too–just started listening to Andrew Peterson. Their songs are so honest and beautiful. “Be Kind to Yourself” is like written for me. Yeah, a lot of my songs are about someone or something I lost. The first one I ever wrote was right after the Boston Bombing. My piano teacher has taught me piano chords which has helped me write more melodically and poetically. That would be cool if we could share lyrics. There just aren’t many people who write. I love the way Rich Mullins brought out the human parts of Jesus. I mean he was ALL God, and yet ALL man, and it’s different thinking about His humanity. I’m so bummed he died before I was born, but thankful for all the videos people have posted. For the record, my name is Chavala. :)

          • Abigail McCoy

            YES!! I actually got the privilege of seeing Jason Gray on concert and meeting him. He’s amazing (and TALL!)!!! “Be Kind to Yourself”…yes. “How does it end when the battle you’re in is just you against you against you? Got to learn to love, learn to love your enemies too.”
            Rich Mullins really brought that human element out, didn’t he? Some of his songs are funny, and some are heartbreakingly beautiful. The weird thing is he died on September 10th, and I was born two weeks later on the 23rd. So I kind of feel a small connection to him because of that.
            Nice to meet you, Chavala!

          • Musical Ragamuffin

            I was able to see Jason Gray in concert last summer, and I heard two of his new songs that aren’t out yet, and I’m SO excited for his new album! I also enjoy Josh Wilson’s music. The “No More” music video is so awesome! I struggle with knowing about God’s grace, and that Jesus took everything forever on the cross, and actually living like that.
            Yeah, the thing about Rich Mullins’ songs, is that he gets right into the soul, even with a song like “Jacob and 2 Women,” I am moved even with such an odd topic.
            That’s cool about your birthday!

          • Abigail McCoy

            So cool! Jason Gray is just an awesome person. :) Josh Wilson is good, too!
            I hear you on that. Sometimes it’s hard to remind ourselves that in Jesus, our sins are forgiven, no more held against us. But we HAVE to learn to walk in freedom! Satan wants to keep us in shame. We cannot let his lies control us!!

      • Sarah A.

        I don’t know the name of his biography, but I know there’s a movie about Rich Mullins called Ragamuffin that’s really good.

    • Rich Mullins! Definitely would be on my list! Huge fan of his music and love reading pretty much anything he said or wrote.

      • Musical Ragamuffin

        You too?! He definitely had a window on life, like someone else has said.

  • Josiah

    I would love to have a conversation with Jesus and just get to know him more and be one of his diciples.

    • John Oxide

      I know right, but it’s off limits. This annoying question.

  • Stephan Carter

    Such a difficult question. I love Amelia Earhart (she made me love airplanes though I do not plan on being an aviator), David Livingstone, George Muller, Jim Elliot and his crew (can you tell I like ministry :D), George Washington, Peter, Paul, Moses, and Abraham Lincoln. Although those are only a few I would probably have to choose Lincoln (cause he was in a time when there was a lot of conflict and he was able to bring the country back together). In Christ alone.

  • How dare you make me choose just one! :p Good question, I would have to say Jane Austen or Charles Dickens, or Clara Barton or maybe Luke and probably Audrey Hepburn and most likely James Stewart.

    • Stephan Carter

      Haha! Yeah to bad you have to choose one.

    • thatcher jane

      Totally Jane Austin she was such a great writer

      • ikr! glad to find another Jane Austen enthusiast! :)

    • Natalie Zylstra

      Jane Austen would be really cool. It would be awesome to be able to ask for tips on how to write a good novel. Same with Charles Dickens, although I haven’t read as many of his.

      • She had to be a pretty cool person! Love her and Charles Dickens both! Love it when I meet other ‘Austenites’!

        • Olivia R.

          There are so many ‘Austenites’ here! I love it!

    • Musical Ragamuffin

      I LOVE Pride and Prejudice. I just performed a scene from Helen Jerome’s adaption with my Mom and brother (We just did it at home). And I got to be Elizabeth! That was AWESOME!!!

    • BeautifulPrincess

      Lol…’how dare you make me choose just one’..I know, I had to cut down on my list too…but I agree with you about Jane Austin – her books are awesome!

      • 😀 Glad to find yet another ‘Austenite!’ :)

  • Abigail McCoy

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer!!!!!

    • Gabrielle

      Why him Abigail?

      • Abigail McCoy

        He is a role model to me! His story amazes me.

        • Gabrielle

          Hmm, I’ll have to read about him then!

  • Nelson Mandela…William Wilberforce… Elizabeth Elliot… Martin Luther King Jr. ..Corrie Ten Boom… Jonathan Edwards… Thomas Edison… Wolfang Mozart… Robin Williams

  • Hailey

    Wow, so so hard! Off the top of my head, Corrie ten Boom, Lincoln, CS Lewis, Esther (from the Bible), a couple of my deceased family members, um… I know I’ll think of way more later that I wish I would have added. 😛

    • John Oxide

      Yay for dead relatives! Or even my great grandmother as a teenager. . .so, so interesting.

    • Olivia R.

      Definitely Corrie ten Boom!

  • Rebekah

    There are too many to choose from!!! Just a few from off the top of my head…CS Lewis, my great uncle Fergus (who was a secret agent in ww2) Yehudi Menhuin, Florence Nightingale, Brother Andrew, Chaim Potok (just so I could tell him how much I LOVE his books!) From the Bible: Peter, Ruth, and Esther

    • Haylie

      A secret agent in ww2? Oh man, that’s SO COOL.

      • Rebekah

        Ano! We have some pretty cool ancestors… robert the bruce, authours, painters, musicians, and people knighted by queen victoria! I love family history! :)

        • John Oxide

          Haha, on my dad’s side all my ancestors are pacifist, so nothing that interesting. At the same time, they really love their family history. . .and they’re like all Christian which is super cool!

          I know nothing about my mom’s biological ancestors. She was in a foster family since she was 2.

    • John Oxide

      Actually I’d really like to meet Peter. He denied Jesus three times, and what Jesus said told him before his ascension was so powerful!!!

  • ZeePt3

    I would probably have to choose Benedict Arnold, since I’m a one of his direct descendants (not necessarily something to brag about). Another one would definitely be David.

    • John Oxide

      David is awesome!

      • Olivia R.

        I think Jonathan would be interesting to talk to as well. I would like to know more about his life.

    • Stephan Carter

      Benedict Arnold interesting person to choose. I don’t know that I would pick him but since he is one of your ancestors I can see how you would. He did betray his country though (kinda like Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus). And by David I assume you mean King David son of Jesse who wrote most of the Psalms. He is a pretty good choice kinda like an underdog story. Young shepherd boy faces lions and bears to prepare to take on the giant Goliath for God’s glory. And then conquer Israel and be crowned king and make way for peace (which was achieved through his son Solomon).

      • ZeePt3

        Yeah, the only reason I would choose Benedict Arnold is because he’s my ancestor, even though he wasn’t the best of people. King David is the one I was talking about, he did make some mistakes, but he still loved God. He probably understood more about God than I do, and had a great faith in God at a young age. Faith is something I need to work on.

        • John Oxide

          “A man after God’s own heart.”

      • John Oxide

        I actually think it would be pretty interesting to meet Judas Iscariot.

  • Emily N.

    I would want to talk with Jesus at the last supper. :)

  • Stephen M.

    I totally would say that Jesus Christ, my loving Savior, is my FAVORITE character in history!!!:) I can’t wait for heaven (whether death comes first or the Rapture)!!!;) I would highly recommend reading “Heaven”, by Randy Alcorn. His book obviously has some flaws, but other than that, it’s AWESOME! It creates a longing for heaven as never before…at least in my opinion.

    Most people don’t think much ’bout heaven or the New Earth, but considering what the Bible says, it will be breath-taking! I would even get to see my loving, perfect, all-knowing Savior! I keep thinking about the time where I’ll just look at Jesus in His eyes…I would see so much love there as never before! I could just run up to Him and hug Him, grateful for eveything what He has done and for Him and His attributes!

    To be in God’s presence would be, like, well….INDESCRIBABLE!!! I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yes, Jesus Christ is completely my favorite historical character.;)

    • Stephan Carter

      Same here! My one wish is that I will never have to blink in heaven. That would be AMAZING! I can hardly wait, but we are called to spread His Gospel to all the world and that must be our second priority (first is following after Jesus with all our heart).

      • John Oxide

        And no sin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ZeePt3

      Jesus was the best character in history, hands down. Heaven’s gonna be AMAZING! Whenever I think of heaven, I think of that song “Big Big House” by Audio Adrenaline. When I was a kid, I loved the thought of playing football with Jesus.

      • John Oxide

        I think that song wrongly makes Heaven about what we’ll enjoy, about all the great stuff like football, food, and riches (in a very American Dream-like way), when in reality the greatest thing about Heaven is not what we’ll have but WHO we’ll have.

        • ZeePt3

          Yeah! I totally agree! It was just a cool song for my ten-year-old self to hear and get excited about.

          • John Oxide

            Lol.

      • John Oxide

        Ugh. Now I have that song stuck in my head. LOL.

      • BeautifulPrincess

        Lol…yeah…and I think of heaps of bright sunlight and rainbows..I don’t know why… :)

    • John Oxide

      Yeah, “I would see so much love there as never before!”

      I think even know we can experience just a little of that. But even here on earth, we can taste a little of His AMAZING presence.

      I need to try to read his condensed version of Heaven. The full length book is so big. Tried to read it.

    • BeautifulPrincess

      Yep!!!…I’d definitely want to meet Jesus first!!! And thank him for the hug sacrifice he made for us all..thank you SO much, Jesus!!!

  • thatcher jane

    I would want to talk to c.s. Lewis ever since I was little I wanted too.
    I’m a writer and so was he and he was a great writer I admire his writing style and his metaphor of Narnia.

    • John Oxide

      Or Tolkien! It’d be like, “Can you just like give me a formula for how to create worlds.”

      And he’d get his pipe out and sit there for a few minutes before leaning forward to tell me something.

      • ZeePt3

        Right…

      • Haylie

        Oh that’d be so cool.

      • Olivia R.

        That would be amazing!

  • thatcher jane

    All of these people are still alive is that okay?
    Also I would want to talk to Shane harper He seems like he would have some interesting things to tell being a Christian in Hollywood
    also I would want to talk to twenty one pilots.

    • Stephan Carter

      I do not believe Shane Harper is a Christian if you get that impression from somewhere please tell me.

      • yeah, he is. I’ve read a couple articles about him. And he was the main guy in God’s Not Dead.

        • Stephan Carter

          Hmm. I always thought he wasn’t (I did know he was in God’s Not Dead btw so excited for God’s Not Dead 2!).

          • yup! I am too! I Loved that movie.

          • BeautifulPrincess

            I’m itching to watch it, but I’ve only seen the trailer so far – mum has this thing about pre-watching movies, even christian ones…and she hasn’t had time to watch it yet. :(

          • Natalie Marie

            Stephan, the opening song on God’s Not Dead is Harper’s.

          • Stephan Carter

            Yeah I realize his part in the movie. Just when I went to check out his songs I didn’t really think them that focused on God.

  • Wiza Mhango

    Hi! Late to the party, Jesus was my first option though
    but I Would probably love to meet Judas Iscariot. and ask him questions like How exactly did he feel in his stomach when he got paid for betraying Jesus. He took what was a very scary and horrible position, to walk and eat with Christ and then betray him…Bonus would be David Koresh…again all why questions

  • The apostle Paul is a good one.

    Another person I would like to meet would be William Wilberforce. We have a few things in common, so it would be nice to talk with him, ‘though if he started a battle of wits I would have to beg for mercy. He was said to be the wittiest man in England, Europe even.

    Still, I feel like I can have a pretty good conversation with him just by reading about him and reading what he wrote. The same goes for C.S. Lewis.

    • Musical Ragamuffin

      I didn’t know that about William Wilberforce! I think it’s awesome that he was a Christian, a politician, and like you said, witty! :)

      • He was a REALLY good singer too. Lately, I’ve been reading a biography about him called, “Amazing Grace” by Eric Metaxas. It’s a great book so far! (this coming from a person who struggles reading non-fiction;)

        • Natalie Marie

          And a great abolitionist as well. I would have to tie with Billy (William) Pitt, Wilberforce, or Lewis. Amazing Christians, amazing men of their time

        • Musical Ragamuffin

          I didn’t read all of “Amazing Grace”, but I enjoyed what I did read. The movie is my number one favorite.

          • It’s been simply AGES since I have seen the movie! (Adds to must-do list:)

  • BeautifulPrincess

    I don’t know which person I’d pick apart from Jesus – I mean, He’s definitely the best…but I think I’d pick Eve…and ask her why she ate the apple! Or maybe Ruth…

    • ZeePt3

      If I met Eve… wow, there would be a lot to say.

  • Natalie Marie

    I guess there’s a few people I’d love to have a cup of coffee and talk to. If I could sit them down at the same time and at the same table. (Besides from Jesus and the writer’s of the Bible) And they are William Wilberforce, William (Billy) Pitt the second, C.S. Lewis, Shane Harper, and David A.R. White. Here’s why: Wilberforce and Billy lived and stood for ideas that weren’t popular in England at the time even before Pitt became Prime minister of England. C.S. Lewis, because of his imagination he had to have had to write the Chronicles of Narnia….(although, I could just ask his step-son, Douglas Gresham). Shane and David because they both started acting before they were in their 20’s Shane as a young teen and David when he was either 18 or 19

    • Piragi

      Shane Harper!? He played in God’s Not Dead! And not to realize he sings now, one song called Hold You Up is inspiring.

  • Gabrielle

    ONLY ONE??!!!!!! Well, Paul!

  • Piragi

    I know it says talk to, but I’d like to experience the Crucifixion of Jesus, I mean it would be worth the tears(of joy possibly) because I know the reason why he died. But still it would be sad.

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