The Greatest Woman In History, Ellen White, Founded A Church, Scores Of Schools, Health Institutions, Wrote 10 Outstanding Books, Described 9-11 In A Book Published In 1909, And An Impending Calamity
God chose Israel, not because they were the greatest nation, but to show His power in making them great, and when Israel was obedient to God, they were great under David and Solomon, at the crossroads of the nations. But Israel forgot the source of their greatness was humble obedience to God’s great laws, says Dr. Richard Ruhling, a retired physician who offers a similar perspective for the church of his education.
Like Israel, God chose a weak woman whose injury in childhood ended her formal education at age 9. Yet when she died, she left behind 25 million written words —a total literary output of 100,000 printed pages. In 2015 her most translated book, Steps to Christ, was available in more than 165 languages.
On the basis of research in the Library of Congress, 10 of literature’s most translated authors … have been identified. Mrs. White is now the third most translated author in the entire history of literature. She is the mosttranslated woman writer ever, and the most translated American author of either gender.
The 10 books are posted online and anyone may access them here. They include Steps to Christ, as it gives a picture of God’s love for mankind and our need of Him, and how to find peace by surrendering our lives as Scripture shows. The book has been translated into 125 languages and published under other titles.
As a retired physician, Ruhling says the best book ever written is The Ministry of Healing. It is subtitled Health & Happiness, an appropriate subtitle recognizing that health is a by-product of obedience to natural laws and happiness is a by-product of moral laws—laws of relationship that God has given. How to live a well-balanced life with purpose and assurance of a destiny beyond is the focus of the book that covers everything from Christ’s life as a healer and natural remedies to foods and eating habits that are unsurpassed by the myriad of diet books on the market today.
Dr. Clive McCay, Professor of Nutrition at Cornell University reviewed Ellen White’s writings on health and nutrition. He was surprised that she did not incorporate the fads and fallacies of her time and summarized a six-page review by saying, “In spite of the fact that the works of Mrs. White were written long before the advent of modern scientific nutrition, no better over-all guide is available today.”
Ruhling is saddened to see how the church copied Israel’s history in wanting to be like other nations. Adventism did this against Ellen White’s explicit directions. She encouraged the purchase of a property in Loma Linda, California that she said God had shown her, but when the day came, leaders had no money for the $5000 deposit until the mail arrived with a letter from Ellen White mailed a month earlier from New Jersey with a $5000 check for the deposit. It was to be her school to train gospel workers to go house to house, singing gospel songs, giving Bible readings and instructions on eating, along with natural remedies and treatments that she said God would bless in answer to prayer.
Today this sounds like weak medicine, but Ruhling’s father, an MD who taught at St. Louis University 65 years ago said 85% of his patients would get well no matter what he did; 10% he helped and 5% would die no matter what he did.
If we applied those figures to Ellen White’s plan for natural treatments and instructions on eating, 95% of people would be getting well and with no need to see a doctor for another prescription. Ellen White did not want pharmacology taught at Loma Linda, but leaders, eager for AMA approval, gave in to pressures to be recognized, and now prescription drugs are a leading cause of death due to adverse drug reactions.
White acknowledged drugs relieve symptoms, but “in most cases, the drug only changes the form and location of the disease.” Ministry of Healing, 126. We call it “healthcare” in spite of the fact that the drug does not address the true causes and that people with lots of MD “healthcare” prescriptions die sooner.
The Ministry of Healing also has seven excellent chapters on the Christian home and child-rearing. Her book Education was eulogized by Florence Stratemeyer, Professor of Education at Columbia University and a leading educator—“The breadth and depth of its philosophy amazed me. Its concepts of balanced education, harmonious development, and of thinking and acting on principle are advanced educational concepts.. the teaching of parental responsibility, and the emphasis on self-control in the child are ideals that the world desperately needs.
“Mrs. White did not necessarily use current terms. In fact, she did not use the word curriculum in her writing. But the book Education in certain parts treats of important curriculum principles. She was concerned with the whole learner—the harmonious development of mental, physical, and spiritual powers.
“Today many are stressing the development of the intellect. But feelings and emotional development are equally important. In our changing society, the ability to act on thought and in terms of principle is central. It is this harmonious development that is so greatly needed, yet so generally neglected today.”
It’s an excellent help in home-schooling and everyone familiar with what’s happening in US schools should be considering what the Bible says—“You shall teach them…” Deuteronomy 6:7. A current headline says, Schools Approve Teaching Students: ‘It’s Okay To Break The Law, Police Are Evil’
Just as Adventist leaders made a huge mistake by seeking AMA accreditation for their health work, they made the same mistake by seeking accreditation for their schools. Now when it’s clear that the world is ignorant of true education, Adventism has nothing to offer when it could have been “the head and not the tail” (Moses’ blessing if the Jews did Deuteronomy.) But Adventism has been copying the world for most of a century, adding Bible classes, much like a junk-food diet is made better with a vitamin pill, says Ruhling.
Of the 10 books linked at the Ellen White website, Ruhling has read all but Acts of the Apostles and finds them excellent. The Desire of Ages, for example, was for many years recommended to the average person seeking a book on the life of Christ in our national Library of Congress.
Some have tried to undercut Ellen White with accusations of plagiarism, but the statements by McCay and Stratemeyer above disprove it. At worst, she was an inspired borrower who knew what was true.
Attorney Vincent Ramik, a Roman Catholic, spent more than 300 hours researching Ellen White to say she was not a plagiarist and her work did not constitute copyright infringement.
Her vision of 9-11 was published in 1909 here. Her vision of an impending calamity is here. Ruhling believes it is when “Judgment must begin at the house of God” (1Peter 4:17) and will include Loma Linda for leaders’ hijacking the school that Ellen White wanted for teaching gospel workers the natural remedies; instead, we have a professional school that failed White’s purpose.
Another measurement of a person is not only what they wrote, but the obstacles they had to overcome.
- Ellen White had a 3rd grade education. This writer has 25 years of education, but I couldn’t write anything to match her clarity, balance and wisdom.
- Early in Adventist history, she said the church is in the Laodicean state, “Christ is not in her midst.” (He is outside knocking.)
- She faced opposition from church leaders that rejected the 1888 message of righteousness by faith, so she went to campmeetings with the proponents (two brilliant ministers) until church leaders wanted her to stop and asked her to go to Australia to start a school. She submitted, maybe like Joseph sold to Egypt, but out of Australia she also wrote some of her best books, returning in 1901 to appeal for a change in church organization. They voted it, but never instituted it.
- In 1903, they voted a hierarchical structure like the Catholic Church has. She responded from California, “How is faithful city become an harlot?” (citing Isaiah 1:21), Two years later she wrote that the church would be in apostasy “till the Lord comes.”
To overcome those obstacles, to write with depth and clarity on many aspects of diet, health, education, as well as commentaries on the Bible, counsels for establishing churches, publishing houses, schools and medical institutions while being opposed by lukewarm leaders and still get her writings into print (even by an outside press) because “Satan is in charge of the Review & Herald”–all of this goes beyond the accomplishments of any women that I can think of. I nominate her for the greatest woman in history and greater than men with only a few exceptions like Moses, Daniel and Paul.
Dr. Richard Ruhling is a retired physician who was reared as a Seventh-day Adventist and taught at Loma Linda, but he sees truth for the end-times as broader than his church that made no protest of the pope’s visit to Congress, in spite of our US Constitution calling for separation of church and state and the pope’s plan to be in charge of all earthly governments via the United Nations, as foretold in Revelation 17, Rome being the city of seven hills where the Mother Church, involved with the kings of the earth, sits.