Building a Nation
"We are not to attribute this prohibition of a national religious establishment to an indifference to religion in general, and especially to Christianity (which none could hold in more reverence, than the framers of the Constitution) . . . Probably at the time of the adoption of the Constitution, and of the first amendment to it . . . . the general if not the universal sentiment in America was, that Christianity ought to receive encouragement from the state so far as was not incompatible with the private rights of conscience and the freedom of religious worship. An attempt to level all religions, and to make it a matter of state policy to hold all in utter indifference, would have created universal disapprobation, if not universal indignation . . . The real object of the amendment was not to countenance, much less to advance, Mahometanism, or Judaism, or infidelity [secularism], by prostrating Christianity; but exclude all rivalry among Christian sects, and to prevent any national ecclesiastical establishment which should give to a hierarchy the exclusive patronage of the national government." Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story on the First Amendment
1983 - Oct. 4, 1982, Joint Resolution of Congress: "Whereas the Bible, the Word of God, has made a unique contribution in shaping the United States as a distinctive and blessed nation of people. Whereas Biblical teachings inspired concepts of civil government that are contained in our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of The United States ... Whereas that renewing our knowledge of, and faith in God through Holy Scriptures can strengthen us as a nation and a people. Now therefore be it resolved ... that the President is authorized and requested to designate 1983 as a national "Year of the Bible" in recognition of both the formative influence the Bible has been for our nation, and our national need to study and apply the teachings of the Holy Scriptures." February 3, 1983 - President Ronald Reagan issued the above requested proclamation. President George Bush declared 1990 to be the international year of Bible reading
Almost nine out of 10 Americans (86%) say that they believe in God, even when given the choice of saying that they "don't believe in God, but believe in a universal spirit or higher power" (chosen by only eight percent). In fact, only five percent of the population choose neither of these choices and thus claim a more straightforward atheistic position. Gallup Poll, Christmas 1999
93% of North Americans are Christians, less than 2% are Jewish, and less than 2% are a combination of Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus. Encyclopedia Britannica Book of the Year
On September 10, 1782, in consequence of the difficulty of importing Bibles, Congress approved and recommended to the people the edition of the Bible printed by Robert Aiken of Philadelphia. Congress described it as a "neat edition of the Holy Scriptures for use in schools."
"WHEREUPON, RESOLVED THAT the United States in Congress assembled...recommend this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States, and hereby authorize him to publish this recommendation in the manner he (Robert Aiken) shall think proper."
Like it or not; Love it or hate it; curse it or praise it; THE UNITED STATES WAS FOUNDED BY CHRISTIANS AS A CHRISTIAN NATION, and the vast majority of its citizens were Christian. Our national motto is, "IN GOD WE TRUST"; our national hymn is, "GOD OF OUR FATHERS." The fathers being Abraham, Isaac and Jacob of the Bible. We pledge allegiance to the United States of America as "ONE NATION UNDER GOD."
Our Constitution begins with, "We the people of the United States..." Article Seven mentions, "the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred eighty seven..." Ask yourself, who is "our Lord" which is mentioned by "we the people?" Few people know, and it is no longer taught in our public schools, that eleven of the thirteen original colonies gave religious tests for public office. They required faith in Jesus Christ and the Bible as a basic qualification for holding public office.
MASSACHUSETTS: Required a declaration that:
"I believe in the Christian religion and have a firm persuasion of its truth."
NEW JERSEY: Declared:
"...that no Protestant inhabitant of this colony shall be denied any civil right merely on account of his religious principles, but that all persons professing a belief in the faith of any Protestant sect, who shall demean them-selves peacefully under the government as hereby established, shall be capable of being elected into any office of profit or trust, or being a member of either branch of the legislature."
VERMONT'S: Constitution required every member of the House of Representatives to take this oath:
"I do believe in One God, the creator and governor of the universe, the rewarder of the good, and the punisher of the wicked, and I do acknowledge the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by Divine inspiration..."
VIRGINIA: Denied public office to anyone who denied the,
"Christian religion to be true, or the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be of Divine authority."
The Colonial documents written up in the home country of the colonists who came to North America and was usually issued by the king of that country. The Charter granted to the Colonists:
1). Certain lands in the New World;
2). Established the general rules and laws by which the colony would be guided; and
3). Stated the purpose or purposes for which the colony was being founded.
The first of these Charters was granted by James I of England on April 10, 1606, for the settlement and possession of Virginia. Now, keep in mind that this is a government document. This document speaks of the colonists who first erected government institutions in America as having;
"...desires for the furtherance of so noble a work which may by the providence of Almighty God, hereafter tend to the glory of His divine Majesty, in the propagating of the Christian religion to such people as yet live in ignorance of the true knowledge and worship of God, and may in time bring the infidels and savages, living in those parts, to human civility, and to a settled and quiet government."
The Charter of Plymouth council granted by James I on November 2, 1620, begins,
"In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are under-written...having undertaken, for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith...combine ourselves into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation, and furtherance of the ends aforesaid."
The March 4, 1644, Charter, issued by Charles I for the Colony of Massachusetts Bay mentioned the orderly conduct of the colonists;
"...to the knowledge and obedience of the only true God, and the Savior of mankind, and the Christian faith."
The Rhode Island Charter directs the civil administration so that the people might:
"...be in the better capacity to defend themselves in their rights and liberties against all enemies of the Christian faith."
In the Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven, it was written on April 3, 1644,
"It was ordered that the judicial laws of God, as they were delivered to Moses...be a rule to all the courts in this jurisdiction in their proceedings against offenders..."
There are literally thousands of other documents that could be quoted, but they are almost never mentioned in our modern anti-Christ classrooms or pulpits. However, the question is: Was America founded upon Jesus Christ and Christianity, or are the atheists and agnostics correct in saying America is a pluralist society, not a Christian one? The evidence is overwhelming that the thoughts about America by both king and commoner were bound up with a vision of the gospel of the kingdom of Jesus Christ. We do not refer to church or missionary documents but to civil documents signed by the king or another authorized people in the government. These are political or governmental documents whose main purpose, like our Constitution, was to put in writing the order of government and the purposes of that government. These documents are foundation stones, not of American churches, not of religious movements, but the foundation stones of the American government, foundation stones of the United States of America.
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