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Atheists Lie About the Declaration of Independence
The Christian Diarist ^ | July 4, 2012 | JP

Posted on 07/04/2012 10:06:33 AM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Atheists are determined to rewrite American history to further their ungodly purposes.

Consider the “Freethought of the Day,” published on this Fourth of July by the so-called Freedom from Religion Foundation, which is based in Madison, Wisconsin, which describes itself as the nation’s largest association of “freethinkers,” including atheists, agnostics and skeptics:

“On this date in 1776,” reads the atheist Freethought, “Thomas Jefferson’s ‘Declaration of Independence was adopted… Its secular purpose was ‘to dissolve the political bands,’ and it inaugurated the anti-biblical idea that ‘governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Finally, it repeats the canard that “Jefferson was a Deist,” adding that the founding father “was highly critical of Christianity” and that his “revolutionary document made reference to a ‘Nature’s God.’”

This is nothing more than atheist revisionism, meant to undermine the indisputable fact that America was founded by Christians, who envisioned the former collection of colonies as one nation, under God.

The atheists refer to Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence, as if it were entirely his creation. That’s because, in their twisted minds, they imagine he was secretly one of them.

But the Declaration was hardly Jefferson’s solo work. He was tasked with incorporating the collective thoughts of the founders in the document.

And while the Declaration did indeed have a “secular purpose,” to dissolve the political bands between the original 13 colonies and the British crown, that purpose was informed by the founders’ conviction that all men are created equal, and are “endowed by their Creator” – the God whom the atheists deny – with certain unalienable rights.

The atheists suggest that the principle with which there is near-unanimous agreement among Americans, that our government derives its just powers from our consent, is somehow anti-Biblical.

But nowhere does the Scripture endorse government exercise of unjust powers over the dissent of the governed.

Then there’s the weird atheist insinuation that Jefferson’s reference to “Nature’s God” was a tacit rebuke to Christianity, of which, they claim, the founder was highly-critical.

But Jeffersonwasn’t referring to Pan, the Roman god of nature, or to some other mythological god, but to the living God who created the whole Earth, which is filled with His glory.

And while the atheists at Freedom From Religion Foundation want to claim the Declaration of Independence as their own, the inconvenient truth is that not even one of the signers of the nation’s founding document was a “freethinker” or “atheist” or “agnostic” or “skeptic.”

In fact, all 54 signers were men of faith. And nearly half actually were heads of Christian seminaries.

To maintain that the faith of the nation’s founders had no bearing whatsoever on the Declaration of Independence is to deliberately skew American history.

But that’s the kind of deceitfulness for which atheists are known.


TOPICS: Government; History; Politics; Religion
KEYWORDS: declaration; founders; fourthofjuly; thomasjefferson
Because atheists so often repeat the Big Lie that the nation's founders were more secularists than Christians, many underinformed Americans are starting to believe them.
1 posted on 07/04/2012 10:06:44 AM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
The atheists suggest that the principle with which there is near-unanimous agreement among Americans, that our government derives its just powers from our consent, is somehow anti-Biblical.

You can search both Testaments, but I think you'll have a really tough time finding any support for the notion that "the people" have a right to revolution.

Both Jesus and Paul specifically instructed Christians to obey the Roman government, and it was by any standard far more oppressive than the Brits.

It would be more accurate to say that the principle the author mentions is non-Biblical, though based on principles drawn directly from Christian ideas.

2 posted on 07/04/2012 10:18:43 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

We shouldn’t OVERESTIMATE the reliance on the Biblical Truth by the founders, however. Jefferson and others like him were just as influenced by the natural history teachings of Locke as they were Jesus.


3 posted on 07/04/2012 10:20:15 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
"But that’s the kind of deceitfulness for which atheists are known."

Not just atheists, but secular humanists, Marxists, abortionists, homosexuals, and other sundry lefty "progressives".

4 posted on 07/04/2012 10:20:45 AM PDT by Edward Teach
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
Then there’s the weird atheist insinuation that Jefferson’s reference to “Nature’s God” was a tacit rebuke to Christianity, of which, they claim, the founder was highly-critical.

If you take Christianity to be a religion that believes Christ is God, then TJ was indeed highly critical of Christianity.

He even edited the Bible to take out all references to Christ as God (not that there are all that many of those), to the Virgin Birth, and to the performance of miracles.

http://www.angelfire.com/co/JeffersonBible/

5 posted on 07/04/2012 10:26:36 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
SIMPLE SOLUTION: OFFER THE PSALM 14:1 DISCOUNT TO ALL!

Bring in and recite Psalm 14:1 to obtain the discount.

The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good.

6 posted on 07/04/2012 10:37:09 AM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: Sherman Logan

Not true. Caesar was to get only what was due to him. But one’s heart and soul belongs to God.


7 posted on 07/04/2012 10:47:48 AM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

The thing about Jefferson, he lived a long life and wrote bales and bales of letters on every subject under the sun.

And his opinions evolved over time. So you can find Jefferson quotes to support just about any position you can come up with.

Quoting Jefferson to make a point is as bad as quoting out of context bible verses.


8 posted on 07/04/2012 11:00:14 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Sherman Logan
How about the conquest of Canaan?

You can search both Testaments, but I think you'll have a really tough time finding any support for the notion that "the people" have a right to revolution.

9 posted on 07/04/2012 11:01:57 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Steelfish

True. But according to the NT what was “due to Caesar” was all political authority. Which pretty much ruled out revolutions.


10 posted on 07/04/2012 11:16:16 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

If I were God, I would have done one thing differently. Only those who have surrendered their lives to Christ as their Savior and Lord would live in the joy and freedom of being born again. People like this atheist outfit, who deny God and badmouth Christian principles, would be subject to the same judgments which existed in the days of Israel in the Wilderness.......when that bunch badmouthed Moses and Aaron and Miriam and the ground opened up and swallowed the rebel leaders as well as their families in a matter of a few seconds. It would surely be transformational how something like that would jerk the slack out of these blotches on the face of humanity that somehow get to exert so much unjustified influence today.


11 posted on 07/04/2012 11:18:04 AM PDT by Tucker39 ( Psa 68:19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: DManA

The conquest of Canaan was exactly that, invasion and extermination of one people by another.

It was not a revolt of the people against their duly constituted authorities.


12 posted on 07/04/2012 11:18:50 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan
"He (Jefferson) even edited the Bible to take out all references to Christ as God (not that there are all that many of those), to the Virgin Birth, and to the performance of miracles."

Edited for the education of whom?

13 posted on 07/04/2012 11:28:58 AM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: Sherman Logan
That is one interpretation. There are others:

What Scholars Propose

For the original population, as distinct from today's Jewish population (see above): Currently biblical scholars recognize three possible scenarios explaining Israel's rise to power in Canaan:

1. the Conquest theory: that Israelites came in from the outside and conquered the land;

2. the Peaceful Settlement theory: in which it is argued that Israelites entered gradually, settling in the sparsely populated areas of the central highlands; and

3. the Peasant Revolt or Social Revolution theory: that Canaanites rose up against their overlords. see link The Problem of Israel's Origin

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Where_did_the_Jewish_people_originate Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Where_did_the_Jewish_people_originate#ixzz1zgCyj8xm

14 posted on 07/04/2012 11:30:50 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

You are of course welcome to believer any of these theories.

However, the Bible is quite clear on what it says happened.


15 posted on 07/04/2012 11:39:29 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

At least one of the natives joined Jews in the battle against the corrupt Kings. Rahab the harlot.

It is not unbiblical to conjecture that other natives did as well.


16 posted on 07/04/2012 11:53:06 AM PDT by DManA
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them . . . We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness . . .

Clearly an Atheist document.

17 posted on 07/04/2012 12:16:34 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Sherman Logan
I read somewhere that the "Jefferson bible" was where he cut out all the things Jesus said, pasting them into a blank book, to make a compact book out of it.

In fact, from the very site you posted is this in the introduction:

Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter to William Canby, "Of all the systems of morality, ancient or modern, which have come under my observation, none appear to me so pure as that of Jesus." He described his own compilation to Charles Thomson as "a paradigma of his doctrines, made by cutting the texts out of the book and arranging them on the pages of a blank book, in a certain order of time or subject. A more beautiful or precious morsel of ethics I have never seen." He told John Adams that he was rescuing the Philosophy of Jesus and the "pure principles which he taught," from the "artificial vestments in which they have been muffled by priests, who have travestied them into various forms as instruments of riches and power for themselves." After having selected from the evangelists "the very words only of Jesus," he believed "there will be found remaining the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man."

Jesus himself ha something to say about priests (and scribes, the religious lawyers of the day) and what they were doing:
“Tell me,” replied Jesus, “why do you break God’s commandment through your tradition? For God said, ‘Honour your father and your mother’, and ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death’. But you say that if a man tells his parents, ‘Whatever use I might have been to you is now given to God’, then he owes no further duty to his parents. And so your tradition empties the commandment of God of all its meaning. You hypocrites! Isaiah describes you beautifully when he said: ‘These people draw near to me with their mouth, and honour me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. And in vain they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men’.”(Mat 15:3-9)

18 posted on 07/04/2012 12:43:09 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: DManA
Also the Gibeonites.

Unfortunately, if you take the Bible's word literally, with very few exceptions the Canaanite natives weren't allowed to switch sides. They were to be exterminated or expelled.

This contrasts dramatically with the account of the exodus from Egypt, in which a "vast mixed company" leaves Egypt with the Israelites. 40 years later there is no mention of a mixed company when they enter Canaan, with the obvious implication that they were assimilated.

19 posted on 07/04/2012 12:58:58 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: DManA

Was Caleb an Israelite? At Numbers 32.12 he is called a Kenezite. Elsewhere he is treated as belonging to the tribe of Judah. Heber the Kenite (Judges 4.11 and 5.24) also seems to be a non-Israelite.


20 posted on 07/04/2012 1:30:36 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
You can't be both an atheist and a deist any more that you can be an atheist and a Buddhist. (although I've met atheists who claimed to be a Buddhist as well)
21 posted on 07/04/2012 1:52:30 PM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
many underinformed Americans are starting to believe them.

Perhaps the real problem is that there are too many under informed Americans. I assume under informed is a political correct expression for the word idiot.

A person need not remain uninformed, misinformed, or under informed. The correct, factual, and accurate, information can dispel all manner of ignorance and that person is no longer an idiot.

Why does the progressive movement need ignorant supporters?

That’s not difficult to answer when you consider the progressives’ objective is a socialist America. Their agenda to achieve their objective requires discrediting America’s history, America’s founders, and America’s founding documents. The reason is to instill the perception in some American minds that their government, not their creator granted their rights. Who, but America’s idiots, or under informed could be influenced to adopt this position?

Our founders and our founding documents clearly acknowledge that their creator endowed Americans with rights.

Once the ignorant become the majority the rule of law ceases and rule by the majority prevails. Majority rule is a Democracy. When the majority demands favors from the Treasury in exchange for their votes the next rapid step is a socialist America

For the record, I oppose Democracy for America for the same reason I oppose a Socialist American; neither are befitting a free America.

22 posted on 07/04/2012 3:04:01 PM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, Trust few, and always paddle your own canoe)
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