I am very interested in American History, especially our founders. I hope to show how the Bible influenced their Philosophy and writings.
The Declaration of Independence and the Bible
In Congress, July 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, 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, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, ...
(copied from archive.gov/founding docs)
This is the introduction to the Declaration of Independence for the United States of America. They believed in God and that He gave us our Rights, not Government. We have the right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. This is why Governments are create, to protect these rights, not violate them.
In Thomas Jefferson's original draft of the Declaration of Independence, he included a condemnation of King George III for introducing the slave trade in the Colonies. It was removed to protect the fragile coalition of the Colonies that were trying to form the United States.
89 years after the signing of the Declaration, slavery finally came to an end in this Country. It was Christians in this country that led the movement to end slavery in this country. There were other contributing factors, including the beginning of the industrial age. The rise of machinery, like the tractor and other farm implements, were making the need for so many workers unnecessary, which was causing many slave owners to rethink slavery.
It was not, as many historians proclaim, President Abraham Lincolns Emancipation Proclamation that ended Slavery, but Ratification of the 13th Amendment, that ended slavery. Christians in every State, including those in the South had been pushing for an end to Slavery in the United States.
The fact is, if not for Christianity and the Bible, this country would not have been founded. Our ideas concerning all men being created equal, and endowed with unalienable rights, comes from Christianity and the Bible. Unfortunately, over the last several decades this country has undergone a fundamental shift in its core morals and values, and now we are experiencing the consequences. The further we turn from what is right in God's eyes to what is right in our own eyes, the more we accept moral relativism, and dismiss moral absolutes, the worse it's going to get.
Exodus 20:13 You shall not murder.(NIV)
Moral relativism tells us; if shooting up a school will make me feel better. why not do it. If I want to slice some ones throat, I will.
12“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. But the Apostle Paul tells parents in the New Testament not to drive their children to rebellion.
Moral relativism tells us we can ignore our parents and do whatever we want. As long as it makes us feel good.
Are you beginning to see the correlation.