Thursday, August 7, 2014

Congressman Passes out Bible to Colleagues; Hopes it Guides Policy.

Recently, U.S. Congressman Steven Palazzo provided his colleagues a Bible attached was the following note:
"On a daily basis, we contemplate policy decisions that impact America's future," Palazzo wrote on official House stationery bearing his name. "Our staffs provide us with policy memos, statistics, and recommendations that help us make informed decisions. However, I find that the best advice comes through meditating on God's Word."
The Republican of Mississippi has sent every member of Congress -- in the House and the Senate -- a King James Bible, generously paid for by one of his own constituents.(1).""

"The 1796 Treaty with Tripoli states that the United States was "not in any sense founded on the Christian religion. This was not an idle statement meant to satisfy muslims-- they believed it and meant it. This treaty was written under the presidency of George Washington and signed under the presidency of John Adams.(3)."

I am a Christian and believe in [110%] the Bible, but the Bible isn't to govern a free democratic society. If the Bible isn't governing your own heart, how on earth is it to govern decisions within the government? The principle rule of law, and the Christian faith of men should spiritually guide men. But, we cannot force Christianity or any other religion for that matter, on a free society. I understand, in part, his thinking, but we must remember this is the same party that votes against anything relating to the well-being and social advancement of the people they represent. So, obviously the Bible isn't guiding his decision making, sometimes people use the Bible out of a sense of piety, they use the Bible to force their interpretation of the scripture onto the rest of society. That's not Christianity that's the implementation of a Christian Caliphate. Although I have no issues with a theocracy, we cannot expect to be respected and to win souls for Christ with the mind-set that we are right, and you are wrong. We do not need arrogance. We need God's word within our hearts, not on the tip of our tongue without any understanding or wisdom as to what the scriptures mean.

Should our Christian faith guide us, again, of course, but we cannot implement a theocracy within a free country. Because I don't want anyone imposing their beliefs on me, and I want the freedom to serve God the way I see fit, I cannot support the implementation of such actions.

What people are trying to do is rewrite history, they want you to believe America, the founders were Christians that isn't true.  Of course, this will not stop Conservative historians from pushing a false narrative about the 'founding fathers' and their true religious convictions. I, like you learned the 'founders' were nice Christian men. I, like you, was lied to. Most of the early founders fancied themselves freemason, upon which the 'enlightenment' movement birthed. Now, sometimes thinks of Jesus as a moral "good" man, and they even quoted from the Bible. But, Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, for example, denied the deity of Jesus Christ.

"One of the many attacks on our country from the Religious Right is the claim that our country is a Christian Nation...not just that the majority of people are Christians, but that the country itself was founded by Christians, for Christians. However, a little research into American history will show that this statement is a lie. Those people who spread this lie are known as Christian Revisionists. They are attempting to rewrite history, in much the same way as holocaust deniers are. The men responsible for building the foundation of the United States were men of The Enlightenment, not men of Christianity. They were Deists who did not believe the bible was true. They were Freethinkers who relied on their reason, not their faith.(3)."

"None of the Founding Fathers were atheists. Most of the Founders were Deists, which is to say they thought the universe had a creator, but that he does not concern himself with the daily lives of humans, and does not directly communicate with humans, either by revelation or by sacred books. They spoke often of God, (Nature's God or the God of Nature), but this was not the God of the bible. They did not deny that there was a person called Jesus, and praised him for his benevolent teachings, but they flatly denied his divinity. Some people speculate that if Charles Darwin had lived a century earlier, the Founding Fathers would have had a basis for accepting naturalistic origins of life, and they would have been atheists.  We'll never know; but by reading their own writings, it's clear that most of them were opposed to the bible, and the teachings of Christianity in particular.(3)."

The following are the seven most spoken of 'founding fathers.'
John Adams
Benjamin Franklin
Alexander Hamilton
John Jay
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
George Washington

"Of these, only John Jay can be considered an orthodox Christian. As Congress's Secretary for Foreign Affairs, he argued (unsuccessfully) for a prohibition forbidding Catholics from holding office. On October 12, 1816, Jay wrote, "Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest, of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers." It is John Jay that the modern Christians have in mind when they talk about the Founding Fathers."

If read in proper context, the Bible is the greatest book written, however some people misquote or twist the meaning of passages in the Bible to build policies based off falsehood they genuinely believe. Let the Word govern your heart, and the rest will follow. Love the Lord Jesus Christ and seek wisdom, and he will grant that wisdom.

1).GOP Whip Sends Bible To Every Member Of Congress 'To Help Guide In Decision-Making'. David Badash. (7August 2014).http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/gop_whip_sends_bible_to_every_member_of_congress_to_help_guide_in_decision_making

2).Chris Pinto.(16 May 2011).Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine Expressed their Desire to See the Gospel Destroyed. World View Times.
- See more at: http://www.worldviewweekend.com/worldview-times/article.php?articleid=7181#sthash.bb6z5PDi.dpuf

3). Our Founding Fathers Were Not Christian. Free Thought. http://freethought.mbdojo.com/foundingfathers.html

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