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Judeo-Christian Root of American Government Foundation

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The Judeo-Christian Roots and Bible Pararells of USA’s Government and Political Obligations

Reliance on the Providence of God
Declaration of Independence

“We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America… declare that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” (Additional reference: Christianity and the Constitution)

Biblical Parallel: In righteousness, you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you. If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you. (Isaiah 54:14-15)

God’s laws, the basis of good human laws
John Adams, 1756


“Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God …” John Adams, 1756.

Biblical Parallel: The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. (Psalms 19:7-8)

Religion and Morality form the basis of Liberty
John Adams 1798

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams (Federer, p. 10)

Biblical Parallel: …‘You have not obeyed Me in proclaiming release each man to his brother and each man to his neighbor. Behold, I am proclaiming a release to you,’ declares the Lord, ‘to the sword, to the pestilence and the famine; and I will make you a terror to all the kingdoms of the earth. (Jeremiah 34:17)

The Equality of Man
US Constitution

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” Declaration of Independence “No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States” U.S. Constitution, Art. I, Sec. 9, Paragraph 8)

Biblical Parallel: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)

God-Given Human Rights
Declaration of Independence

“… that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” (Declaration of Independence)

Biblical Parallel: God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:27-28)

Sanctity of Contract
US Constitution

“No state shall pass any law impairing the obligation of contracts.” (U.S Constitution, Art. I, Section 10, Paragraph 1)

Biblical Parallel: If a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to bind himself with a binding obligation, he shall not violate his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth. (Numbers 30:2)

Two Witnesses
US Constitution

“No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or confession in open court.” (U.S Constitution, Art. III, Section 3, Paragraph 1)

Biblical Parallel: On the evidence of two witnesses or three witnesses, he who is to die shall be put to death; he shall not be put to death on the evidence of one witness. (Deuteronomy 17:6)

No Corruption of Blood
US Constitution

“… but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted.” (U.S Constitution, Art. III, Section 3, Paragraph 2)

Biblical Parallel: “No one shall take a handmill or an upper millstone in pledge, for he would be taking a life in pledge. (Sundry law, Deuteronomy 24: 6)

Sabbath Day Exemption
US Constitution

“If any bill shall not be returned by the President within ten days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the same shall be a law, in like manner as if he had signed it.” (U.S Constitution, Art. I, Section 7, Paragraph 2)

Biblical Parallel: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it, you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. (Exodus 20:8-10)

Separation of Church and State
First Amendment

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. (First Amendment, U.S. Constitution)

Biblical Parallel: And He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Luke 20:25)

Teaching the Law of Liberty to Next Generation
Abraham Lincoln, 1838

“Let [the Constitution] be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges, let it be written in primers, in spelling books, and almanacs, let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation.” (Abraham Lincoln, 1838)

Biblical Parallel: Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. (Romans 13)

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