June 27, 2015

Hell, Heaven, and Us: The Four Dimension Thesis

The location and attributes of hell and heaven are described in my book “Summa 21”. The basic premise is that we live in a bi-polar Cosmos, where for every fundamental construct of reality, there is an opposite and complimentary construct of reality. Hence, if there is a physical universe, then there must be a not-physical universe. Our known universe, the one we can detect with our five senses and with the occasional help of specialized machines/devices, is one pole of our bipolar order. The other pole is the not-physical universe, which we have chosen to describe as the Spiritual Universe and the location of heaven. Given the reality of human suffering, it would appear our physical universe provides the location for Hell.

There are, of course, other philosophical constructs to describe the relationship of humanity (us), with hell and heaven. One of the more interesting is the four dimension thesis which has provided the basis of Christian theological dissertation for several centuries. A 21st century version of this thesis postulates the reality of our small part of the Cosmos includes four dimensions:

The material reality of our perceived physical universe exists within a single tangible dimension. Here we find the stuff of matter, energy and mass. The human soul exists within the structure of a physical body. Our physical senses (touch, vision, hearing, smelling, and taste) create a conscious awareness of this universe. Although this dimension exists throughout the Cosmos, we are only aware of its physical components.

There is a bi-polar opposite dimension of a not-physical universe (at least in the conventional sense) within which the components of reality exist as energy. The human soul resides within the structure of an astral form that replicates the energy of a human body, but not its matter. This dimension has often been referred to as purgatory, a place where we gradually become familiar with the accumulated wisdom of the Cosmos. The consciousness and awareness of people who are near death, or have a near death experience, may drift back and forth between the physical and not-physical dimension. Within this dimension we are able to reconnect with deceased life forms we have loved in the physical dimension. According to tradition, when we die most of us will spend some time in the not-physical dimension before going to heaven. The not-physical universe surrounds us and is everywhere in the Cosmos.

Heaven exists within a separate dimension of time and space. Here we find God, angels, and those who have learned, adopted and practice the wisdom of the Cosmos (the wisdom of the Holy Spirit). From Summa 21: “Heaven is good, desirable, joyful, pleasant, peaceful, and beautiful. In Heaven one may find love, companionship, friendship, wisdom, and truth. ...In Heaven there is plenty. ...In Heaven one has (the feeling of) good health.” When we speak of going to Heaven we are contemplating the transformation of our energy – our Life Force - from one dimension to another. Those who are worthy transform into the spiritual self that will live in Heaven. In simple terms, we become angels. We connect with the consciousness and awareness that is the Holy Spirit. We are aware of God’s divine unity. We are able to find and communicate with those who have also ascended into heaven. It becomes possible to observe, and - if God allows – to communicate with those we have loved in our prior life. The dimension within which God exists surrounds our being and is everywhere in the Cosmos. God and his angels encourage us to be good. If we experience the presence of God or an angel, we are connecting with this dimension.

The bi-polar opposite of heaven is hell. From Summa 21: Hell is bad, repellent, depressing, repulsive, painful, and hideous. In Hell one will experience hate, hostility, animosity, ignorance, and deception. In Hell there is hunger. In Hell one must deal with the experience of debilitating disease and painful injury. If there is a God who exists in heaven, then in our bi-polar Cosmos there is a Satan who watches over hell. If we are vile, inhuman, greedy, or arrogant; if we ignore the existence of the Holy Unity or ignore His commandments: or if we are vicious in the murder of other humans, then we may transform into a being who must exist, and experience, the ravages of hell. In simple terms, these souls are condemned to be unhappy ghosts and they will remain in hell until they repent. When we become the victims of evil, misfortune, illness, or pain in the physical universe, Satan and his ghosts (or demons, if you prefer) are at work. Satan and his helpers encourage us to be evil. It is likely; however, most souls desire to escape from hell and will eventually find their way into the not-physical dimension (purgatory) in order to acquire the wisdom to enter heaven.

From my point of view, I prefer the two dimension thesis described in Summa 21. On the other hand, the four dimension thesis works just fine – especially if you are into the occult.

Ron

June 10, 2015

Why Christian Values Still Matter

Armstrong Williams | Jun 09, 2015

Town hall.com

While America was undoubtedly founded upon the bedrock of religious freedom it is equally true that the Christian faith has been probably the greatest contributor the social fabric of this country. Even as the country seems to drift away from Christian values, there are still far more people in Church on Sunday than at the football stadium. Despite the fact that gay marriage and out of wedlock births have become more prevalent, the overwhelming majority of Americans continue to celebrate the Christian holidays. In fact the reason why many homosexuals seem to have fought for the right to marry is not because they merely want the same social benefits and legal rights as heterosexual married couples, but they also crave the spiritual and community benefits bestowed upon marriage by the Christian faith.

The debate over whether one can be both a practicing homosexual and a devout Christian has been waged from the pulpits and in the media very intensely over the years. Many Christian see such practices as homosexuality, abortion and sex outside of marriage as sinful and something that Christian values militate against. Many homosexuals in the Church feel that God loves sinners, for who is without sin at all? At the end of the day Christian values still matter because even those among us who are not Christian rely upon the Christian values among the rest of us. They rely upon Christian kindness, patience, charity and chastity – for it is those values that create spaces, whether in soup kitchens, homes for the sick and elderly, or safe places of refuge for everyone.

In fact Christian values act as a sort of spiritual inoculation for the country. Like Vaccines, values prevent the spread of harm, both physically and spiritually. The value which upholds the sanctity of life protects against murder, mayhem, and physical abuse of people at the hands of their neighbors. The value which upholds the sanctity of marriage preserves families and affords children the opportunity to grow up in a loving, stable, environment surrounded by parents who are committed by faith to work towards a higher spiritual union. The sanctity of marriage helps preserve bloodlines and reduces the confusion and hurt that arises when parentage becomes uncertain. The value which says one must not covet ones neighbor’s belongings, inoculates society against the ravages of jealousy, theft and enmity.

Once a sizable number of people in a society receive inoculation against a disease – say measles or polio, it reduces the overall number of people in the society who are exposed to the germs, and so even those who don’t get the vaccine benefit. It is the same with Christian values. Because so many Americans have grown up with Christian values – even those who no longer actively practice the religion –  benefits those who do not practice those values. And so people who do covet, who do steal, who do kill, nonetheless live in a society in which their actions are not immediately met with unbridled recrimination and endless blood-lust. For the most part, they too are treated justly and humanely even when they are caught and punished.

We have grown comfortable as a society with the benefits of Christian values that we don’t really know any other alternative. We have not lived in a society in which the strongest rule by might. We have not experienced a society in which someone in power can take another person’s wife or daughter and have his way with her. We are in a sense inoculated against social harms – not just by the letter and power of the law – but because for the most part our neighbors are good and decent Christians.

But these days there are a growing number of people who are opting out of getting basic vaccines for their children – the anti-vaxxers as they are known. They may look around and say ‘hey – no one I know has ever caught tetanus or polio. Why should I even bother with getting my child vaccinated?’ And then from there, egged on by their friends, they make all kinds of specious arguments about whether vaccines needlessly overload the immune system of children and make them susceptible to other conditions like autism. Despite the fact that the science is clear – vaccines have clearly eradicated many diseases which used to kill millions of Americans each year, and there is absolutely no known scientific correlation between increase in vaccine usage and the increase in autism – some people buy into this nonsense and refuse to vaccinate their children.

It is the same with Christian values. People who wake up in the morning and say, ‘Well, I’m a nice person who obeys the law and pays my taxes, why should I care about those Christian values?’ The fact of the matter is that those values were implemented long ago in a society in ancient Egypt which it was commonplace for people to steal and deceive and do violence against one another. The problem was especially prevalent among the more politically powerful, those who thought they were immune to legal justice. But then the society just got so corrupt that God ultimately destroyed it – or rather it destroyed itself because of inbreeding and corruption.

Even as the Christian religion comes under attack in the secular media and as Christians in many cases are ridiculed as backwards or ignorant, it is Christian values that form the thread that holds the social fabric together. And even those who would deny its truth cannot help but benefit from its protections.

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Armstrong Williams is a widely-syndicated columnist, CEO of the Graham Williams Group, and hosts the Armstrong Williams Show. He is the author of Reawakening Virtues.

June 07, 2015

The God Particle

Quantum mechanics deals with physical systems at the submicroscopic scale. This is the realm of molecules, atoms, electrons, protons, and so on. In comparison with the physical universe we can observe, where the workings of physics may seem stable and predictable, activity within these very small systems exhibit a dual wave and particle like behavior. The behavior of matter and energy is less certain. We speak of actions and reactions in terms of probabilities, rather than certainties. Yet despite the seeming indeterminate characteristics of a quantum observation, it is here we find the foundation of physics, chemistry, and biology.

Scientific investigation and theory has led us to compounds, elements, molecules, atoms, and all the trappings of the very small (leptons and quarks). Science has thus far identified 12 different matter particles: six quarks with protons and neutrons, and six leptons which are associated with electrons and the electron neutrino. It appears leptons and quarks are indivisible. Science has also identified four forces: gravity, electromagnetic, strong and weak. Put all of these things together, and you have the stuff of our universe: - Or maybe not.

 Our pursuit to discover the building blocks of our perceived universe has now brought us to the excitement of the final (?) piece of the puzzle – the Higgs Boson. Science wants to know: what gives matter its mass? It is currently believed each one of those four fundamental forces has a corresponding carrier particle, or boson, that acts upon matter. If there is a Higgs Field of bosons throughout our universe, then each of the twelve particles would act in a different way as it passes through this field. In order for a Higgs Field to affect other particles it would need a carrier particle to affect other particles. That elusive particle is known as the Higgs Boson. Through this interaction, the Higgs boson is responsible for all of the properties of mass in our universe.

Our quest assumes it has properties that can be described by conventional and theoretical scientific terminology. Perhaps it can. But:

  1. What if it is not a particle?
  2. What if it only exists as a form of energy in sufficient mass to be detected for a Pico-moment?
  3. What if it behaves like a particle but also has a wave nature?
  4. What if it partially/usually/momentarily exists in a dimension we cannot detect?
  5. What if this glue/element/energy/wave is really an undiscovered force?
  6. What is the relationship between the Higgs boson and that force we define as universal consciousness?

It would appear our search for quantum reality is interdependent with scientific speculation. As we discover the mysteries of reality, we become aware that energy, matter and mass may exist in forms we are unable to detect with our limited physical senses and tools.

The Higgs has been called the God particle because it is the stuff of creation. Without it, our universe would not exist.

Ron

June 06, 2015

Clinton Foundation: If There is Smoke, Is there also Fire?

Questions have been raised about Hillary and Bill Clinton’s financial activities. Since the Democrats have, thus far, refused to allow any substantive investigation into allegations of misconduct, we do not know if these questions are true, partially true, or false. These allegations include possible foreign government collusion, international influence peddling, unreported income, misuse of a shell corporation, and so on – all while Hillary was Secretary of State. It has also been alleged these activities were going on long before the Clinton’s left the White House, and may continue on even today. The issue is: did they break any laws?

It is very disappointing the Democrats would run anyone for President who has this much potentially illegal baggage. Is this really the best America’s Democrats can do? As a manner of honor, shouldn’t these questions be cleared up before selecting a Presidential candidate? Is the Democratic Party so thoroughly corrupt, it just does not care?

On the other hand, let us not let the Republicans off the hook. Of the many presidential candidates, how many can pass the morality test? How will we find out? Since primary activities frequently degrade into mere mud-slinging war, it will be difficult to separate what is important from what is not.

Let us keep it simple. We should be looking for presidential candidates who have demonstrated their commitment to Christian values through word and deed.

Ron

May 22, 2015

Unholy Alliance: The Church and the Welfare State

by     Joy Overbeck
5/22/2015 12:01:00 AM
The 120 faith leaders attending the recent Georgetown University "Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty" submitted meekly to the guilt trip laid on them by President Obama as he flogged the church dignitaries to energetically support more government aid to the poor. They seem oblivious to the stark conflict between the Obama vision for humanity’s dependence on the all-almighty state and the diametrically opposed Christian vision of humanity’s dependence on all-mighty God. His stealth mission is to change the culture by replacing centuries-old Christian charity, which is accountable and faith-based, with government gimmees that create a dependent class dependably voting forever for their Santa Claus.

Holy reality, church dignitaries: Obama doesn’t like you. You are his competition. In an America founded on Christian principles, he is wrestling you for dominance as the culture’s arbiter of morality, and you don’t even get it. He is bent on using the sacred Eucharist of “social justice” to trump your musty old-time religion. And he’s winning.

That’s why he bashes Christianity for taking back the lands the terrorist Muslims captured by bloody force nearly 1000 years ago, and equates the Crusaders with the jihadists who torch and behead human beings all over the world in 2015. That’s why his “Justice Department” prosecutes the Little Sisters of the Poor for refusing their employees abortion-causing drugs, instead of giving these humble nuns the Presidential Medal of Freedom for aiding the destitute elderly for over 100 years. The commander in chief is why military chaplains are reportedly being required to marry same-sex couples and forbidden to pray “in Jesus’ name.”

Obama’s scolding is unfair too: Christians through the ages have answered Jesus’s compassion call. Christians decades ago founded most of the organizations doing the charitable heavy lifting to aid the sick and needy in America and around the world, groups like the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, Compassion International, World Vision, and Catholic Charities to name a few.

Mr. Obama perverts the very character and basis of Christian generosity. Certainly Jesus stressed caring for the destitute, but he didn’t mean we should indefinitely support the able-bodied who can work but who’d really rather not, thank you, when government checks and subsidized housing stand ready to take care of the basics. While Jesus often reminded his followers to give to poor “widows and orphans,” which were the largest impoverished class in an era when virtually all men worked, he never said, “give your money to the government so they can give it to the poor.”

The same Bible that Obama is so fond of quoting when he’s stumping for welfare is fiercely pro-work. Jesus’ main man, the apostle Paul, put it bluntly: “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.” II Thess.3:10-12.

In work, there’s the joy of achievement, one of the great satisfactions of our earthly lives as God-created human beings. God knows that joy is part of his plan for us. That’s why he gave us each individual talents and unique potentials. Accomplishing something adds meaning to our lives, whereas lying on the couch playing video games, waiting for the government check – not so much. 

Of course, all of us agree that for those who can’t earn their own living due to illness or disability, the safety net should be available. That’s what it’s for. Traditionally, the church and neighbor helping neighbor stepped in to help. They knew who needed help, what kind of help, and for how long. 

When help is local it’s kept honest but when it’s doled out by a huge, distant bureaucracy it gets out of control and corrupts as has America’s welfare system. Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared his “War on Poverty” the poverty rate has shifted little from the 14% it is today, even though government spends 16 times more, adjusting for inflation, on anti-poverty programs than it did when the War on Poverty started.

And does anyone really believe that in the richest nation on earth, with unemployment under 6%, fully half of our citizens are so needy they require some form of government assistance? When the welfare system rewards single moms with bigger checks the more kids they have, and reduces payments if there’s a man in the home, is it any surprise when children are fatherless? 

Food stamp assistance has risen 70% on Obama’s watch, partly because states are rewarded for more sign-ups, partly because Obama diluted the welfare-to-work rules of the Clinton/Republican welfare reform legislation, and partly because of creative taxpayer-funded advertising campaigns that have attracted so many more users that they now actually number nearly 48 million of our 300 plus million citizens. Obama also changed the rules so people with higher incomes can get food stamps, assuring more permanent Democratic voters in what was once the middle class.

Census records reveal that today’s “poor” show little resemblance to the woebegone Dickensian dummy the liberals drag out whenever there is talk of trimming welfare. Forty-two percent of “poor” households actually own a (typically three-bedroom, 1 ½ bath) home, and in fact the average American classified as “poor” by the U.S. government has more living space than the average citizen living in Sweden, France, Germany, or the United Kingdom. That’s the average citizen, not those deemed “poor.”

Nearly three-quarters of America’s poor have a car or truck and 31 percent have two or more. More than half of poor families with kids have a video game system such as an Xbox or PlayStation; forty percent have a wide-screen plasma or LCD TV. Obama laments what happened to the middle class? Many have a very comfortable lifestyle being “poor.” 

Meanwhile, organizations such as World Vision and Catholic Charities take grants from the government and use the money for charitable outreach. Sounds great. But with the handouts come subservience to government rules that often clash with Christian religious values. Kids are the losers when Catholic Charities shut down their adoption services rather than let same-sex partners adopt as the government demands. “Anti-discrimination” rules pressure Christian charities to hire employees hostile to their religious principles. If they take government money, Christians operating services such as soup kitchens are admonished not to “prostelize.” The administration didn’t renew a contract with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to provide services for human trafficking victims because the group wouldn’t provide referrals for contraception and abortion to sexual assault victims. 

Christian leaders must face that this clash between religious freedom and big government isn’t going to end. It will just become more incendiary if the Supreme Court forces same-sex marriage on the nation and the government can reinforce its claim on the church’s moral turf. 

Barack Obama sees Christianity as merely an agent for his “social justice,” another term for “wealth redistribution.” But what big-government enthusiasts like Obama call compassion -- taking from those who earn it, and giving to those who want it -- is known in the Bible as stealing. Of the Ten Commandments, two forbid taking the fruit of anyone else’s labor; No. 8: Thou shall not steal, and No. 10; You shall not covet…anything that is your neighbor’s.” Maybe the next summit could include some Bible readings.
 

April 26, 2015

Virgin Birth: God Has The Power

If the birth story in Matthew does not satisfy the Jewish Messiah (mashiach) prophecies found in the Old Testament, do Christians have to abandon the idea Jesus was the Messiah?

We do not. When we describe the character of Jesus, his life, his message, and his ministry, we are in fact describing a Christian Messiah. God prepared him for a mission. God gave Jesus a message. Jesus was instructed to bring that message to all humanity. Jesus carried out his assignment with a mixture of love, passion, intelligence, and dedication that has never been equaled.

In carrying out God’s mission,
Jesus defines the role of a Christian Messiah.

What about the idea of a virgin birth? Is it possible God created the fetus?

It is entirely possible. Let us look at this event from God’s point of view. We can start with two simple questions: What did God want to accomplish, and how could he guarantee the outcome?

God obviously wanted his message to have a maximum impact on human theology and behavior. God needed a way to deliver a very clear message that would have lasting value. The best way to have a lasting impact on human philosophy is to frame the message with a person who could not only preach with conviction and credibility; his representative must also be a living example of his teaching.

God had two choices: he could create his messenger (through a virgin birth), or he could influence the life of a person who would become his messenger (by adoption). Either way works, and in both cases God would have a very close spiritual relationship with the person who became his messenger.

God certainly has the power to create a perfect fetus (or zygote), and it would not be difficult for him to place it in Mary’s womb. In so doing, God can guarantee baby Jesus would be predisposed to have good health, strong intellectual capability, and emotional composure. He could even include the DNA to link Jesus with King David!

By creating the fetus (or zygote), God would also be able to make baby Jesus divine. Remember our discussion of core consciousness? These processes are faster and more efficient than active conscious activity because they apparently occur within the neuron (rather than between cells). That suggests we may have a profound spiritual connection with the conscious energy of the universe at this level of consciousness. If so, it is the link to our most powerful sense of the beautiful, the majestic, and the noble. It is on this level the adult Jesus would be able to connect with God, and -

Jesus is divine
because he has the God given power
to make this deeply spiritual connection.

Given the cultural environment within which Mary and Joseph lived, they would have been thrilled when the angel told them they would be the parents of a baby created by God. They would have joyfully accepted their responsibility. The basic structure of the virgin birth story remains intact.

TCE

April 25, 2015

Europe: Christian Influence is Declining

The Pew Research Center has determined, through interviews and a projection of current trends, the number of European citizens * who identify themselves as Christian will drop from 75.4 percent of the population in 2010 to 67.4 percent in 2050.  The absolute number of Christians will decrease from 513,390,000 in 2010 to 422,940,000 in 2050. The number of Muslims will increase from 6.0 to 10.1 percent of the population, and the number of “non-religious” citizens will increase from 18.0 to 21.6 percent of the population.

TCE

*Data excludes the United Kingdom, but includes Russia

April 19, 2015

United States: Christian Influence is Declining

The Pew Research Center has determined, through interviews and a projection of current trends, the number of U. S. citizens who identify themselves as Christian will drop from 78.3 percent of the population in 2010 to 66.4 percent in 2050.  The absolute number of Christians will increase from 243,060,000 in 2010 to 261,960,000 in 2050. The number of Muslims will increase from .89 to 2.1 percent of the population, and the number of “non-religious” citizens will increase from 16.4 to 25.6 percent of the population. During this time the number of Americans who identify with a folk religion will increase by 229%, but will account for only .52 percent of the population in 2050.

TCE
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April 17, 2015

United Kingdom: Christianity is Declining

The Pew Research Center has determined, through interviews and a projection of current trends, the number of U.K. citizens who identify themselves as Christian will drop from 64.3 percent of the population in 2010 to 45.4 percent in 2050.  The number of Muslims will increase from 4.8 to 11.3 percent of the population, and the number of “non-religious” citizens will increase from 27.8 to 38.9 percent of the population.

TCE
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April 12, 2015

Separation of Church and State: The Freedom to Believe

The Constitution was intended to be an inclusive document. We were a loose collection of colonies struggling to establish a national unity while retaining a local identity. The framers did not wish to eliminate the participation of any group based on their religious affiliation.

Although most of the Framers were Christians, they believed that individual Americans should have the right to characterize "God" according to their adopted system of religious beliefs. They were painfully aware of the political disasters that had occurred in Europe and the Mediterranean area when zealous piety was combined with secular power. The quest for religious freedom had been a primary stimulus for America's growth and they were determined that to avoid any loss of this precious right. The First Amendment to the Constitution, ratified on December 15, 1791, makes this very clear:  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”.

The framer's institutional neutrality has been confirmed in many ways. One of the more interesting was the Treaty of Tripoli in 1797. In this document,  the United States assured the  government of Tripoli it would not seek to impose the religious opinions of Christianity on any Muslim nation:    

" ARTICLE 11. As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion,-as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen,-and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries."  

 This Treaty was drafted by the Administration of George Washington, passed unanimously by the Senate, and signed into law by John Adams. The religious neutrality of the United States was again expressed in a subsequent Treaty of Tripoli in 1806:

"ARTICLE XIV. AS the government of the United States of America has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility of Mussulmen, …. it is declared by the contracting parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two nations. And the consuls and agents of both nations respectively shall have liberty to exercise his religion in his own house. …. "  

In other words, the U. S. had no intention of conducting a religious war against the Muslims of Tripoli.

These two treaties give us an example of the religious neutrality of the United States, are evidence the government of the United States had no established religion, and show that religion or religious opinion were not to be considered as a basis for interrupting the harmony of International affairs. However, these treaties also support the concept that in United States  religious conviction was - in fact - a customary practice.

The Framers believed that Catholics, Lutherans, Jews, Pilgrims, Anglicans, Baptists, Muslims, Hindus or any other group with its own system of religious beliefs could have its own unique characterization of "God".  Furthermore, "God" could also be called Yahweh, Jehovah, Lord, Allah, divine Providence, the way, Nature's God, supreme truth or - in a modern philosophical context - "the Force". 

There is a clear difference, however, between a recognition of a religious entity and the practice of the spiritual beliefs. As a practical matter, the framers of our Constitution would generally use the term "religion" when they were referring to a specific organized human institution that practiced a specific system of religious beliefs.  They did not, however, envision that freedom of religion would be equated with freedom from religion.  In the cultural environment within which our Constitution was created, it was assumed that all good men, women and children practiced some form of religion and believed in a spiritual Divinity - "God" - however defined by one's conscience.

This cultural framework appears in the references made to God in the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.  In part, it reads:

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 -- ….

WE, therefore, the Representatives of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in GENERAL CONGRESS, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection between them and the State of Great-Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which INDEPENDENT STATES may of right do. 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.

Our Founding Fathers left us an abundance of quotes that reflect their Christian convictions.  It was assumed there is a divine Providence to which America would entrust its fortunes.  Thus, although they were careful to separate the influence of organized Religious institutions from the affairs of state, they never-the-less firmly believed all human activity – including government – was conducted under the watchful eye of our creator. 

Hence the term: “In God We Trust”.   That is also why you will find the “all seeing eye of god” on a one dollar bill.


Ron