(2010) Revisionist History: Our Biblical Roots


This was not written by me but credited to “Mary Jones.” 

Did
you know that 52 of the 55 signers of The Declaration of Independence
were orthodox, deeply committed Christians?  The other three all
believed in the Bible as the divine truth, the God of scripture, and
His personal intervention. 

 
It
is the same Congress that formed the American Bible Society.
Immediately after creating the Declaration of Independence, the
Continental Congress voted to purchase and import 20,000 copies of
scripture for the people of this nation.
Patrick
Henry, who is called the firebrand of the American Revolution, is
still remembered for his words, ‘Give me liberty or give me death.
But in current textbooks the context of these words is deleted. Here
is what he said: 

“An appeal to arms and the God of hosts is all
that is left us. But we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a
just God that presides over the destinies of nations. The battle sir,
is not of the strong alone. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to
be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it almighty
God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me
liberty, or give me death.”

These sentences have been erased from our textbooks.


Was
Patrick Henry a Christian? The following year, 1776, he wrote this

 ‘It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great
nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on
religion, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone,
people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here.’

Consider
these words that Thomas Jefferson wrote on the front of his well-
worn Bible:

‘I am a Christian, that is to say a disciple of the
doctrines of Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole country will
soon be rallied to the unity of our Creator and, I hope, to the pure
doctrine of Jesus.’

Also, consider
these words from George Washington, the Father of our Nation, in his
farewell speech on September 19, 1796:

‘It is impossible to govern the
world without God and the Bible. Of all the dispositions and habits
that lead to political prosperity, our religion and morality are the
indispensable supporters. Let us with caution indulge the supposition
that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and
experience both forbid us to expect that our national morality can
prevail in exclusion of religious principle.’

Was
George Washington a Christian? Consider these words from his personal
prayer book:

‘Oh, eternal and everlasting God, direct my thoughts,
words and work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the lamb
and purge my heart by the Holy Spirit. Daily, frame me more and more
in the likeness of thy son, Jesus Christ, that living in thy fear,
and dying in thy favor, I may in thy appointed time obtain the
resurrection of the justified unto eternal life. Bless, O Lord, the
whole race of mankind and let the world be filled with the knowledge
of thy son, Jesus Christ.’

Consider
these words by John Adams, our second president, who also served as
chairman of the American Bible Society. In an address to military
leaders he said,

‘We have no government armed with the power capable
of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and true
religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious
people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.’

He
stated that when we select our national leaders, if we are to
preserve our Nation, we must select Christians.

 ‘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.’

He
was also the chairman of the American Bible Society, which he
considered his highest and most important role. On July 4, 1821,
President Adams said,

‘The highest glory of the American Revolution
was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of
civil government with the principles of Christianity.’

Calvin
Coolidge, our 30th President of the United States reaffirmed this
truth when he wrote,

‘The foundations of our society and our
government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would
be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease
to be practically universal in our country.’

In
1782, the United States Congress voted this resolution: 

‘The congress
of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use
in all schools.’

William
Holmes McGuffey is the author of the McGuffey Reader, which was used
for over 100 years in our public schools with over 125 million copies
sold until it was stopped in 1963. President Lincoln called him the
‘Schoolmaster of the Nation.’ Listen to these words of Mr. McGuffey:

‘The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are
derived our notions on character of God, on the great moral Governor
of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of
our free institutions. From no source has the author drawn more
conspicuously than from the sacred Scriptures. From all these
extracts from the Bible I make no apology.’

Of
the first 108 universities founded in America, 106 were distinctly
Christian, including the first University, chartered in 1636. In the
original Harvard Student Handbook rule number one was that students
seeking entrance must know Latin and Greek so that they could study
the scriptures:

‘Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly
pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to
know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life, John 17:3; and
therefore to lay Jesus Christ as the only foundation of all sound
knowledge and learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisdom, let
everyone seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seek it of him
(Proverbs 2:3).’

For over 100 years, more than 50% of all Harvard
graduates were pastors!


It
is clear from history that the Bible and the Christian faith, were
foundational in our educational and judicial system. However in 1947,
there was a radical change of direction in the Supreme Court. In
1963, the Supreme Court ruled that Bible reading was outlawed as
unconstitutional in the public school system. The court offered this
justification:

‘If portions of the New Testament were read without
explanation, they could and have been psychologically harmful to
children.’

Bible
reading was now unconstitutional, though the Bible was quoted 94
percent of the time by those who wrote our constitution and shaped
our Nation and its system of education and justice and government.


In
1965, the Courts denied as unconstitutional the rights of a student
in the public school cafeteria to bow his head and pray audibly for
his food.   In 1980, Stone vs. Graham outlawed the Ten Commandments in
our public schools. The Supreme Court said this:

‘If the posted
copies of the Ten Commandments were to have any effect at all, it
would be to induce school children to read them. And if they read
them, meditated upon them, and perhaps venerated and observed them,
this is not a permissible objective.’

Is
it not a permissible objective to allow our children to follow the
moral principles of the Ten Commandments? 

James Madison, the
primary author of the Constitution of the United States, said this:

‘We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the
power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all
our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to
govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten
Commandments.’

Most
of what you read in this article has been erased from our textbooks.
Revisionists have rewritten history to remove the truth about our
country’s Christian roots. I, Mary Jones, encourage all who read and agree with the words herein, to
share it with others, so that the truth of our nation’s history may
be told.

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