Observe this quote by Benjamin Franklin who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States:
And this quote by Thomas Jefferson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the third President of the United States:I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that "except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing governments by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.
Our fore fathers established this country on Christian morals and biblical principles. They knew that it meant something to have the favor of God with us, especially during times of war and economic upheaval. Their religious rhetoric can be felt and sensed in many of their historical documents and writings. To them religion wasn't just a set of beliefs or orthodoxy; as early as 1828 in Noah Webster's first edition of his dictionary he defined religion as a "belief in the being and perfections of God, in the revelation of his will to man, in man's obligation to obey his commands, in a state of reward and punishment, and in man's accountableness to God; and also true godliness or piety of life, with the practice of all moral duties. It therefore comprehends theology, as a system of doctrines or principles, as well as practical piety; for the practice of moral duties without a belief in a divine lawgiver, and without reference to his will or commands, is not religion." He further urged this warning, "Let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without (true) religion."The doctrines of Jesus are simple, and tend all to the happiness of mankind.I concur with the author in considering the moral precepts of Jesus as more pure, correct, and sublime than those of ancient philosophers.
It is clear that religion then, real religion, was held as the belief in the true and living God and everything else was "false" religion. Here's a dazzling comment made by John Quincy Adams, the Sixth President of the United States, on the immoral dangers of not adhering to "true" religion:
Let me point out that the first doctrine of belief that forms the foundation of morality is the existence of God. Why do you think Atheism and Agnosticism has increased? Simply because in order to justify an immoral lifestyle one must do away with a Moral God that's going to hold them accountable for their actions! More than ever now, we see the attack from the influence of the enemy against this nation, trying to rip away God from the human conscious. Laws that were put in place from our Constitution seem, by those who enforce them, contradictory and untoward. I don't mean any offense by this, I believe that people has a right to choose whatever lifestyle they want to believe in, I rather, that you choose life that can only be found in Jesus Christ, but that is your choice, but how is it that women of Muslim faith can board planes without showing valid facial identification simply because its an offense to their Islamic faith but non-Christians can succeed in removing prayer from schools and the Ten Commandments from courthouses? How is that we, Christians, in a "Christian" nation can't teach the doctrines of Intelligent Design but Evolution and the Homosexual Agenda can be purported throughout our schools? This is more than just left extremists making horrible decisions, this is an attack against our Christian heritage and its time to pray, speak up, and read up on these issues so that we can fight the good fight of faith and lay hold on eternal life. I understand what the Constitution says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;" I understand that government cannot force any particular religion on people, but what about my religion? I'm offended too! I'm offended too when due to "freedom of speech" homosexuals can rally and push their agenda and preachers get thrown in jail for offering them Christ. I'm offended too when non-Christians can complain about a store whose owner is Christian and celebrating Christmas by decorating his business with the Nativity scene and has to take it down. What about my offense?! The same standard that governs the rights of the LGBT, atheist and other non-Christians should protect my religious rights and not prohibit the free exercise thereof, especially since this a Christian Nation!There are three points of doctrine the belief of which forms the foundation of all morality. The first is the existence of God; the second is the immortality of the human soul; and the third is a future state of rewards and punishments. Suppose it possible for a man to disbelieve either of these three articles of faith and that man will have no conscience, he will have no other law than that of the tiger or the shark. The laws of man may bind him in chains or may put him to death, but they never can make him wise, virtuous, or happy.
In closing, I submit these words from 2 Chronicles after Solomon prayed to God to dedicate the temple he built:
If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. -2 Chron 7:13-14'Tis true, these are perilous times, but they're also praying times. Righteousness exalts a nation..