On the 238th anniversary of the signing of the Deistic document, the Declaration of Independence, today we need to realize not only what that accomplished in 1776, but what it made possible for Deists and all freethinkers to DO today.
Prior to the American Revolution religion and government were inseparable. Grounded in the false and man-made propaganda of the divine rights of kings, the people were subjected to having virtually no say in their own lives. Bible verses such as Romans 13:1-7 which teaches in part, "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation." Based on this Bible nonsense George Washington and everyone who took part in the American Revolution in now receiving damnation for their revolutionary actions.
In the US prior to the American Revolution people who did not attend the government approved church on Sundays would be fined and sometimes jailed. This all ended with the successful completion of the Deism based American Revolution. These principles then spread to most of the British Empire and much of the world. The fact that the American revolutionaries made the cost too high for the British government to continue fighting to keep control and the status quo in America made it possible for other progress promoting and freedom loving people around the world to achieve many of their goals without the violence.
The American Revolution and the individual people who sacrificed so much to start and to carry out the American Revolution made it possible for us, today - right now, to bring about a revolution in religion based on our innate God-given reason and Deism. This is made clear by Thomas Paine who wrote in The Age of Reason, "Soon after I had published the pamphlet Common Sense, in America, I saw the exceeding probability that a revolution in the system of government would be followed by a revolution in the system of religion. The adulterous connection of church and state, wherever it had taken place, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, had so effectually prohibited by pains and penalties, every discussion upon established creeds, and upon first principles of religion, that until the system of government should be changed, those subjects could not be brought fairly and openly before the world; but that whenever this should be done, a revolution in the system of religion would follow. Human inventions and priestcraft would be detected; and man would return to the pure, unmixed and unadulterated belief of one God, and no more."
We need to take full advantage of this vitally important opportunity that was purchased for us with the sweat, blood and lives of the liberty loving people of the American Revolution. We need to see to it that we educate as many people as possible to the existence and reality of Deism and let them know that they are not limited to "revealed"/hearsay religions, nor to Atheism, nor to Agnosticism because they have the amazing natural and rational alternative of Deism.
Americans who celebrate the Fourth of July with get-togethers of family and friends, should make the effort to bring up in conversation the profound Deistic roots of what is being celebrated. Let people know about the proud history of Deism.
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