Is the United States a Judeo-Christian nation that was built on Judeo-Christian values? What happens when we compare the US Constitution with the Bible?
According to George Washington, there were many sources of inspiration that established our government. Let’s examine some of those influences.
The ancient Greeks – The first democracy was formed in Athens during the 6th century B.C.E.
The ancient Romans – The Romans adopted a Republic long before Christianity was a religion.
The Renaissance – A reawakening of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy
Philosopher John Locke
Social Contract Theory (more ancient Greek influence)
The Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy (Native American influence)
The US Constitution begins with “We the People.” It contains three branches of government to provide a separation of powers. It’s the basis for a Republic. The people don’t vote on issues, they elect representatives that vote on issues on their behalf.
The founding fathers didn’t create the US Constitution from scratch. As Washington put it, it’s the result of many years of labor from philosophers, sages, and legislators. In other words, it is the result of many generations. The founders had the education of earlier government structures and history to draw from many sources.
So how does this compare to the Bible? The Bible consists of two parts, The Old Testament, and the New Testament. The governing structure of the Old Testament is based on a man named Abraham and his foreskin. According to Abraham he is the divine ruler that everyone must obey. Why? Because God told him all the land belongs to him and that his sons will be kings. In exchange, Abraham was to get circumcised.
What about the New Testament? There is no governing structure in the New Testament for two reasons.
#1 God will take care of everything. Take no thought for the morrow.
#2 The end will be here any minute now. Spend your time repenting and giving up your worldly possessions. No need to plan for the future as there is no future.
How much resemblance does the US Constitution have with the Bible? Thankfully none. Something to keep in mind the next time you hear that our country was built on Judeo-Christian values.
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