Thursday, April 5, 2007

Don't expect Thomas Jefferson to celebrate Easter with you

Yet again (as noted here) there's a post that talks about how our Founding Fathers based our country on the Bible.

The republic we live in has its basis in the Bible. This does not mean our leaders will dominate civil law by "forcing Christian beliefs" on every citizen, as alleged by liberals. Consider the stability the Bible offers. For example, in our republic, murder will always be a crime because God's Word says it is. On the other hand, in a democracy, if the majority decides murder is not a crime, it becomes legalized....

[I]t appears from the last two Presidential elections, that a wave of conservatives are awakening to a new understanding of the original intent of the Founders and a keen awareness of the work of secular humanist liberals to undermine the very fabric of this country and replace it with an anarchy.

I tried to post a comment in reply, but Norton didn't like Haloscan today, so I'll just comment here by reiterating that some of the Founders were anti-Christian Satan worshippers.

In this Easter season, it's good to remember how Thomas Jefferson ended his version of the Bible. Let's start with verses 41 through 44.

41 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be the Christ, save thyself and us.
42 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
43 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
44 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

Um, that isn't what Jesus told the second malefactor, but Jefferson didn't want the truth to get in the way of a good story. Ideas like "paradise" would muddle Jefferson's perfect little world.

Let's continue.

52 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
53 And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:
54 Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children.

And apparently nothing happened to the curtain of the temple in Jefferson's version.

But wait, there's more (or less).

59 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.
60 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.
61 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
62 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.
63 There laid they Jesus,
64 And rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.

And that's how Jefferson's story ends, with a dead Jesus in the tomb. No resurrection, no salvation.

And yet people still appeal to Jefferson as a great Christian. The mind boggles.

Anyone who argues that the Founders based this nation on the Bible is forced to admit that the Founders, at most, did what Jefferson did and kinda sorta picked and chose the parts of the Bible that they wanted to enshrine. And, as I noted before, if the Founders truly got their views directly from the Bible, they didn't want to admit it.


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