Sunday, March 16, 2014
Republicans do believe it but most Americans know God did not Create America: part 6
The lie: Most Americans Believe God Created America, Claims Mike Huckabee (Video):
Our continued explanation of the truth about what and why Americans believe how America was made and by who:
More and more Christians were becoming embarrassed by the cruelty of so much of their Christian history. Christians had conducted fearsome crusades. They conducted inquisitions, and persecutions in the name of God.
This was a God that is supposed to be all encompassing, all understanding, and all forgiving. They were becoming increasingly enamoured with liberty and freedom of conscience. The bloody reformation for many, proved to be the final straw.
Reason did seem to be the answer. However, could a God stripped of the mystery that had surrounded him for centuries be an effective God? In the west Christians were on the edge of a more secular age,though they still adhered to a belief in God.
The new Religion of reason would be known as Deism. This is belief claiming foundation solely on the evidence of reason. They believed in the existence of God as creator of the Universe who after setting it in motion abandoned it.
He assumed no control over life. He exerted no influence on natural phenomena. He also gave no supernatural revelation, man that sounds pretty objective.
It had no time for the imaginative disciplines of mysticism and mythology. It turned its back on the on the myth of revelation. The new religion also turned its back on such traditional mysteries as the Trinity.
The Trinity had for so long held people captive of superstition. Instead it declared allegiance to the personal God which man could discover with his own efforts.
Francoise Marie De Voltaire was the embodiment of the enlightenment movement. He also described his version of the perfect Religion. Wouldn’t it teach much morality and very little dogma?
Wouldn’t it tend to make men just without making them absurd? It would be a religion that did not make you believe in things that are impossible. He believed it would be a religion that was not contradictory. He believed that it would be a religion that was not injurious to divinity, and harmful to man.
He believed it would be a religion which did not menace with eternal punishment anyone possessing common sense? Would it not be that which did not uphold its beliefs with executioners?
Wouldn’t it be a religion that did not inundate the earth with blood on account of unintelligible argument? It would be a Religion that taught only the worship of one God, justice, tolerance, and humanity. This all sounds ideal, he has my vote.
James M Joiner