Monday, April 30, 2012

THOMAS JEFFERSON'S BELIEF IN JESUS CHRIST

For far too many decades our nation's public education (primary, secondary, and higher education), have drilled it into children's heads, including my own generation's, that Thomas Jefferson was either an atheist, or didn't believe that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, or something else that makes him unChristian or unBelieving in some way, thereby attempting to lower the thoughts, respect, and admiration of America's citizens for what is most likely the central figure of our nation's founding.

Here I'd like to share quotes by Thomas Jefferson himself.  It is impossible to read these and not come away with the understanding that Thomas Jefferson indeed believed in God, and was a very religious and Christian man.  As well, the reader will appreciate that Jefferson recognized that this nation is a CHRISTIAN NATION, under God, and that our only hope for maintaining our liberties is to continue to serve and love that God, even Jesus Christ.

The source for each quote is given, but I further clarify that I learned of these quotes first from the book The Real Thomas Jefferson by Andrew M. Allison, M. Richard Maxfield, K. DeLynn Cook, and W. Cleon Skousen.

Enjoy, and ponder recommitting yourself to our Maker, that in so doing, we may all band together and pray down the blessings of God upon this faltering nation.


 (meaning kept as in context, and recognizing that in his day referring to Providence or Deity in any way, was referring to Jesus Christ. Sources cited.):


"I shall need . . . the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our forefathers, as Israel of old, from their native land, and planted them in a country flowing with all the necessaries and comforts of life; who has covered our infancy with His providence, and our riper years with His wisdom and power; and to whose goodness I ask you to join with me in supplications, that He will so enlighten the minds of your servants (elected officials), guide their councils, and prosper their measures, that whatsoever they do shall result in your good, and shall secure to you the peace, friendship, and approbation of all nations." -- Thomas Jefferson, Second Inaugural Address


"An overruling Providence. . . by all its dispensations, proves that it delights in the happiness of man here and his greater happiness hereafter."  --- Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address


"I think that every Christian sect gives a great handle to atheism by their general dogma that without a revelation there would not be sufficient proof of the being of a God . . . On the contrary, I hold (without appeal to revelation) that when we take a view of the universe in its parts, general or particular, it is impossible for the human mind not to perceive and feel a conviction of design, consummate skill, and indefinite power in every atom of its composition.  The movements of the heavenly bodies, so exactly held in their course by the balance of centrifugal and centripetal forces; the structure of our earth itself, with its distribution of lands, waters, and atmosphere, animal and vegetable bodies, examined in all their minutest particles; insects, mere atoms of life, yet as perfectly organized as man or mammoth; the mineral substances, their generation and uses - it is impossible, I say, for the human mind not to believe that there is, in all this, design, cause, and effect, up to an ultimate cause, a Fabricator of all things from matter and motion, their Preserver and Regulator while permitted to exist in their present forms, and their regeneration into new and other forms.
"We see, too, evident proofs of the necessity of a superintending power to maintain the universe in its course and order.  Stars, well known, have disappeared, new ones have come into view; comets, in their incalculable courses, may run foul of suns and planets, and require renovation under other laws; certain races of animals are become extent; and were there no restoring power, all existences might extinguish successively, one by one, until all should be reduced to a shapeless chaos.
"So irresistible are these evidences of an intelligent and powerful Agent that, of the infinite numbers of men who have existed through all time, they have believed, in the proportion of a million at least to a unit, in the hypothesis of an eternal pre-existence of a Creator, rather than in that of a self-existent universe.  Surely this unanimous sentiment renders their more probable than that of the few in the other hypothesis.  Some early Christians, indeed, have believed in the co-eternal pre-existence of both he Creator and the world, without changing their relation of cause and effect." - Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Adams, Albert Ellery Bergh, ed., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, 15:425


"To talk of immaterial existences is to talk of nothings.  To say that the human soul, angels, God, are immaterial is to say they are nothings, or that there is no God, no angels, no soul.  I cannot reason otherwise; but I believe I am supported in my creed of materialism by the Lockes, the Tracys, and the Stewarts.  At what age of the Christian church this heresy of immaterialism, or masked atheism, crept in, I do not exactly know.  But a heresy it certainly is.  Jesus taught nothing of it."  -- Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Adams, Albert Ellery Bergh, ed., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, 15:274


"The relations which exist between man and his Maker, and the duties resulting from those relations, are the most interesting and important to every human being, and the most incumbent on his study and investigation." -- Albert Ellery Bergh, ed., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, 19:414


"All men are. . . endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights." - Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence


"May that Infinite Power which rules the destinies of the universe lead our councils to what is best, and give them a favorable issue for your peace and prosperity.  -- Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address


"I offer my sincere prayers to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, that He may long preserve our country in freedom and prosperity." - Thomas Jefferson, Albert Ellery Bergh, ed., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, 10:236


"Whatever is to be our destiny, wisdom as well as duty dictates that we should acquiesce in the will of Him whose it is to give and take away, and be contented in the enjoyment of those (loved ones) who are still permitted to be with us."  -- Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Page, Albert Ellery Bergh, ed., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, 11:32

"We are not in a world ungoverned by the laws and the power of a Superior Agent.  Our efforts are in His hand, and directed by it, and He will give them their effect in His own time." -- Thomas Jefferson, Paul Leicester Ford, ed., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, 9:516