Silence of Mind has written an excellent post here. What do I wish to add in order to amplify my agreement?
Observe that the Constitution is not our nation’s founding document. That honor belongs to the Declaration of Independence. Instead of the day the Constitution was formally ratified, that is why we celebrate July 4th. Whereas the Declaration stated why we needed a new government, the Constitution implemented the kind of government we need to protect our rights.
Why did the people of the 13 American colonies believe their rights were God-given? The Bible tells us that we belong to God, and God commands us to love each other and to respect each other’s rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Did Thomas Jefferson simply restate a verse or passage that he found in the Bible? No, but the ideas are clearly there.
The Bible says God created us, and He made each of us in His image. So, we belong to God, and He created us as equals in the sense that each of us have the image of God stamped upon us.
The Bible prohibits us from murdering each other. Therefore, we have the right to life.
Does the Bible prohibit us from enslaving each other, taking the liberty of another person? Effectively, yes. The Bible prohibits stealing. If we take another man’s freedom, isn’t that stealing something most precious from that man?
What about the pursuit of happiness, the freedom to use our lives as we each deem best? Do any of us have the right to pressure and force others to believe as we believe? No, The Bible tells us to do unto others what we would have others do unto us. Which of us would want some arrogant soul trying to force us to think and do like him? The Apostle Paul put it this way.
Romans 14:4 New American Standard Bible
4 Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
The atheist says1 that human rights come from the government. America’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence says:
<i>”All men are created equal and that they are endowed with certain unalienable rights among them the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”</i>
So who do we believe, the atheist who believes that everything just happened all by itself; or do we believe the geniuses who designed the American Republic, the greatest, most just, most prosperous, most technically advanced nation in human history?
<i>”In reality, rights are granted by governments. Period. If a government does not grant and protect a right, it is not a right.”</i>
Why is this so wrong?
First, from the Founding to about the mid-1960’s American government was small and its citizens free. The Bill of Rights stated for the first time in history, the rights of…
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