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U.S.A - A Nation Founded on Christian Faith

Discussion in 'Political Debates' started by true blood, Aug 31, 2004.

  1. Scott1

    Scott1 Well-Known Member

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    Just FYI: It has...... ;)

    He's one!

    Nice debate pah........ remind me never to mess with ya! :eek:

    Peace,
    Scott




     
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  2. true blood

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    Look, I'm only 24 years old. I come here to have fun, debate, and listen to other's viewpoints. I'm not interested in anyone's respect. If you feel you "win" the debate...good for you, congrats. However the library of congress has plenty of data from the time of the nation's founding fathers, what they did and what they said. I'm not going to read some foreign king's book of doom and relate that to how my country was founded. Have a good day.
     
  3. Pah

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    I don't see why not. The Book of Doom (circa 1000 CE) was the only thing that indicated common law was based on Christianity. It is as influencial as the Magna Carta signed 200 hundred years later (1215 CE) in establishing the laws and freedoms of our nation. Unfortunetly for your arguement, Christianity was removed from it.

    So, in summary, the United States operated under English common law in the days of colonization and that continued in the framing of the Constitution. English common law, by then, had been divorced from Christianity for over 500 years and had built a judical system that looked within itself for authority, not to the authority of God. The common law of England was well known to the colonists and they kept it as the basis of Constitutional law.

    It would be more correct to call our nation an English nation rather than a Christian nation becuase that was the overwhelming system of governance at the time (Plymouth, for a brief period of time, and Louisiana come to mind as exception to English common law).

    The US was founded on Christianity - No it was founded under common law.
    Common law was Christian - No, not at the time of our founding and for hundreds of years previously.
    The Constitution is devoid of the Christion God - Yes

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  4. true blood

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    Its obvious you think Christianty is about laws. It is not. Christianity is about living on the principles that Christ taught. It's about freedom, justice, love, peace, equality, etc... this country was founded on like principles.
     
  5. Pah

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    There is "Christian law" as I've defined it previously. But I think there is more to Christianity than just that.

    And I agree. So was modern day Japan but there is no Christianity in that founding either and very little of their spiritual heritage, if any, incorporated into the governemnet.

    You have to understand the distinction bewtween governance and private conduct in a secular world. So many non-Christians throughout the world follow those self-same principles.

    I have never denied that the US was not a nation of Christians and that politians bring their conscience to bear on their official duties. I have never denied that many of the founders and framers where not of Christian character. I have denied and proved that what those early Americans did, with their Christian conscience, was to erect a system of Godless government. That is the mark of our nation - not the Christianity. Too many other nations having a majority of Christians fail to reach the pinnacle of governance that we have acheived. If Christianity is the key, than the citizens of those other nations should be considered citizens of ours. God is not sovereign in the United States but only in the hearts and minds of some of it's citizens, not the country.The only authority that all citizens of the United States share is the Constitution.

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  6. clirus

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    Blackstone's discussion of the law goes into great detail about how English Common Law came into existence, and there can be a lot of discussion of how law has changed from God's law of the Old Testament, to English Common law. However, I return to what Blackstone said.

    "THIS law of nature, being co-eval with mankind and dictated by God himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times: no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this; and such of them as are valid derive all their force, and all their authority, mediately or immediately, from this original."

    The key point here is that law was dictated by God himself, it is superior to all other law, and that no laws contrary to the laws dictated by God are valid.

    There have been many sets of laws. God's law of the Old Testament was valid law, but the punishment was death in order to keep the purity of the society. Christ's law of the New Testament was intended to prevent the individual from ever getting to the point of violation of God's law by the Holy Spirit directing the individual. God's law and Christ's law are not different and may be considered as Christian law. For the Christian, the punishment of God's law is irrelevant, for the atheist, God's law and punishment is applicable.

    Romans 8:2-6 says, "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that is was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the thing of the Spirit. For the carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace".

    Because men refuse the follow God, there is a definite attempt to discredit and eliminate Christian law from existence. That is why you see Blackstone showing the degeneration of the law, but reminding everyone that no laws contrary to the laws dictated by God are valid.

    The attempt to eliminate Christian law is now at the stage where the American judicial system is legalizing pornography, abortion and homosexuality.

    No Christian should vote for any democrat because of the democratic party support of abortion and homosexuality.
     
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  7. Pah

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    Austin's hangman argument seems to contradict Blackstone
    Since common law is the precedential accumulation of judicial decision, it would seem that a plea that is repugnant to the judicial system would not carry in defense of acts prohibited by the system. Law evolves with precedent and the system of current law reflects the origins. If the origins were God's law (or derived from God's law) such a plea would carry weight.

    Perhaps you can tell us what Blackstone said about the eccelsiastical courts which housed God's laws and their relation to civil law.


    It is obvious from what you wrote that "death" is not necessairly of the body for if it were there would be a corpse for every sin. The Old Testamnet administered corporal punishemnet only when the sin was "discovered" by the people. You lead one to believe that God, in his omniscience, would have known the sin and extracted the "fleshly"punishement from the sinner.

    This may lead to the argument that the laws were not of God but of the people.


    Must I remind you that the framers of the Constitution and the ratifiers (the people) did not chose to be governed by God's law in any form of theocracy. God's law was certianly present in the homes of many Christians. It was when it escaped the homes that it made atrocities in social justice (I am thinking of the Salem Witch Trials and the banishment of citizens of Plymouth).

    Christian law was eliminated from our national society when the Constitution and admendments were ratified. There has been no "recent start". Free speech has always been recognized as free speech. Individual rights have always been recognized as individual rights. What has started has been an effort to Christianize what always has been secular.

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    I should remind you that the conservative justices appointed by Republican administrations
    have affirmed Roe v Wade despite having an excellant opportunity to overthrow it. I should remind you also that this same conservative court overthrew a decision by a much more liberal court. (Bowers v Hardwick, 1986)

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  8. clirus

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    pah quote
    Christian law was eliminated from our national society when the Constitution and admendments were ratified.

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    The discussions presented in this topic, where many of those who were involved with the Constitution presented both Religious and non Religions statements is going to make it hard to disprove your statement, however I do not agree with that statement and will look for evidence to support that the Constitution was a continuation of and endorsement of Christian Law.

    There was certainly a concern when the Constitution was written that there should not be a government religion, because many of those who came to America were fleeing the Church of England and other European churches that were basically government churches.

    I believe the reason for the concept of separation of church and state was to ensure the government did not infringe on the Christian religion and other religions. You can infringe by 1) establishing a government religion, or 2) by passing congressional legislation, or 3) by the judicial system legalizing immorality that is contrary to religion.

    The Constitution address the first two of these infringements. The Constitution does not address the third. It is interesting to note that the judicial system was a do nothing group until two events occurred.

    1) The senate started being elected instead of being appointed.

    2) Franklin D. Roosevelt and other democrats thought they could do an end run around congress by legalizing socialism through the judicial system.

    Democrats were quick to realize that they could bring things into existence through the judicial system that would never pass through congress. Since the senate appoints the federal judges, the control of the senate meant control of the judicial system, and thus control of America. I think this was a plan that was carefully crafted in Boston, New York City and the North Eastern States.

    The attempt to eliminate Christian law is now at the stage where the American judicial system is legalizing pornography, abortion and homosexuality.

    No Christian should vote for any democrat because of the democratic party support of abortion and homosexuality.

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    It is obvious from what you wrote that "death" is not necessairly of the body for if it were there would be a corpse for every sin.

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    Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our lord."

    Some Christians say the death that is being described as wages is the separation from God for eternity (hell). However, I believe the wages of sin is physical death. When you look around, you see the wages of homosexuality is AIDs, the wages of sexual immorality is abortion and venereal disease, the wages of an alcoholic is a diseased liver, the wages of excessive eating is obesity, the wages of smoking is lung cancer, etc.

    God does not want people to live in misery nor to die. He provides the BIBLE as a Basic Instruction Book for Living Everyday. God does not force anyone to read or use the Bible, but why choose death over life.

    John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
     
  9. Rex

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    I think the question of this thread should be remade into either:

    USA- its founder's believed in Christianity?

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    USA- where did our laws come from?
     
  10. Pah

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    You would do well to go to post #10 in this thread where sites are given that discredits the notion of Christian Law - which comes from scripture) being the foundation of our country in favor of common law



    I believe you will find that it was Plymouth Colony that wrote law reflecting God's law and that was changed when Plymouth Colony became the Bay Colony.


    Your opinions #1 and #2 are incomplete under Constitutional Law and #3 is flat wrong

    Wrong again! from the US Senate web site "Voters have elected their senators in the privacy of the voting booth since 1914." The Marshal court established the Supreme Court as sole authority for constitutionality in Maybury v Madison in 1803 - hardly a "do nothing" case

    I don't know where or when this "plan" was crafted - perhaps you could find some documentation for it?

    The Supreme Court has never, and I repeat, never crafted law. It's only function is to distinguish the constitutionality of law passed by Congress upon complaint of an injured party. It the law is unconstitutional, then it is rejected and Congess must come up with another that passes the test of constitutionality - period!!!

    You downplay the role of the President in nominating candidates for federal courts.

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    There was never any "Christian law" in Constitution. Please show where a Christian Law exisited.

    There have been plenty of Christians on this board who have so indicated that they would vote for a Democrat. Would you like, in your arrogance, to say no "true Christian"?



    According to what I understand of Christianity, no Christian is free from sin.

    Where are all the corpses? I assume you are a sinner and not Jesus Christ and that you still live. Your statement of the "wages of sin" seem to be lacking a great deal of logic.

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  11. Quoth The Raven

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    That is truly impressive. You, Alexander The Great,Ghengis Khan and whoever the reigning Roman Caesar is should all get together and have a big party, where you can pat each other on the back and congratulate yourselves on how fab your respective empires are.
    Except you can't do that, because empires invariably fall, and all those have.Todays superpower is tomorrows cluster of seperate states, fighting amongst themselves and selling their stray ICBM's to the highest bidder.
    That aside, I fail to see how that has any bearing on whether the USA is a nation founded on Christian faith
     
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    Just say's it was dictated by God, doesn't specify which one. For all we know it was dictated by Gary Ablett - who happens to have been an Australian footballer who's nickname was God. I-and several other people I know - refer to the TV remote control as the God. While I find it highly doubtful that my tv remote is capable of formulating any sort of coherent thought, let alone dictating it to anyone, can you see the point I'm trying to make?
     
  13. painted wolf

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    once again I'd like to point out that the constitution was based in part on the Iriquois great law... a nonchristian document. ;)

    The USA has always been a multi-ethnic and multi-religious nation.

    wa:do
     
  14. retrorich

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    Aye, with the power to unjustly attack and destroy a country which represented no threat to us, killing thousands of innocent people in the process. :mad:
     
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