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The church, America, and Israel


It is not a coincidence that the same people who hate the church also hate America and Israel. Some people that claim to be Americans hate the church and Israel, but they are not truly Americans. Americans are not just people who live on this land. They are people who believe in and strive to live by the values that this nation was built on. Anyone who is remotely honest about history will acknowledge that the principles the United States was founded on were inspired by the Bible. It is abundantly clear that although the colonists and early citizens of the U.S. were not perfect, they were believers in the Bible. They sought to implement a system of government based on its values. A short sampling of the many quotes from the founding fathers about God and the Bible is evidence:

“Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law

book…What a utopia, what a Paradise would this region be.” (John Adams)

“I have examined all religions, and the result is that the Bible is the best book in the

world.” (John Adams)

“The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the

first precepts of Christianity.” (John Quincy Adams)

“…may the associated distribution of the Bible proceed and prosper till the Lord shall have

‘made bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall

see the salvation of our God’ (Isaiah 52:10).” (John Quincy Adams)

“I do declare to the whole world that we believe the scriptures to contain a declaration of

the mind and will of God in and to those ages in which they were written, being given

forth by the Holy Ghost moving in the hearts of holy men of God; that they also ought to

be read, believed, and fulfilled in our day, being used for reproof and instruction, that the

man of God should be perfect. They are a declaration and testimony of heavenly things

themselves, and as such, we carry a high respect for them. We accept them as the words

of God himself.” (John Quincy Adams)

“The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected in one dissoluble

bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.” (John Quincy

Adams)

“The Bible is a book worth more than all the other books that were ever printed.” (Patrick

Henry)

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often than this great nation was founded, not

by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

(Patrick Henry)

“By conveying the Bible to people thus circumstanced, we certainly do them a most

interesting kindness.” (John Jay)

“The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be

happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life

by its precepts.” (John Jay)

“…it is the duty as well as the privilege of our Christian nation, to select and prefer

Christians for their rulers.” (John Jay)

“…if you were to ask me to recommend the most valuable book in the world, I should fix

on the Bible as the most instructive to both the wise and ignorant…and should you renew

the inquiry for the best philosophy or the most interesting history, I should still urge you to

look into your Bible. I would make it, in short, the Alpha and Omega of knowledge.”

(Elias Boudinot)

“As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system

of morals and His religion as He left them to us, the best the world ever saw, or is likely

to see.” (Benjamin Franklin)

“We all agree in the obligation of the moral principles of Jesus and nowhere will they be

found delivered in greater purity than in His discourses.” (Thomas Jefferson)

“The only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government is

the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the

Bible.” (Benjamin Rush)

“I have been alternately called an aristocrat and a democrat. I am neither. I am a

Christocrat.” (Benjamin Rush)

“The revealed law of God is the rule of our duty.” (Roger Sherman)

“One of the beautiful boasts of our municipal jurisprudence is that Christianity is part of

the Common Law. There has never been a period in which the Common Law did not

recognize Christianity as lying at its foundations.” (Joseph Story)

“The moral principles and precepts found in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all

our civil constitutions and laws.” (Noah Webster)

“Our citizens should early understand that the genuine source of correct republican

principles is the Bible, particularly the New Testament, or the Christian religion.” (Noah

Webster)

“Religion is the basis and foundation of government.” (James Madison)

“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of

government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon

the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain

ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” (James Madison)

“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” (George

Washington)

“If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on

prospering…” (Daniel Webster)

“Finally, let us not forget the religious character of our origin. Our fathers were brought

here by their high veneration for the Christian religion. They journeyed by its light, and

labored in its hope. They sought to incorporate its principles with the elements of their

society, and to diffuse its influence through all their institutions, civil, political, or

literary.” (Daniel Webster)

According to a study by the American Political Science Review of 15,000 quotations used by the founding fathers, 34% of them came from the Bible. The founding fathers practiced some denomination of Christianity, mostly Episcopalian, Congregationalist, and Presbyterian. 24 of 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence had a seminary or Bible degree. The Bible is inseparably woven into American law and history:

Congress spent money on missionaries to the native Americans, religious instruction, and

the distribution of 20,000 Bibles.

The Liberty Bell has an inscription of Lev 25:10.

State conventions to ratify the Constitution were often held in churches and began in

prayer.

Public worship was held in the Capitol every Sunday at 11:00 starting in 1795 and for

years after. In 1867, the Capitol church was the largest in D.C. with up to 2,000 attendees

each week.

Congress has always had paid Chaplains who open every session with prayer.

Congress pays for over 4,500 military chaplains.

There have been numerous national days of prayer.

In 1800 Congress enacted naval regulations requiring Sunday services on each vessel.

Thomas Jefferson had church held not only at the Capitol, but at the War and Treasury

Departments.

By 1815, there had been over 2,000 governmental calls to prayer at State and Federal

levels.

In 1864, Congress added “In God We Trust” to coins.

Thanksgiving and Christmas have been official holidays since 1870.

In 1954 Congress added “one nation under God” to the pledge of allegiance.

In 1954 a prayer room with a Bible was added to the Capitol.

In 1956 Congress made “In God We Trust” the national motto, and added the phrase to

paper money.

The Constitutions of all 50 states acknowledge God.

After being requested to do so by Congress, President Reagan declared 1983 the year of

the Bible.

Every session of the Supreme Court starts with the declaration, “God save the United

States and this honorable court.”

The Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld the Christian heritage of the United States.

Monuments and buildings all over Washington D.C. have religious notations on them.

“In God We Trust” is displayed in both houses of Congress.

Images of the Ten Commandments are all over Washington D.C., including numerous

places in the Supreme Court.

Not only are Bible verses all over the Washington Monument, the capstone says “Praise be

to God” in Latin.

There are several Bible verses in the Lincoln Memorial.

There are several Bible verses on the walls of the Library of Congress, and the Gutenberg

Bible is on display there.

Israel is the nation and land of the descendants of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob.

1. 3,000 years of continuous Jewish presence

2. When Rome conquered in A.D. 70, they renamed the area Palestine after the Philistines.

Until 1948, the terms Palestine and Palestinian referred to Jews.

3. Jerusalem was never a capital during Muslim control. It was an outpost in a province. The

only time Israel was ever home to one nation was for the Jews.

4. Arabs did not use the word until the 20th century

5. No such nation ever as Palestine

6. 1860s – Jewish majority in Jerusalem

7. Between 1878 and 1914, Jews bought deserted undeveloped land from absentee Arab

land owners at high prices

8. After WWI – Ottoman empire fell, British control

9. 1917 Balfour Declaration – Britain recognizes Jewish communities and promotes idea of

homeland for Jews

10. 1920 San Remo Conference – international law recognizes British policy

11. 1922 – League of Nations instructs facilitation of Jewish immigration (British mandate)

12. 1920s-1940s – Jews continue to rebuild land, and re-establish culture and industry.

100,000 Arabs living there benefitted from Jewish industry, and were welcome.

a. Muslim infant mortality rate cut in half from 1925-1945

b. Muslim life expectancy rose from 37 in 1926 to 49 in 1943

13. 1937 Peel Commission – peace w. Israel and Arabs by partition. Arabs reject and attack.

Grand Mufti opposed (concordat w. Hitler against Jews)

14. 1936-1939 – Nazis support Arab attacks

15. 1882-1939 – over 400,000 Jews immigrate, mostly from Russia and Poland, to escape

persecution and poverty and to build their homeland

16. 1947 – U.N. proposed partition with Palestinians – Israel gets only 13 percent, 60% of

which is desert – Palestinians refuse and instead attack attempting to destroy Israel

17. 1948 – independence and war with 5 nations (Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, TransJordan, Egypt)

within hours, Israel won and gained land

a. several hundred thousand Arabs voluntarily leave although welcome to stay and

become “refugees” unwelcome in neighbor Arab nations who had told them to flee the war because they assumed they would win

b. Arab nations refuse to recognize or negotiate with Israel

18. 1967 – 6 day war with 4 nations, Israel wins, Arabs refuse to negotiate

a. Israel took land won in war defending itself that the Palestinians did not claim before.

b. Israel repeatedly tried to end the occupation but they refused to negotiate. Israel still

built them infrastructure, gave them freedom of movement and medical and

educational facilities. The West Bank was the fourth fastest growing economy in the

70’s. Per capita income rose 80%, unemployment dropped to 2%, number of school kids

went up 102%.

19. 1973 – Syria and Egypt defeated in Yom Kippur War

20. 1979 – Israel cedes entire Sinai Peninsula captured in 6 day war

21. 1993 Oslo Accord – Israel gave control to the Palestinian Authority

22. Israel withdraws from Lebanon in 2000 and West Bank and Gaza in 2005 – continuous

assaults from those places including 15,000 rockets from West Bank toward civilians.

Israel gave their towns and infrastructure.

23. 2000 – Yasser Arafat rejected Camp David proposals and began terror attacks

24. Arabs always initiate the attacks and target civilians including children

a. Hamas

b. PLO

c. Fatah

d. Islamic Jihad

e. Hezbollah

f. Popular Front

25. Refugees

a. Arab refugees created by refusal to accept U.N. partition and subsequent war, not by

Israel driving them out

b. Over 850,000 Jews driven out of Muslim lands between 1948 and 1954

c. 160,000 Arabs accepted Israel’s invitation in 1948 to become citizens. 3 were elected to

Knesset.

d. between 472,000 and 750,000 Arabs left because of the coming Arab invasion which

they were told would be short and conquer Israel and they could then return. The Arab

countries who encouraged them to leave refused to let them integrate in their lands

and made refugee camps for them. The Palestinian Authority has received billions from

the U.N. and even Israel, but they have not used the money to help the people. They

want them to suffer so they can use them politically.

The nation and people of Israel were the ones who gave us the Judeo-Christian ethic that the church and America were based on (John 4:22, Romans 3:1-2, Romans 9:4-5). They gave us the Bible and the Messiah. That is why people who call themselves American but do not embrace these values, and those who hate the church, America, and Israel are thus disposed. It is really Jesus Christ and the Bible they hate. This is nothing new. Jesus said if they hated Him, they would also hate His people, and if they love Him, they will also love His people (Matthew 10). Herod and Pilate were enemies until it was time to kill Jesus (Luke 23:12). This also explains why the church, America, and Israel are not enemies. Although American Jews tend to be liberals, this ought not to be. Conservative Christians are the best friends of Israel. Although American liberals think the church is the enemy of their idea of America, it is not the enemy of what America really is.


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