Monday, November 17th, 2008 | Author:

My blogger friend, Hercules Mulligan, has just posted the second installment of a series examining the political and religious battles that raged during the American Revolution. It pitted the Christian founding fathers against the Illuminati, a group that was pushing deism.

Deism acknowledges the existence of a creator of the world; however, it denies supernatural revelation, and therefore, it denies the inspiration and accuracy of the Bible and the Gospel. Deism has been associated with the term “natural religion,” because deism seeks to replace the authority of divine revelation (chiefly the Scriptures) with natural science, reason, and philosophy. Deism believes that if man relies upon his reason, guided by the study of nature, than he will be a moral and virtuous creature, acceptable in God’s sight.

This basic tenet of deism is obviously opposed to that of the Christian Gospel, which maintains that man does not have enough goodness in himself to make himself moral or acceptable to God, but must rely upon the atonement of Jesus Christ for justification and salvation from sin.

With that understanding, what really jumped out at me was the following quote by Benjamin Rush, a devout Christian, and one of those who signed the Declaration of Independence.

I fear all our attempts to produce political happiness by the solitary influence of human reason will be as fruitless as the search for the philosopher’s stone. It seems to be reserved to Christianity alone to produce universal, moral, political, and physical happiness. Reason produces, it is true, great and popular truths, but it affords motives too feeble to induce mankind to act agreeably to them. … I anticipate nothing but suffering to the human race while the present systems of paganism, deism, and atheism prevail in the world.

The battle he describes started in the Garden of Eden with this lie from the serpent: you will be like God. (Gen 3:5) From that day, through the American Revolution, to this day, man prefers to believe that he is in charge. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, man believes that he knows best how to define and execute justice; that he can safely build ocean-side cities below sea level, and ocean-view mansions on mud-slide prone hills in the middle of fire-prone deserts; and even if God does exist, we don’t really need Him … because if we acknowledge that we do need Him, then we must humble ourselves before Him and admit our sin.

[Thank you, Herky. Well done.]

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