“This Constitutional requirement that an office holder must believe in God is a logical and consistent protection against those who might drive our Constitutional republic in a bad direction.”
— Jake MacAulay (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iD0t6Ykv5DE)
18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe--and tremble!
— NKJV Bible
As a follower of YHWH, I must question what so called “belief in God” really means when those who claim such “belief” violate the Natural Rights of Individuals which our Creator has granted to everyone?
Mr. MacAulay makes what sounds like a good argument for this “constitutional requirement” which some states have forced upon its People against their otherwise free will — that same free will that our Creator has granted each and every individual.
The irony here is that our so called “constitutional republic” has been driven in a bad direction from the near onset of America’s founding by so called “believers”.
For example, these same states which have such mandates in their constitutions were the very states which interfered in private contracts between individuals in marriage — a matter of CHURCH rather than STATE, thus violating the US Constitution. In the early 1800’s, these states prohibited marriage between blacks & whites, thus violating their sacred Natural Rights. Later on some of these states began granting “marriage licenses” allowing certain couples to bypass the prohibition. Then of course the Federal Government violated the Natural Rights of ALL Americans by passing a national marriage act in the mid-20th century making STATE “licensing” a secular norm for this private matter of CHURCH.
And that’s just ONE example of how so called “believers” holding office have blatantly violated the sacred Natural Rights granted to every individual by their Creator — whatever “Creator” means to each individual.
The Word of God, the Bible, plainly states that even the demons believe in God, yet they engage in endless Godless acts. As a matter of fact, this is certainly likewise for humans — both so called “believers” and “unbelievers”.
So what is more important: offices held by individuals who SAY they believe in a Supreme Being or by individuals who ACT as such?
Americans know full well the kind of people who SAY they are “believers” yet ACT against the sacred Natural Rights granted by our Creator. We even have a name for such folk: “Hypocrites”.
We humans generally despise hypocrisy, and from my studies of the Bible God does too. Hypocrisy of this particular type is often exhibited by the so called “Conservatives” within the Republican Party, which is why so many people today loathe it. Likewise with the so called “Liberals” and their Democratic Party regarding a variety of other issues, an old native American might say, “American politicians speak with a forked tongue.”
But of course, these two “sides” have yet to recognize the fact that they’ve been deceived into believing the false political dichotomy which has been indoctrinated into the psyche of nearly every individual on the planet. This amazingly powerful deception perpetuates an endless battle resultant only in tyranny, division, and failure through various adaptations of the Collectivist philosophy, into an otherwise Individualist nation exemplifying Liberty. To learn more about this browse to my blogpost: Collectivism VS Individualism: The REAL Political-Philosophical Battle (http://infinityliberty.blogspot.com/2014/11/collectivism-vs-individualism-real.html).
The Colonial settlers escaping the British monarchy knew full well the tyranny exhibited by nations whose governments were mixed with certain authoritarian aspects of religion. Such is why the American founders penned the Declaration of Independence by using the term “Creator” rather than “God” or “Jesus”.
Consider that the term “Creator” is far more inclusive and non-suggestive than the terms “God” & “Jesus”, which are even considered inaccurate at best and sinful at worst to many followers of YHWH. “Creator” allows for the individual in a free secular society to consider individual perspectives regarding either a Supreme Being or nature itself in accordance with their own free will.
Also as a matter of fact, the Bible teaches that God gives free will to ALL so that they might choose blessing or cursing resultant from the WAY in which one walks. One’s individual relationship with the Creator is personal and only governed by one’s own free will — it is not subject to the will of any other human being, although the vast majority of human-made churches would have one believe otherwise.
In the founding of America, the true concept that every individual of the human race — regardless of ethnicity, culture, or creed (aka: beliefs) — has Natural Rights was historically for the first time in such a way codified into its legal documents. Further, the sole purpose for the establishment of such a government for this new nation of America was so that it would be under the Rule of Law to Protect Individual Natural Rights:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” — Declaration of Independence
So in TRUTH, these states which attempt to make it a requirement that a public servant of any kind believe in a Supreme Being do so by blatantly stepping beyond its legal US Constitutional limits and are in direct violation of our sacred Individual and Unalienable Natural Rights which were granted by our Creator.
Those who teach otherwise by either deception or ignorance do so in opposition to the will of our Creator, and therefore should give serious consideration to their own actions which are at enmity with our Creator.
bernard baruch carman
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