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Is the US Constitution Based on the Bible?

October 9, 2019


Is the US Constitution Based on the Bible? Many famous conservative Christians say it
is Radio and TV host Glenn Beck said, “The
founders used the Bible as the compass to enact the laws of the Constitution”
Christian activist David Barton said, “I can show you clause after clause in the constitution
where they used the exact language of the Bible in the Constitution“
On the other hand, President John Adams signed, and Vice President Thomas Jefferson supported,
the Treaty of Tripoli. This treaty said, “The government of the
United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion”
This treaty was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate in 1797. That means that all 32 Senators agreed with
it, only 10 years after the Constitution was written, when most of the writers of the Constitution
were still living, and were available to answer questions about what they meant when they
wrote it The Treaty of Tripoli was law. It governed the relationship between the United
States and the nation of Tripoli, which is now Libya, in the Ottoman Empire
Who is right? Let’s take a close look at the Constitution
itself Let’s start at the very first words of each
document. Genesis says, “In the beginning God”. Matthew says, “the book of the genealogy
of Jesus Christ. Mark says, “The beginning of the gospel
of Jesus Christ, the son of God”. John says, “in the beginning was the word
and the word was with god and the word was god”
But the Constitution starts, in the Preamble, with “We the people”
In fact, God and Jesus, by their various names, are mentioned well over 10,000 times in the
Bible, but the body of the Constitution never mentions him a single time, unless you count
the date at the end, which is non-theological and simply trivial. And the Constitution does not mention the
Bible, or Christianity at all. Not one time. Let’s take a brief look at the whole Preamble. The Preamble tells us the reasons why our
founders wrote the constitution. Those reasons are union, justice, domestic
tranquility, and so forth. Notice what is missing: Any mention of any
religion or any God. This, again, is very much in contrast to the
Bible, in which God is the central figure, and which was written so that people could
believe in the Judeo Christian God and do what God wants them to do
Let’s move on to Article 1: Legislative powers. Article 1 is very clear that legislative powers
are vested in a House and Senate, which are elected by the people
I’d like to find some Bible passages to compare to Article 1, but there aren’t any. Any mention of any legislative body, or any
elected government whatsoever, is completely missing from the Bible, which says very clearly
that God chooses the leaders of government You may wonder why God chose people like Hitler,
Stalin, Bashar Al Assad, Nero and Caligula. That’s a very good question, but it will
have to wait for another video. God’s perfectly inspired Word clearly says
that he always picks the governing powers, so we’re going to have to leave it at that
The rest of Article 1 describes the details of the House and Senate. You can read it for yourself and see that
it is as Godless and non-Biblical as Section 1. But when we get to section 9, we find our
first parallel between the Bible and the Constitution: slavery. The U.S. constitution originally allowed slavery,
and in this section actually permitted imported slaves to be taxed at ten dollars per person
The Bible mentions slavery over 700 times, but not once does it say that slavery is wrong. Slavery was outlawed in the United States
in 1865 by the 13th amendment to the Constitution. There is no such amendment to the Bible
Section 9 goes on to protect rights of Habeas Corpus, and prohibit Bills of Attainder, ex
post facto laws and titles of nobility. The Bible does not guarantee these rights
and explicitly says that God will choose a king
Let’s move on to Article 2 of the Constitution, which describes the President and his powers. As with the Senators and Representatives,
the President is elected, not chosen by God, and serves for only a term of 4 years unless
he is elected again. This is very different from the Bible, which
says that God chooses a king, who served for life
You can read Article 2 yourself. It is just as Godless as Article 1. But there is one more thing about Article
2 which is very interesting: The oath that the President has to take. Notice that the oath does not mention any
god. Most Presidents do add something like “so
help me God”, I mean, after all, they are politicians, but that is not part of the President’s
oath of office and they don’t have to Notice also that there is no requirement for
the President to swear on a Bible Four Presidents actually did NOT swear on
a Bible: Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Pierce, John Quincy Adams and Lyndon Johnson. Now let’s move on to Article 3
Article 3 describes the court system. Note that Federal courts are independent of
the executive and legislative branches of the Federal government. There is no court system or judiciary in the
Bible. Kings, such as Solomon, decided matters which
are decided in the courts in the United States. In the Bible, the king’s power was unlimited. But in the Constitution, the powers of all
branches of government are limited. Solomon could even order that an innocent
baby be cut in half There were people who were called “Judges”
in the Old Testament, before the Hebrews had a king. But they were not judges in the same way that
the U.S. constitution defines “judges”. Old Testament judges were military and tribal
chieftains As it says in Judges 2:16, “The LORD would
choose special leaders known as judges. These judges would lead the Israelites into
battle and defeat the enemies that made raids on them.” Another thing that Article 3 does is to guarantee
the right to trial by jury. There is no hint of the idea of trial by jury
in the Bible. Let’s move on to Article 4
Article 4 deals mainly with various relationships between the individual states, so I won’t
discuss it here. But there are two parts of Article 4 which
are relevant to our question about the Bible and the Constitution. First, every state is guaranteed to have a
republican form of government, that is, an elected, representative government. As we have already seen, that is nowhere in
the Bible But we do find another parallel between the
Bible and the Constitution in Article 4, Section 2, which attempts to regulate slavery. It requires that escaped slaves be returned
to their owner, even if they escape to a state where slavery is illegal. There are many parallels to this in the Bible,
but the parallels to the stories of Hagar and Onesimus are particularly striking
Now, on to Article 5. This part of the Constitution describes provisions
for amending the Constitution. Very clearly, amending the Constitution is
a human endeavor, without any mention of any help from God, or any religion, or any religious
book. Once again, the Constitution very clearly
did not rely on the Bible for any of Article 5
Article 6 says that the Constitution, not the Bible, is the law. But this article contains one more clause
which is very interesting because it was very controversial way back in 1787 when the states
were deciding whether to ratify the Constitution, specifically because it contradicts the Bible
and over a thousand years of Christian doctrine Paragraph 3 of Article 6 says “… no religious
Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United
States”. This was very controversial specifically because
it contradicted Christian beliefs, and even contradicted the constitutions of many of
the states, which did require that elected officials and other government employees be
Christians Now, on to Article 7. This article discusses ratification. As with the rest of the Constitution, it is
the people who decide, not God. There is not even a suggestion that the people
ask God for help, although it also does not discourage them from doing so. Notice also that this article also contains
a sentence that is as close as the Constitution ever comes to actually mentioning God or Christ. “The year of our Lord”. This is obviously trivial and is certainly
not a theological reference. Some Christians make a big deal out of it,
but they are grasping at straws There is one other parallel between the Bible
and the Constitution. It is explicitly stated in the Bible many
times, but only not prohibited by the Constitution. That is: requiring an inferior, submissive
role for women. This is a common theme in the Bible and in
many modern Christian churches But we changed the Constitution, by adding
the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment, and adding the 19th amendment, which guaranteed
women the right to vote. So now the Constitution no longer permits
laws that require women to be treated as inferior to men
There are currently 27 amendments to the Constitution. You can read them yourself. They are all just as Godless as the original
Constitution. I don’t want to discuss them all in this
video, but I want to briefly mention the first ten, which are called “The Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights guarantees such things as religious freedom, the right to trial by
jury, right to peaceably assemble, prohibitions on unreasonable searches, protection against
self-incrimination, prohibition against excessive bail and double punishment for the same crime,
and the government’s obligation to provide an attorney if the accused can’t afford
one. The Bible does not guarantee any of these
rights In fact, the Bible specifically excludes some
rights that are guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. According to the Bible, exercising religious
freedom is heresy or idolatry. Exercising freedom of speech or freedom of
the press excludes blasphemy. The Bill of Rights prohibits double punishment,
and cruel and unusual punishment, but God dispenses infinite, eternal punishment in
Hell, in a burning lake of fire, to everyone who does not have faith in him
So, is the US Constitution Based on the Bible? We have seen that President Adams, Vice President
Jefferson and the entire United States Senate, passed a law that said that the United States
was not founded on Christianity, only 10 years after the Constitution was written. We have seen the Constitution never mentions
God, Christ, the Bible or Christianity a single time, except a trivial date reference at the
end. The central figure of the Constitution is
we the people, not God. We have seen the Constitution requires elected
government, a concept totally missing from the Bible. The Constitution requires a separate, elected,
legislative branch which we call Congress. But there is no form of legislative government
in the Bible The President’s Oath of Office, which is
specified in the Constitution, is not religious. The Constitution requires an independent judiciary, which is not in the Bible. The Constitution limits the power of government,
but the kings in the Bible had unlimited power The Constitution requires that there be no
religious test for a government job We have seen that Constitution guarantees
certain rights, such as Trial by jury, Freedom of speech and the press, No double punishment,
Religious freedom, Peaceably assembly, Reasonable searches, No self-incrimination, No excessive
bail, and Attorney provided, which are not guaranteed, and in some cases are even contradicted,
by the Bible But we have also seen that Constitution does
have two clear parallels with the Bible: both allow and attempt to regulate slavery, and
the Constitution permits laws requiring an inferior, submissive role for women. Both of these, however, have been repealed
by amending the Constitution. So, Is the US Constitution Based on the Bible? We hope we have given you enough information
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  1. This is by formation a secular nation in form of government. By population it is a Christian nation. It is a tactic of politicians and evangelicals to conflate the two, Thus it is a common urban myth that the U. S. is a Christian nation. Thank you for debunking this misunderstanding.

  2. Daniel 2:21 King James Version (KJV)

    21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:

  3. Daniel 4:32 King James Version (KJV)

    32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.

  4. It's the only document given to mankind to rule himself in the the history of mankind. and WE ARE DESTROYING IT. MAN WILL MESS UP LAST YEARS BIRD NEST!

  5. We are not supposed to force our beliefs on anyone. Proclaim liberty across the land and unto all of its inhabitants.-Leviticus 25:10. That is stamped on the liberty bell. See christian theocratic republic. 1A protects the Bible. 2A protects 1A. Have you read the Old Testament? Washington turned down being king. Who does that? A true Christian.

  6. From the very start where it mentioned Art.11 of the Treaty Of Tripoli,
    is where this failure of an upload began.

  7. James Madison said he got the idea of three branches of government from Isaiah 33:22. James Madison called it the perfect governor.

  8. Separation of Powers comes from Jeremiah 17:9. The founders said men are not angels, we don't obey God perfectly. Therefore Montesquieu was right to separate the powers.

  9. The fact that the U. S. Capitol building was available for church on Sundays was due to the Art. I, Sec. 7 constitutional requirement that forbade federal lawmaking on Sundays; and this recognition of a Christian Sabbath in the U. S. Constitution was cited by federal courts as proof of the Christian nature of America. While not every Christian observes a Sunday Sabbath, no other religion in the world honors Sunday except Christianity. As one court noted, the various Sabbaths were “the Friday of the Mohammedan, the Saturday of the Israelite, or the Sunday of the Christian.” Why was Jefferson a faithful attendant at the Sunday church at the Capitol? He once explained to a friend while they were walking to church together:

    No nation has ever existed or been governed without religion. Nor can be. The Christian religion is the best religion that has been given to man and I, as Chief Magistrate of this nation, am bound to give it the sanction of my example.

  10. You are missing the context as to why the Treaty Of Tripoli's statement that the U.S. was not "founded on the Christian religion," which is that "religion," including the religious aspects of Christianity created by men–which the founders fled from–could be used to create a tyrannical system whereby all who did not agree with the Christian religion might be persecuted. The Treaty of Tripoli does not prove the founders were not inspired by their understanding of Biblical principles in order to formulate the U.S. Constitution. In fact, there are examples in the U.S. Constitution itself which it could easily be argued are Biblical in nature, such as the word "Liberty" in both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution's preamble, i.e., the Liberty Bell, which was made in 1751, quotes Leviticus 25:10, which states, "Proclaim LIBERTY Throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof." Again, the Bell literally says, "Lev XXV X." Even the most ardent skeptic–who is honest–should be willing to admit that the Bible must have had, at the very least, some influence on the founders belief that Liberty should be afforded to all. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence: "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." Though Jefferson was not a Christian because he did not view Jesus as the Son of God and the One that all men must believe in to attain eternal life. However, the founders in general–with few exceptions–were religious men, being Christian, despite the misinformation that some assert against the view that the founders were overwhelmingly Christian.

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