““We the People” is a far better term. It’s inclusive to all people.
“We the People” in the United States Constitution doesn’t stand for a
majority of any particular religion, ethnicity, or creed. We the People
means each of us individually, with our own individual rights and
Jews reject Jesus, and therefore the New Testament of the Bible. The
Christians accept Jesus, and use that new covenant to reject most of the
Old Testament. So what value is shared amongst these two religions that
have deep philosophical differences and a contentious history?
The answer we always hear is…rights come from God, not man. But this
is an extremely vague, and incomplete definition. For example, how can
anything be deemed a “Judeo-Christian” value if it’s not in the Bible?
In order to be honest with the wording, there must be two conditions.
Rights come from God, and those rights from God are specifically stated
in the Bible.
Unless someone can find in the Bible where it states that all men
have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, no one
should claim that’s a Judeo-Christian value. If it’s not Biblical, it’s
When a man claims that the story of Jesus’s virgin
birth was a myth, which is what Thomas Jefferson did, nothing he states
that’s not in the Bible should be considered a Judeo-Christian value. No
matter how much you agree with a man’s philosophy, that doesn’t make
him a divine prophet. When examining the following statements, the differences in philosophy are not even remotely close.
- You shall have no other Gods before me – First Commandment
- Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the
priest who represents the LORD your God must die – Deuteronomy 17:12
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of
speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to
assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances –
The first two are the result of ancient and ignorant men claiming to
speak for god. The third is a result of the Enlightenment, a
philosophical movement that transformed the world.
What is a right that comes from God? Do we have a right not to be
killed that comes from God? Many will point to the commandment in the
Bible, thou shalt not kill. However, shortly after giving that
commandment Moses murders his own people for worshiping a golden calf
and slaughters the Midianites, including women and children. And let’s
not forget Exodus 21:17 “Anyone who curses their father or mother is to
be put to death.”
Do you believe in the death penalty, even if it means condemning a
minority percentage of wrongly convicted people? Do you believe in
bombing terrorists or enemy combatants, even if it means collateral
damage? Do you believe that the United States was justified in dropping
two atomic bombs on Japan during WWII? What are the exceptions to “thou
shalt not kill,” and who determines those?
What about slavery? Is owning slaves a right from God? If people
believe that their right to own slaves comes from God, it might be very
difficult to take those rights away. That could start a Civil War. I find it very interesting that many outspoken Christians on the
subject of ethics use slavery as an example of so called moral
relativism. They claim that being against slavery represents objective
morality from God. Objective moral truth. But where in the Bible does
God condemn slavery? And what’s the difference between Christians today
who decry slavery and the Christians in the past centuries who supported
the institution? How is this phenomenon not explained through moral
How do we interpret the following passage from the Bible?
Leviticus 25:44-46New International Version (NIV)44 “‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the
nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. 45 You may also buy
some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their
clans born in your country, and they will become your property. 46 You
can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make
them slaves for life
There are Christians today who claim that the following Bible passage
somehow negates this previous one. “Anyone who kidnaps someone is to be
put to death, whether the victim has been sold or is still in the
kidnapper’s possession.” (Exodus 21:16) However, this passage only
offers punishment against kidnapping. It doesn’t condemn slavery when
conquering other people. It doesn’t condemn purchasing children from
their fathers which would also not be considered “kidnapping.”
Can the Bible be used to promote the institution of slavery as a
right from God? Yes, it can, and it has been. Can the Bible be used to
show that God doesn’t grant the right to own slaves? Yes, but only with
selective and liberal interpretation of scripture. What’s the difference
of direction between the two approaches? Human society, geographical
logistics, and the year on the calendar.
The concepts of good and evil come from philosophy. It all comes down
to human opinion. There is no escape from this fact. A man claiming to
speak for God is using human opinion to put the words into God’s mouth. A
man claiming that other men claiming to speak for God, actually were
speaking for God more than the millions of other men making the same
claim, is also using human opinion as to what men claiming God said was
actually something God said. Using the word faith doesn’t add any integrity or decency to the argument.
Morality, a system of right and wrong, isn’t from God, it’s from
philosophy. When it comes to what’s right and wrong, humans have
advanced in our understanding of ethics while the Bible has remained
Slavery can easily be interpreted as a right from God in
Biblical scripture. So can the right to murder a woman who doesn’t prove
her virginity on her wedding night. And the list goes on and on. Something to consider the next time someone tells you that our rights
come from God, or uses the term “Judeo-Christian values.”…
Refer …Universal Declaration of Human Rights…http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html
The 48 countries which voted in favor of the Declaration are: