The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom.
By PAUL STRAND
April 24, 2007 – The Scrooge Report Post
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia – The Bible was American children’s first textbook.
And most textbooks for centuries after were Bible-based.
In fact, in this age where many think that the Founding Fathers wanted a high wall of separation between church and state, it’s surprising to see how much the Bible was at the root of almost everything that made America free, well-educated and prosperous.
Right from the start of America’s history, the Bible has been in the thick of things.
Stephen McDowell from the Biblical Worldview University, said, “The Bible was the most central influence in the beginning, birth, growth and development of the United States — in education, government, law — in every area.”
McDowell and Mark Beliles of the Providence Foundation co-authored America’s Providential History, where they present the facts of this overwhelming influence.
The authors say that the Founding Fathers found knowledge of the Bible absolutely vital.
Beliles said, “Many, in fact, who were lawyers actually first went and got theological degrees, because they understood the need to know biblical ideas of law.”
“The very laws and constitutions were written and drawn from the Scriptures,” said McDowell.
Patriot Patrick Henry stated, “the Bible is a book worth more than all the other books that were ever printed.”
Congress found the Bible so important, it even printed it for the American people back in 1782.
When George Washington was inaugurated, he didn’t just swear on the Bible.
“But he actually kneeled before it and kissed it,” said Beliles.