What brilliant, inspired, strokes of the pen the founders made when setting this document, the Contstitution, to paper in 1787. It laid out the template for our unique form of government.
But they knew it wasn’t perfect.
They knew they would still want to make changes–they knew they still needed to add a Bill of Rights–a list of the rights of the people–which ended up being the first 10 amendments to the constitution which were finally ratified on December 15, 1791.
The government is not allowed to break these rights especially freedom of religion–since this is one of the main reasons they left England for the new world.
For example, let’s take the first amendment:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, 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.”
Now our founders were Christians and did believe in God as stated in their own words.
But they knew people would be practicing many different types of religions in our country over the years, for example:
Christians, Mormons, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and so on. That’s why you will not find one statement on Christianity in our Constitution.
You will find God and the Creator.
Why is this the case, if they were Christians?
The basic foundation of our government is based on Judeo-Christian principles, but it is set up to protect the freedom of all to worship God in their own way–the religious freedoms they came to America to find.
They knew in order to make this republic work they could not establish a state religion and besides, again, that is what they fled England for–the freedom to worship as they choose.
So they formed the government and the Bill of Rights in such away that any religion would and could be accepted,
as long as that religion followed the laws of the Constitution and not just the laws of any one religious sect.
These are the five fundamental religious points the founders believed should be taught in school:
1. There exists a Creator who made all things and mankind should recognize and worship Him.
2. The Creator has revealed a moral code of behavior for happy living which distinguishes right from wrong.
3. The Creator holds us/mankind responsible for the way we treat each other.
4. All mankind lives beyond this life.
5. In the next life mankind will be judged for their conduct in this one.
These five tenets run through practically all of the founder’s writings. They sometimes referred to this as the religion of America. These five tenets could be the tenets of any religious sect.
These tenets are very simple and it is the way our founders wanted the whole Constitution to be. So, we the people, could read it and understand it.
The constitution is like the Bible in that it is for each one us to read and live by. It is not a collective thing, it is an individual thing.
In other words, pick it up and read it yourself, don’t go by what someone else tells you.
The Founding Fathers ideas on Jesus, Christianity and the Bible can be found at
Samuel Adams: This group of basic beliefs which constitute “the religion of America is the religion of all mankind.” –Wells, Life of Samual Adams, 3:23