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“The most effectual means of preventing the perversion of power into tyranny are to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts, which history exhibits, …..” - Thomas Jefferson, Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge, 1779
"This I hope will be the age of experiments in government, and that their basis will be founded in principles of honesty, not of mere force." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, 1796
Thomas Jefferson: "History by apprising [citizens] of the past will enable them to judge of the future; it will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it, to defeat its views." (Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 14, 1781)
"If the people do not keep their government as their slaves they will end up as slaves to their government." Thomas Jefferson
"Adore God. Reverence and cherish your parents. Love your neighbor as yourself, and your country more than yourself. Be just. Be true. Murmur not at the ways of Providence. So shall the life into which you have entered be the portal to one of eternal and ineffable bliss." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Jefferson Smith, 1825
"In our private pursuits it is a great advantage that every honest employment is deemed honorable. I am myself a nail-maker." --Thomas Jefferson, Jean Nicolas DČmeunier, 1795
"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned -- this is the sum of good government." - Thomas Jefferson
"He was certainly one of the most learned men of the age. It may be said of him as has been said of others that he was a 'walking Library,' and what can be said of but few such prodigies, that the Genius of Philosophy ever walked hand in hand with him." --James Madison, on Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Samuel Harrison Smith, 1826
HERE'S PROOF THOMAS JEFFERSON WAS A CHRISTIAN - By Bill Federer - Jefferson added in his “Notes on Religion”: “The Gentiles have the law written in their hearts, i.e. the law of nature: to which adding a faith in God’s & his attributes that on their repentance he would pardon them, they also would be justified. This then explains the text ‘there is no other name under heaven by which a man may be saved,’ i.e. the defects in good works shall not be supplied by a faith in Mahomet Foe, or any other except Christ …” (See entire column here.)
Did Jefferson Really Edit out the Miracles From His Bible? - By Dr. Jerry Newcombe - What you may have heard about Thomas Jefferson and miracles has been taken out of context. ...As president, Jefferson took time one night in 1804 to cull through the sayings of Jesus as found in the four Gospels. Why did he do this? The title he himself put on this unpublished work gives us a clue: The Philosophy of Jesus of Nazareth Extracted From the Account of His Life and Doctrines as Given by Matthew, Mark, Luke & John; Being an Abridgement of the New Testament for the Use of the Indians Unembarrassed with Matters of Fact or Faith Beyond the Level of Their Comprehensions.
...This abridgment, clearly intended for the Indians, was not a biography of Jesus, only His “philosophy” as the title states. As such it left out most material found in the Gospels that did not fit the goal of compiling a “philosophy,” but there is no evidence of a motive to delete all of the miracles or evidences of Jesus’ divinity. As our third president, Jefferson had made the largest land addition in American history with the Louisiana Purchase. Suddenly, hundreds of thousands of Native-Americans, many of whom had never heard about Jesus, were added to American territory. He wanted them to benefit from the moral teachings of Jesus Christ. Jefferson believed: “Of all the systems of morality, ancient or modern, which have come under my observation, none appear to me so pure as that of Jesus” (Letter to William Canby, September 18, 1813).
...Here are some miracles that remain in the so-called “Jefferson Bible”: Jesus sent His disciples to “heal the sick,” “cleanse the lepers,” “raise the dead,” “cast out devils” (Matthew 10:8). He healed a man on the Sabbath (Luke 14:1-6); He raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead (Matthew 9:18-25); He healed the bleeding woman (Matthew 9:20-22); Jesus healed two blind men (Matthew 9:27-31). Jefferson’s approach to the Bible, to strip away some of its rich doctrine in Christology or in the beauty of the Godhead, is not commendable or worthy of imitation. But contrary to what some atheists say today, Jefferson was not on a crusade to edit the miracles out of the Bible.
The God of the Bible or Allah? Do you know why Thomas Jefferson (author of our Founding Document) read the Quran and sent the Marines to Tripoli? http://www.citizenwarrior.com/2010/09/why-did-president-jefferson-read-quran.html
Thomas Jefferson – The Man Who Solved the Puzzle of America’s Formula for Freedom
The Miracle of the United States – America’s Formula For Freedom Part 1
2. The Miracle of the United States – The Man Who Solved the Puzzle of America’s Formula for Freedom, Part 2
3. The Miracle Of The United States – The Hope Of The World What is the Law of Nature’s God?
4. Judicial Power: The Founders’ Design
Learn how the ACLU, Barry Lynn, and others have many deceived.
See how Thomas Jefferson himself blatantly "violated" the "separation of church and state" attributed to him.
Was Thomas Jefferson a Deist? By Dave Miller (More on the Founders and the fallacy of deism here.)
Carolyn Abbott's collection of Jefferson quotes.
"I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent and of human knowledge that has ever been gathered together at the White House – with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone." ~ John F. Kennedy
234 Years Later, No One's Doubting Thomas - By Tony Perkins - "...By these, as testimonials that I have lived, I wish most to be remembered." --Thomas Jefferson. He was a president -- a man who doubled the size of our country, abolished the international slave trade, even developed the plans for West Point. When the Library of Congress was demolished in the War of 1812, he single-handedly restocked it. He invented the polygraph, swivel chairs, the dumbwaiter, message encoders, a form of the pedometer, even the macaroni noodle. He was America's first secretary of state, its father of intellectual property rights. But as impressive as those accomplishments are, they weren't what mattered to him. When Thomas Jefferson died, not one of these things appeared on his tombstone. "On the faces of the Obelisk the following inscription, & not a word more," Jefferson instructed. His legacy, he decided, would be three things: the Declaration of Independence, his founding the University of Virginia, and a local law that would become the foundation for our First Amendment -- the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. When visitors walk the garden path to his gravesite at Monticello, they realize that Jefferson -- whose face is on Mount Rushmore, the two-dollar bill, and carved into a giant marble likeness under the Tidal Pool dome -- was most proud, not of leading his infant country, but of his contributions to liberty.
Thomas Jefferson (letter to John Melish, 13 January 1813) - "An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens....There has never been a moment of my life in which I should have relinquished for it the enjoyments of my family, my farm, my friends & books."
Thomas Jefferson (letter to Edward Carrington, 16 January 1787) Reference: The Learning of Liberty, Prangle, 111. (http://PatriotPost.US/histdocs/) - "Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. Do not be too severe upon their errors, but reclaim them by enlightening them. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves."
James Madison (on Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Samuel Harrison Smith, 4 November 1826) Reference: The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Hunt, ed., vol. 9 (260-61) - "He was certainly one of the most learned men of the age. It may be said of him as has been said of others that he was a "walking Library," and what can be said of but few such prodigies, that the Genius of Philosophy ever walked hand in hand with him."
Thomas Jefferson, April 21, 1803 in letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush - "My views…are the result of a life of inquiry and reflection, and very different from the anti-Christian system imputed to me by those who know nothing of my opinions. To the corruptions of Christianity I am, indeed, opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus Himself. I am a Christian in the only sense in which He wished any one to be; sincerely attached to His doctrines in preference to all others…"
(Also see Leaders, Founder's Quotes & more & Warnings from the wise)
Thomas Jefferson on Politics & Government - Separation of Powers: Federal and State - "[T]he States can best govern our home concerns and the general government our foreign ones. I wish, therefore ... never to see all offices transferred to Washington, where, further withdrawn from the eyes of the people, they may more secretly be bought and sold at market. ... [W]hen all government ... shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another. ... Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread."
Thomas Jefferson warned of severing our religious foundation from freedom. He said, "Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we remove their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people, that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath?"
"The Constitution on which our Union rests, shall be administered by me [as President] according to the safe and honest meaning contemplated by the plain understanding of the people of the United States at the time of its adoption -- a meaning to be found in the explanations of those who advocated, not those who opposed it, and who opposed it merely lest the construction should be applied which they denounced as possible." Thomas Jefferson
"I shall need, too, the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our fathers, as Israel of old, from their native land and planted them in a country flowing with all the necessaries and comforts of life; who has covered our infancy with His providence and our riper years with His wisdom and power, and to Whose goodness I ask you to join in supplications with me that He will so enlighten the minds of your servants, guide their councils, and prosper their measures that whatsoever they do shall result in your good, and shall secure to you the peace, friendship, and approbation of all nations."
"Separation of Church and State" the misunderstood and miss-applied statement from Thomas Jefferson has resulted in liberals judges, the ACLU and other groups, have been able to deceive many and distort the Constitution and original intension of the First Amendment of our Founding Fathers. Jefferson's statement was in a letter to a group of Baptists in Connecticut, who were concerned about the the government breaching their religious freedom and the affairs of the Church. Click here to see the letter and how many have been duped.President Thomas Jefferson prayed this prayer for peace on March 4, 1805 "Almighty God, Who has given us this good land for our heritage; we humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Bless our land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endow with Thy spirit of wisdom those whom in Thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of earth. In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen."
Thomas Jefferson (letter to Peter Carr, 19 August 1785) Reference: Jefferson: Writings, Peterson ed., Library of America (814-815) "Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains rather than do an immoral act. And never suppose that in any possible situation, or under any circumstances, it is best for you to do a dishonorable thing, however slightly so it may appear to you... From the practice of the purest virtue, you may be assured you will derive the most sublime comforts in every moment of life, and in the moment of death."
Jefferson Quotes to consider:
When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in
Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.
I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and in our comforts, in our labor and in our amusements. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labor of the people, under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.
Yes, we did produce a near perfect Republic. But will they keep it, or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the surest way to destruction.
Carolyn Abbott's collection of Jefferson quotes.
Historian David Barton Battles Revisionist History and Paints the True Story of Jefferson /Christian Newswire/ History books routinely teach that Jefferson was an anti-Christian secularist, rewriting the Bible to his liking, fathering a child with one of his slaves, and little more than another racist, bigoted colonist -- but none of those claims are actually true. David Barton is revealing his discoveries about the real Thomas Jefferson in a new book, The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson which is celebrating its second week on the New York Times Bestseller List. "I thought I knew Jefferson," says Barton. "I'd certainly read plenty of books and articles about him, and I'd studied him in school and college. I'd also read much that today's Christian writers have said about Jefferson. I had developed what I considered to be a fair breadth of knowledge about Jefferson. But over the course of the past two decades as WallBuilders collected original writings and artifacts from the Founding Era (we currently have over 100,000 documents from before 1812), a very different view of him began to appear." Over the years our nation has seen an increasing trending towards revisionist history. The Founding Fathers have become victims of this distortion of historical record, often times in an attempt to carve the way for various political agendas. In order to establish a firm foundation on which our country can continue to grow, it is essential to understand the truths about the people and events on which this great nation was built.
Click here for "Monticello, The Home of Thomas Jefferson"
Thomas Jefferson and Religion at the University of Virginia
Commentary From Dr. D. James Kennedy
Thomas Jefferson, as well we all know, was a skeptic, a man so hostile to Christianity that he cut all references to miracles out of his Bible. He was, as the Freedom From Religion Foundation tell us, "a Deist, opposed to orthodox Christianity and the supernatural."
Or was he? While Jefferson has been lionized by those who seek to drive religion from public life, the true Thomas Jefferson is anything but their friend. He was anything but irreligious, anything but an enemy to Christian faith. Our nation's third president was in fact a student of Scripture, who attended church regularly, and was an active member of the Anglican Church, where he served on his local vestry. He was married in church, sent his children and a nephew to a Christian school, and gave money to support many different congregations and Christian causes.
Moreover, his Notes on Religion, nine documents Jefferson wrote in 1776, are "very orthodox statements about the inspiration of Scripture and Jesus as the Christ," according to Mark Beliles, a Providence Foundation scholar and author of an enlightening essay on Jefferson's religious life.
And what about the Jefferson Bible, that miracles-free version on the Scriptures? That, too, is a myth. It is not a Bible, but an abridgement of the Gospels created by Jefferson in 1804 for the benefit of the Indians. There is no evidence that it was an expression of his skepticism.
But didn't Jefferson believe in the complete separation of church and state? Here again the record tells a different story. For the ACLU, Jefferson's 1802 letter to the Baptists in Danbury, Connecticut, proves its claim that the First Amendment is an eviction notice for all religious expression in public life. But if that's so, why, two days after he wrote that letter citing the first Amendment's creation of a wall of separation between church and state, did President Jefferson attend public worship services in the U. S. Capitol building, something he did throughout his two terms in office? And why did he authorize the use of the War Office and the Treasury building for church services in Washington D. C.?
Indeed, many of Jefferson's presidential actions would, if done today, send the ACLU marching into court. He signed legislation that gave land to Indian missionaries, put chaplains on the government payroll, and provided for the punishment of irreverent soldiers. He also sent Congress an Indian treaty that set aside money for a priest's salary and for the construction of a church.
Most intriguing is the manner in which Jefferson dated official documents. Instead of "in the tear of our Lord," Jefferson used the phrase in the year of our Lord Christ." Christian historian David Barton has proof - an original document signed by Jefferson on the "eighteenth day of October in the year of our Lord Christ, 1804."
The supreme Court ruled in 1947 that Jefferson's wall of separation between church and state "must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach." Judging from the record, it looks like the wall that some say Tom built is, in fact, the wall Tom breached.
The real Thomas Jefferson, it turns, is the ACLU's worst nightmare.
American Minute with Bill Federer
April 13th: He drafted the Declaration of Independence and was Governor of Virginia. As the 3rd U.S. President, he approved the Louisiana Purchase and had Lewis and Clark explore it. His name was Thomas Jefferson, born APRIL 13, 1743.
Excerpts of his writings are inscribed on the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC: "God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever." In his 2nd Inaugural, Jefferson wrote: "I shall need, too, the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our forefathers, as Israel of old."
January 16: Jefferson's Article of Religious Freedom, which he commemorated on his tombstone, was passed this day, JANUARY 16, 1786, in the Virginia Assembly. In it, Jefferson wrote:
"Almighty God hath created the mind free, and...all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments...tend only to begat habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of religion, who being Lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was in his Almighty power to do, but to extend it by its influence on reason alone."
In his Second Inaugural Address, 1805, Jefferson wrote:
"In matters of religion I have considered that its free exercise is placed by the Constitution independent of the powers of the General Government."
In 1808, Jefferson wrote to Samuel Miller:
"I consider the government of the United States as prohibited by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises... Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the times for these exercises, and the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets."
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